Two MCOM inventors named inaugural NAI Senior Members

Two USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) faculty members – Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, and Subhra Mohapatra, PhD — were among four USF inventors recently selected for a prestigious honor.  They were named members of the inaugural class of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Members.

They are among 66 leading academic inventors from across the nation who received the new NAI honor. USF is the founding home of the NAI and its headquarters are located at the USF Research Park.

Dominic D’Agostino, PhD, associate professor
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Dr. D’Agostino’s laboratory develops and tests metabolic-based therapies including ketogenic diets, ketone body supplements and metabolic-based drugs that target seizure disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolic dysregulation, cancer, muscle wasting and exercise performance. His laboratory works to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic therapies. He joined USF in 2006 and holds five U.S. patents.



Subhra Mohapatra
, PhD, professor
Department of Molecular Medicine

Dr. Mohapatra’s laboratory focuses on the discovery and development of treatments for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. For cancer research, her focus has been on understanding the role of the onco-immune environment that plays a critical role in tumor growth and recurrence. She has developed methods and platforms to expand cancer stem cells; identified novel drug candidates for targeting cancer stem cells in breast, colon and lung cancers; and studied their mechanism of action. For neurodegenerative disease research, her focus has been to study chemokine signaling involving the spleen-brain axis in regulating neurodegeneration and developing drug delivery methods and anti-inflammatory agents. She joined USF in 2000 and holds 14 U.S. patents.

NAI Senior Members are active faculty, scientists and administrators from NAI member institutions with success in patents, licensing and commercializing new technologies. The NAI honor recognizes those who have produced technologies that create a meaningful impact for the wider world.

Senior members undergo a two-step selection process, including internal NAI review and consideration by the Advisory Committee. The committee comprises elected NAI members and other professionals considered pioneers in their respective fields. Senior members are elected quarterly and nominations are accepted on a rolling basis.

A full list of NAI senior members is available on NAI website, and nominations are currently being accepted for the Spring 2019 class on the website.