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Roman A. Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.

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Administrative: (585) 273-5635

Office: (585) 276-3396

Fax: (585) 275-1121

Research Labs

Our primary focus is the role of mitochondria in regulation of cell fate in normal stem cells and in cancer cells.

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The main goal of our research efforts is to understand how cell metabolism determines cell fate and how it can be manipulated for the purposes of prevention and therapies. Mitochondria are "powerhouses" of the cell and also important components of cell signaling. In undifferentiated stem cells mitochondria are inactive but become activated during the process of differentiation. We focus on the mechanism of this metabolic switch in mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), common precursors of osteoblasts, chondrocytes, and adipocytes, and how this mechanism is disrupted in aging and in various diseases.

Similarly to undifferentiated stem cells, many cancer cells show preference for glycolytic over mitochondrial metabolism even in the presence of adequate oxygen, a phenomenon known as the Warburg effect. We study how cell metabolism regulates sensitivity of osteosarcoma to treatments. Our data indicate that the Warburg effect is especially pronounced in osteosarcoma cancer stem cells (CSC), and reversal of this effect makes CSCs less viable and more sensitive to radiation.



Undergraduate/Medical | Russian State Medical University (RSMU)

MD | Russia-Russian State Medical Univ

Graduate | University of Rochester School of Medicine

MS | University of Rochester School of Medicine

PhD | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2003 - 03/30/2005
Center for Musculoskeletal Research


2009 - 2011
CTSI KL2 Career Award
Sponsor: NCRR/NIH

2004 - 2007
Wilmot Cancer Research Fellowship
Sponsor: Wilmot Foundation

NIH Travel Scholarship
Sponsor: Keystone Symposia

Graduate Student Society Research Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester SMD

Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: Frontiers in Mitochondrial Research

Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: Frontiers of Mitochondrial Research

1993 - 1995
Moscow Mayor's Honorary Scholarship
Sponsor: Russian State Medical University

1987 - 1988
Freshman Competitive Scholarship
Sponsor: Russian State Medical University

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Patent Title: Use of Cyclophilin D Inhibitors to Treat or Prevent Bone Disorders
Patent #: 9,833,467
Issue Date: Dec 05, 2017
Country: United States
Invented By: Roman A Eliseev


Journal Articles

Tow BD, Deb A, Neupane S, Patel S, Reed M, Loper AB, Eliseev RA, Knollmann BC, Györke S, Liu B. "SR-mitochondria crosstalk shapes Ca signaling to impact pathophenotype in disease models marked by dysregulated intracellular Ca release." Cardiovascular research.. 2021 Oct 22; Epub 2021 Oct 22.

Hollenberg AM, Huber A, Smith CO, Eliseev RA. "Electromagnetic stimulation increases mitochondrial function in osteogenic cells and promotes bone fracture repair." Scientific reports.. 2021 Sep 27; 11(1):19114. Epub 2021 Sep 27.

Hollenberg AM, Maqsoodi N, Phan A, Huber A, Jubril A, Baldwin AL, Yokogawa N, Eliseev RA, Mesfin A. "Bone Morphogenic Protein-2 Signaling in Human Disc Degeneration and Correlation to the Pfirrmann MRI Grading System." The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society.. 2021 Mar 4; Epub 2021 Mar 04.