Michael J. Urban

2015 - Ph.D.
Primary office:
Mentor: Rick Dobrowsky, Ph.D.

Educational Background

  • 2003 – B.S. Biology, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
  • 2003 – B.A. Chemistry, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS
  • 2003 – Present – Officer, United States Army / Kansas Army National Guard
  • 2010 – M.S. Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • 2010 – Present – Neuroscience Graduate Student, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS


After serving four years active duty as an Officer in the U.S. Army, I earned my M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Kansas while working in the research group of Dr. Brian S.J. Blagg (Medicinal Chemistry). This research entailed a collaborative study with Dr. Rick T. Dobrowsky (Pharmacology and Toxicology) exploring the use of Hsp90 inhibitors as potential neuroprotective agents for the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Our novel Hsp90 inhibitor, KU-32, effectively reverses most of the sensory hypoalgesia and nerve conduction deficits associated with DPN in streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetic mice. We are currently examining the effects of KU-32 in more chronic DPN intervention studies as well as elucidating the mechanisms associated with its neuroprotection.

Contact Information

The University of Kansas
Neuroscience Graduate Program
c/o Dr. Rick Dobrowsky
School of Pharmacy, Ste 2001-D
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Telephone: (785) 864-3531 or (785) 864-3893
E-mail: dobrowsky@ku.edu or psteffan@ku.edu

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