David P. Cistola, MD, PhD

Vice President for Research & Innovation

David CistolaDr. David Cistola serves as Chief Research Officer and oversees the Division of Research & Innovation, which includes the Offices of Grants & Contracts Management, Research Compliance, Research Development & Commercialization and the Department of Laboratory Animal Medicine.

Working with the President’s leadership team, Dr. Cistola is responsible for the strategic direction of the University’s research and scientific portfolio and the administrative infrastructure that supports it.  As Chief Research Officer for the University, he serves as the institutional official responsible for research integrity, the protection of human and animal research subjects and for bio-safety compliance.

His  current research interests include biophysical techniques related to the development of new diagnostic and screening methods for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Cistola has served as a member and Chair of the NIH F04 Study Section, which reviews pre- and post-doctoral fellowship applications in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering. He also has served on the Rehabilitation Peer Review Panel of the Defense Medical Research and Development Program, and the Military Relevance Review Panel of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Prior to UNTHSC, he served as Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science and in the College of Allied Health Sciences, and Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Dr. Cistola established the DoD-funded Operation Re-entry North Carolina, a university-wide research initiative focused on the concerns of military personnel returning from deployment and their families. He previously served for 18 years on the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Dr. Cistola graduated from the MD-PhD program at Boston University School of Medicine. He trained as an NIH Fellow in the Cardiovascular Institute and held the Andrew Costello Fellowship of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International from 1987-1988.