Alumni Spotlight



OSUN recently lost one of their own with the passing of David DiSilvestro, a recent OSUN graduate.  He leaves behind his wife Oliva, who is expecting their second child and his 2 yr old son, Dante.  David was a member of Dr. Ouliana Ziouzenkova’s lab and she states "We will always remember David as a bright scientist and sparkling father, and as a warm person with a very special sense of humor.  He was also a greatly loved lecturer, who was just starting his own career”.  

David primary research interests were to identify new therapies for treating diabetes and obesity.  He published multiple papers during his time as a graduate student including the following manuscript reporting some of his finding using a novel approach to improve glucose tolerance in genetic and diet-induced mouse models of obesity: 

DiSilvestro DJ, Melgar-Bermudez E, Yasmeen R, Fadda P, Lee LJ, Kalyanasundaram A, et al. (2016) Leptin Production by Encapsulated Adipocytes Increases Brown Fat, Decreases Resistin, and Improves Glucose Intolerance in Obese Mice. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153198.

Some of David’s contributions to science are also highlighted in the following video:

David passion for science and love for life will be missed by all who knew him.  Gifts in his memory may be made to the David DiSilvestro Fund for Excellence in Translational Science, Fund #315947. Checks may be sent to the EHE Office of Advancement at 110 Arps Hall, 1945 N. High St.