Bios

 

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and also a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). The primary focus of his laboratory is developing and testing metabolic therapies, including ketogenic diets, ketone esters and natural and synthetic molecules to target metabolic processes. His research also explores the use of these therapies for a broad range of disorders linked pathophysiologically to metabolic dysregulation, including seizures, neurodegenerative diseases, genetic diseases and cancer. D’Agostino’s laboratory uses in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic therapies. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.

 Travis Christofferson is a graduate of the Montana State Honors Program in molecular biology. He received the Nelson Fellowship for "outstanding undergraduate research", and continued graduate research in bioremediation and cancer theory culminating in an M.S. in Material Engineering and Science from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

He is a science writer and the author of the recently released book Tripping Over the Truth: The Metabolic Theory of Cancer. The book offers a historical perspective on the reemerging metabolic theory of cancer -- a theory that contends cancer is precipitated and driven by damage to mitochondria.