Petra Popovics, PhD

Credentials: K01 Scholar/Scientist l
Ricke Lab


Dr. Popovics`s research focuses on the role of osteopontin in the pathogenesis of lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD) in the aging men. Osteopontin drives chronic inflammation and fibrosis that are key features of LUTD, thus, its pharmacological inhibition may provide a new strategy for the therapeutic management of the disease. Dr. Popovics is utilizing 3D tissue culture models, immunohistological analysis, and mouse models of prostatic fibrosis and inflammation to define the regulation and the downstream targets of osteopontin in the prostate.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Sciences/Molecular Biology, University of St. Andrews, UK, 2013
  • M.Sc., Biology, University of Pecs, Hungary, 2009



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