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Christopher Rivard, PhD

Assistant Professor of Research, Division of Medical Oncology

chrisrChristopher Rivard, PhD



  • A.S.  St. Petersburg College
  • B.S.  University of Florida
  • M.S.  University of Florida
  • Ph.D. University of Florida

Dr. Christopher Rivard has joined the Division of Medical Oncology as an ASSISTANT RESEARCH PROFESSOR (faculty position) within Dr. Fred Hirsch’s research laboratory transferring in from the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension. His background is in the area of microbiology, mammalian cell culture, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and in-vivo studies.  He received a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 1983 working to explore the metabolic pathways of methanogenic bacteria. Working for the DOE, he developed skills in analytical chemistry and instrumentation as well as systems engineering and integration of novel fermentation systems. Over the past 13 years he has worked here at AMC in Renal Medicine in the areas of genetic engineering, genomics and proteomics in the discovery of important transport accessory proteins including the gamma subunit of Na/K-ATPase. More recently he has focused attention on the discovery of botanical extracts as inhibitors of carbohydrate metabolism including collaborating in the development of a dual catheterized rat model (with Harlan Laboratories) for use in pharmacokinetic studies. He also served as the Laboratory Manager for the Renal Division for the past 5 years. He is excited to begin the next phase of his career in joining the Hirsch Laboratory and Medical Oncology.  

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