Dr. Veronica Ardi-Pastores

College of Letters and Sciences
Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Dr. Ardi earned a PhD in Environmental Toxicology and BS in Biology and Chemistry at University of California, Irvine. She completed a microbial toxin project before conducting postdoctoral research at The Scripps Institution Research Institute (San Diego, CA). Dr. Ardi was a research scholar at San Diego State University following her time at Scripps. In July 2014, she joined National University as full-time faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

At National University, Dr. Ardi teaches General Biology (BIO 161), Cellular Biology (BIO 406 & 406A), Microbiology (BIO 203 & 203A), Survey of Biology (BIO 100 & 100A) and Introductory Chemistry (CHE 101 & 101A). She is also active with students driven independent research projects. As a microbial and cellular biologist, Dr. Ardi has many interests in science application. Currently, her research focuses on water quality, pathogen source tracking, and microbial toxins. She mentors both graduate and undergraduate students.

Selected publications:

Janine M. Low-Marchelli, Veronica C. Ardi, Edward A. Vizcarra, Nico van Rooijen, James P. Quigley, and Jing Yang. “Twist1 induces CCL2 and recruits macrophages to promote angiogenesis.” Cancer Res. 2013; 73: 662-671.

Veronica C. Ardi, Leslie D. Alexander, Victoria A. Johnson, and Shelli R. McAlpine. “Macrocycles That Inhibit the Binding between Heat Shock Protein 90 and TPR-Containing Proteins.” ACS Chem. Biol. 2011; 21(16):4716-4719. DOI: 10.1021/cb200203m.

Bekes EM, Schweighofer B, Kupriyanova TA, Zajac E, Ardi VC, Quigley JP, Deryugina EI. “Tumor-recruited neutrophils and neutrophil TIMP-free MMP-9 regulate coordinately the levels of tumor angiogenesis and efficiency of malignant cell intravasation.” Am J Pathol. 2011; 179(3):1455-70.

Ardi, V., E. Deryugina, and J. Quigley. “TIMP-free proMMP-9 derived from inflammatory neutrophils catalytically triggers physiologic angiogenesis via a FGF-2-mediated pathway.” J Biol. Chem. 2009;284(38):25854-66.

Ardi, Veronica C., T.A. Kupriyanova, E.I. Deryugina, and J.P. Quigley. “Human Neutrophils Uniquely Release TIMP-Free MMP-9 to Provide a Potent catalytic Stimulator of Angiogenesis.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2007, 104: 20262-20267.

Ardi, Veronica C. and Olson, Betty H. “Increase Sensitivity in Detection and Quantitation of Virulence Factors of Aeromonas hydrophila and Aeromonas caviae using Quantitative PCR.” Fifth International Conference on Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions. WIT Press 2004.

Contact Details

College of Letters and Sciences
vardi@nu.edu
858/642-8647