Department of Neurology

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12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd,
Tampa, FL 33612

Phone: (813) 974-8143
Fax: (813) 974-7200

Vasyl Sava, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor


Ph.D.: Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry
Academy of Sciences of USSR, Minsk
Residency: Laboratory of Gene Chip
China Medical College, Taichung, Taiwan


Research Interests:
Neurotoxicology associated with understanding of the mechanisms of DNA damage and repair involved in development of Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases. Vulnerability of adult hippocampal neural stem/progenitor cells. Utilization of endogenous neurogenesis in reparation of neuronal damage and improvement of cognitive functions in Alzheimer animal model.

Selected Publications

Sava V, Velasquez A, Song S, Sanchez-Ramos J. Adult Hippocampal Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells In Vitro Are Vulnerable to the Mycotoxin Ochratoxin-A Toxicological Sciences 2007 98(1):187-197

Sava, V., Velasquez, A., Song, S., Sanchez-Ramos, J. Dieldrin elicits a widespread DNA repair and antioxidative response in mouse brain. J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2007; 21(3): 125-35.

Sava, V., Reunova, O., Velasquez, A., Sanchez-Ramos, J. Can low level exposure to ochratoxin-A cause parkinsonism? J Neurol Sci. 2006 1; 249(1): 68-75.

Sava, V., Reunova, O., Velasquez, A., Song, S., Sanchez-Ramos, J. Neuroanatomical mapping of DNA repair and antioxidative responses in mouse brain: Effects of a single dose of MPTP. Neurotoxicology. 2006; 27(6):1080-93.

Sava, V., Reunova, O., Velasquez, A., Harbison, R., Sanchez-Ramos, J. Acute neurotoxic effects of the fungal metabolite ochratoxin-A. Neurotoxicology. 2006; 27(1): 82-92