Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology

Dominic D'Agostino I-6194-2012

Dominic D'Agostino, PHD

Associate Professor, College of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

Research Scientist, Inst. Human and Machine Cognition

Contact Info 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MDC 8
FL 33612

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  • PHD, Physiology, Neuroscience, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2004
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Nutrition Science, Rutgers University, 1998

Academic Philosophy

"Educating future scientists and clinicians on metabolic-based research to advance the treatment and prevention of disease"

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Metabolic Regulation and Disorders
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Other
  • Oxygen Toxicity

Research Interests

  • The primary focus of our laboratory is developing and testing metabolic-based therapies, including ketogenic diets, ketone body supplements and metabolic-based drugs. Our laboratory uses in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic therapies. Our research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations, foundations and donations to USF.


  • American Association for Cancer Research (Assistant Professor, 2014 - Present)
  • Microscopy and Microanalysis (Assistant Professor, 2010 - Present)
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (Assistant Professor, 2005 - Present)
  • Aerospace Medicine (Assistant Professor, 2005 - Present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (Assistant Professor, 2004 - Present)
  • American Physiology Society (Assistant Professor, 1999 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Ari C, Kovács Z, Murdun C, Koutnik AP, Goldhagen CR, Rogers C, Diamond D, D'Agostino DP. Nutritional ketosis delays the onset of isoflurane induced anesthesia. BMC anesthesiology. 18(1) : 85, 2018.
  • Kovács Z, D'Agostino DP, Ari C. Anxiolytic Effect of Exogenous Ketone Supplementation Is Abolished by Adenosine A1 Receptor Inhibition in Wistar Albino Glaxo/Rijswijk Rats. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience. 12: 29, 2018.
  • Stubbs BJ, Koutnik AP, Poff AM, Ford KM, D'Agostino DP. Commentary: Ketone Diester Ingestion Impairs Time-Trial Performance in Professional Cyclists. Frontiers in physiology. 9: 279, 2018.
  • Kephart WC, Mumford PW, Mao X, Romero MA, Hyatt HW, Zhang Y, Mobley CB, Quindry JC, Young KC, Beck DT, Martin JS, McCullough DJ, D'Agostino DP, Lowery RP, Wilson JM, Kavazis AN, Roberts MD. The 1-Week and 8-Month Effects of a Ketogenic Diet or Ketone Salt Supplementation on Multi-Organ Markers of Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Function in Rats. Nutrients. 9(9) , 2017.
  • Ari C, Canfield CE; Copes N Poff AM Fiorelli TN Landon CS Goldhagen CR Mavromates N D’Agostino DP. Biochemical alterations in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Mouse Model resulted from the Deanna Protocol Supplement Complex. Metabolomics. 13: 5555; DOI 10.1007/s11306-017-1183-1, 2017.
  • Wilson JM Lowery RP Roberts MD Sharp MH Joy JM Shields KA Partl J Volek JS D'Agostino DP. The Effects of Ketogenic Dieting on Body Composition, Strength, Power, and Hormonal Profiles in Resistance Training Males. J Strength Cond Res.. : doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001935., 2017.
  • Klement RJ, Feinman RD, Gross EC, Champ CE, D'Agostino DP, Fine EJ, Kämmerer U, Poff A, Rho JM, Seyfried TN, Scheck AC. Need for new review of article on ketogenic dietary regimes for cancer patients. Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England). 34(6) : 108, 2017.
  • Kovács Z, D'Agostino DP, Dobolyi A, Ari C. Adenosine A1 Receptor Antagonism Abolished the Anti-seizure Effects of Exogenous Ketone Supplementation in Wistar Albino Glaxo Rijswijk Rats. Frontiers in molecular neuroscience. 10: 235, 2017.
  • Somlyai G, Collins TQ, Meuillet EJ, Hitendra P, D'Agostino DP, Boros LG. Structural homologies between phenformin, lipitor and gleevec aim the same metabolic oncotarget in leukemia and melanoma. Oncotarget. 8(30) : 50187-50192, 2017.
  • Ward NP, Poff AM, Koutnik AP, D'Agostino DP. Complex I inhibition augments dichloroacetate cytotoxicity through enhancing oxidative stress in VM-M3 glioblastoma cells. PloS one. 12(6) : e0180061, 2017.
  • Colquhoun RJ, Gai CM, Walters J, Brannon AR, Kilpatrick MW, DʼAgostino DP, Campbell BI. Comparison of Powerlifting Performance in Trained Men Using Traditional and Flexible Daily Undulating Periodization. Journal of strength and conditioning research. 31(2) : 283-291, 2017.
  • Ari C, Kovács Z, Juhasz G, Murdun C, Goldhagen CR, Koutnik AP, Poff AM, Kesl SL, D'Agostino DP. Corrigendum: Exogenous Ketone Supplements Reduce Anxiety-Related Behavior in Sprague-Dawley and Wistar Albino Glaxo/Rijswijk Rats. Frontiers in molecular neuroscience. 10: 36, 2017.
  • Seyfried TN, Yu G, Maroon JC, D'Agostino DP. Press-pulse: a novel therapeutic strategy for the metabolic management of cancer. Nutrition & metabolism. 14: 19, 2017.
  • Ari C, Kovács Z, Juhasz G, Murdun C, Goldhagen CR, Koutnik AP, Poff AM, Kesl SL, D'Agostino DP. Exogenous Ketone Supplements Reduce Anxiety-Related Behavior in Sprague-Dawley and Wistar Albino Glaxo/Rijswijk Rats. Frontiers in molecular neuroscience. 9: 137, 2016.
  • Boros LG, D'Agostino DP, Katz HE, Roth JP, Meuillet EJ, Somlyai G. Submolecular regulation of cell transformation by deuterium depleting water exchange reactions in the tricarboxylic acid substrate cycle. Medical hypotheses. 87: 69-74, 2016.
  • Viggiano A, Pilla R, Arnold P, Monda M, D'Agostino D, Zeppa P, & Coppola G. Different calorie restriction treatments have similar anti-seizure efficacy. Seizure. 35: 45-9, 2016.
  • Poff AM, Kernagis D, D'Agostino DP. Hyperbaric Environment: Oxygen and Cellular Damage versus Protection. Comprehensive Physiology. 7(1) : 213-234, 2016.
  • Egan B, D'Agostino DP. Fueling Performance: Ketones Enter the Mix. Cell metabolism. 24(3) : 373-375, 2016.
  • Kesl SL, Poff AM, Ward NP, Fiorelli TN, Ari C, Van Putten AJ, Sherwood JW, Arnold P, D'Agostino DP. Effects of exogenous ketone supplementation on blood ketone, glucose, triglyceride, and lipoprotein levels in Sprague-Dawley rats. Nutrition & metabolism. 13: 9, 2016.
  • Ciarlone SL, Grieco JC, D'Agostino DP, Weeber EJ. Ketone ester supplementation attenuates seizure activity, and improves behavior and hippocampal synaptic plasticity in an Angelman syndrome mouse model. Neurobiology of disease. 96: 38-46, 2016.
  • Viggiano A, Pilla R, Arnold P, Monda M, D'Agostino D, & Coppola G. Anticonvulsant properties of an oral ketone ester in a pentylenetetrazole-model of seizure. Brain Research. 1618: 50-4, 2015.
  • Poff AM, Ward N, Seyfried TN, Arnold P, D'Agostino DP. Non-Toxic Metabolic Management of Metastatic Cancer in VM Mice: Novel Combination of Ketogenic Diet, Ketone Supplementation, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. PloS one. 10(6) : e0127407, 2015.
  • Seyfried TN, Flores R, Poff AM, D'Agostino DP, Mukherjee P. Metabolic therapy: a new paradigm for managing malignant brain cancer. Cancer letters. 356(2 Pt A) : 289-300, 2015.
  • Youm YH, Nguyen KY, Grant RW, Goldberg EL, Bodogai M, Kim D, D'Agostino D, Planavsky N, Lupfer C, Kanneganti TD, Kang S, Horvath TL, Fahmy TM, Crawford PA, Biragyn A, Alnemri E, & Dixit VD. The ketone metabolite β-hydroxybutyrate blocks NLRP3 inflammasome-mediated inflammatory disease. Nature Medicine. , 2015.
  • Poff A Ward N Seyfried T Arnold P & D’Agostino DP. A novel non-toxic metabolic therapy – ketogenic diet, ketone supplementation, and hyperbaric oxygen – elicit potent anti-cancer effects in vitro and in vivo. PLoS One. 10(6) : e0127407, 2015.
  • Poff AM, Ari C, Arnold P, Seyfried TN, D'Agostino DP. Ketone supplementation decreases tumor cell viability and prolongs survival of mice with metastatic cancer. International journal of cancer. 135(7) : 1711-20, 2014.
  • Ari C, Poff AM, Held HE, Landon CS, Goldhagen CR, Mavromates N, D'Agostino DP. Metabolic therapy with Deanna Protocol supplementation delays disease progression and extends survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mouse model. PloS one. 9(7) : e103526, 2014.
  • Seyfried TN, Flores RE, Poff AM, D'Agostino DP. Cancer as a metabolic disease: implications for novel therapeutics. Carcinogenesis. 35(3) : 515-27, 2014.
  • Seyfried TN Marsh J Mukherjee P Zuccoli G & D’Agostino DP. Could Metabolic Therapy Become a Viable Alternative to the Standard of Care for Managing Glioblastoma? Oncology & Hematology Review. 10(1) : 13-20, 2014.
  • Brownlow ML., Benner L., Benner L., Joly-Amando A., Azam S., D’Agostino DP., Gordon MN., & Morgan D. Calorie restriction, but not ketogenic diet, improves cognition in models of Alzheimer's pathology. Alzheimers’s and Dementia. 9(4) : P160, 2013.
  • Brownlow ML, Benner L, D'Agostino D, Gordon MN, & Morgan D. Ketogenic diet improves motor performance but not cognition in two mouse models of Alzheimer's pathology. PLoS One. 8(9) : e75713, 2013.
  • Poff AM, Ari C, Seyfried TN, D'Agostino DP. The ketogenic diet and hyperbaric oxygen therapy prolong survival in mice with systemic metastatic cancer. PloS one. 8(6) : e65522, 2013.
  • D'Agostino DP, Pilla R, Held HE, Landon CS, Puchowicz M, Brunengraber H, Ari C, Arnold P, Dean JB. Therapeutic ketosis with ketone ester delays central nervous system oxygen toxicity seizures in rats. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology. 304(10) : R829-36, 2013.
  • Paoli A, Grimaldi K, D'Agostino D, Cenci L, Moro T, Bianco A, & Palma A. Ketogenic diet does not affect strength performance in elite artistic gymnasts. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 9(1) : 34, 2012.
  • D'Agostino DP, McNally HA, Dean JB. Development and testing of hyperbaric atomic force microscopy (AFM) and fluorescence microscopy for biological applications. Journal of microscopy. 246(2) : 129-42, 2012.
  • McNally H; D'Agostino DP. Hyperbaric Atomic Force Microscopy System Performance and Applications Imaging and Microscopy. 13(1) : 41-43, 2011.
  • D'Agostino DP, Colomb DG, Dean JB. Effects of hyperbaric gases on membrane nanostructure and function in neurons. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985). 106(3) : 996-1003, 2009.
  • D'Agostino D, Mazza E, Neubauer JA. Heme oxygenase is necessary for the excitatory response of cultured neonatal rat rostral ventrolateral medulla neurons to hypoxia. American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology. 296(1) : R102-18, 2009.
  • D'Agostino DP, Olson JE, Dean JB. Acute hyperoxia increases lipid peroxidation and induces plasma membrane blebbing in human U87 glioblastoma cells. Neuroscience. 159(3) : 1011-22, 2009.
  • D'Agostino DP, Putnam RW, Dean JB. Superoxide (*O2- ) production in CA1 neurons of rat hippocampal slices exposed to graded levels of oxygen. Journal of neurophysiology. 98(2) : 1030-41, 2007.