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Keshari M. Thakali, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics


  • Developmental Nutrition


  • Basic Scientist

Contact Information

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    Phone: 501-364-2734
    Address: Arkansas Children's Hospital
    Little Rock, AR 72202


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2006
  • B.S., University of Arizona, 2002


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2011-2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2006-2011

Recent Honors

  • Postdoctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA F32 HL095284-03), NIH, 2009

Recent Publications

  • Journal Article, Shankar K., Kang P., Zhong Y., Borengasser SJ., Wingfield C., Saben J., Gomez-Acevedo H., Thakali KM. Transcriptomic and epigenomic landscapes during cell fusion in BeWo trophoblast cells. Placenta 2015 Dec; 36(12):1342-1351.
  • Journal Article, Kang J,Thakali KM,Jensen GS,Wu X Phenolic Acids of the Two Major Blueberry Species in the US Market and Their Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Activities. Plant Foods Hum Nutr 2015 Mar 70 (1): 56-62.
  • Journal Article, Ou X., Thakali KM., Shankar K., Andres A., Badger TM. Maternal adiposity negatively influences infant brain white matter development. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2015 May; 23(5):1047-1054.
  • Journal Article, Saben J,Kang P,Zhong Y,Thakali KM,Gomez-Acevedo H,Borengasser SJ,Andres A,Badger TM,Shankar K RNA-seq analysis of the rat placentation site reveals maternal obesity-associated changes in placental and offspring thyroid hormone signaling. Placenta 2014 Dec 35 (12): 1013-20.
  • Journal Article, Saben J,Thakali KM,Lindsey FE,Zhong Y,Badger TM,Andres A,Shankar K Distinct adipogenic differentiation phenotypes of human umbilical cord mesenchymal cells dependent on adipogenic conditions. Exp Biol Med (Maywood) 2014 Oct 239 (10): 1340-51.
  • Journal Article, Thakali KM,Saben J,Faske JB,Lindsey F,Gomez-Acevedo H,Lowery CL Jr,Badger TM,Andres A,Shankar K Maternal pregravid obesity changes gene expression profiles toward greater inflammation and reduced insulin sensitivity in umbilical cord. Pediatr Res 2014 Aug 76 (2): 202-10.
  • Journal Article, Saben J,Lindsey F,Zhong Y,Thakali K,Badger TM,Andres A,Gomez-Acevedo H,Shankar K Maternal obesity is associated with a lipotoxic placental environment. Placenta 2014 Mar 35 (3): 171-7.
  • Journal Article, Saben J,Zhong Y,Gomez-Acevedo H,Thakali KM,Borengasser SJ,Andres A,Shankar K Early growth response protein-1 mediates lipotoxicity-associated placental inflammation: role in maternal obesity. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2013 Jul 1 305 (1): E1-14.
  • Journal Article, Kharade SV,Sonkusare SK,Srivastava AK,Thakali KM,Fletcher TW,Rhee SW,Rusch NJ The beta3 subunit contributes to vascular calcium channel upregulation and hypertension in angiotensin II-infused C57BL/6 mice. Hypertension 2013 Jan 61 (1): 137-42.
  • Journal Article, Joseph BK,Thakali KM,Moore CL,Rhee SW Ion channel remodeling in vascular smooth muscle during hypertension: Implications for novel therapeutic approaches. Pharmacol Res 2013 Apr 70 (1): 126-38.

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