Dr. Canseco received her master’s degree in Organic Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Texas Woman’s University.  Her research focused on the synthesis of organic compounds that could be used as possible therapeutic agents to treat various human diseases including depression. She worked as a formulation Chemist at NCH before joining UT Southwestern as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the summer of 2009. She grew up in South Texas and Mexico. Dr. Canseco’s interests outside research include distance running and cheering for figure skaters.


Graduate School
Texas Woman's University (2009), Molecular Biology

Research Interest

  • Cardiac Hypertrophy
  • Cardiac Regeneration
  • Cell Cycle


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Cytoglobin modulates myogenic progenitor cell viability and muscle regeneration.
Singh S, Canseco DC, Manda SM, Shelton JM, Chirumamilla RR, Goetsch SC, Ye Q, Gerard RD, Schneider JW, Richardson JA, Rothermel BA, Mammen PP Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2014 Jan 111 1 E129-38
Regulation of neonatal and adult mammalian heart regeneration by the miR-15 family.
Porrello ER, Mahmoud AI, Simpson E, Johnson BA, Grinsfelder D, Canseco D, Mammen PP, Rothermel BA, Olson EN, Sadek HA Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2013 Jan 110 1 187-92
Harnessing the power of dividing cardiomyocytes.
Muralidhar SA, Mahmoud AI, Canseco D, Xiao F, Sadek HA Glob Cardiol Sci Pract 2013 2013 3 212-221
Synthesis and structure-affinity relationships of novel small molecule natural product derivatives capable of discriminating between serotonin 5-HT1A, 5-HT2A, 5-HT2C receptor subtypes.
Cummings DF, Canseco DC, Sheth P, Johnson JE, Schetz JA Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2010 Jul 18 13 4783-92
Mechanism of methoxide ion substitution in the z and e isomers of o-methylbenzohydroximoyl halides.
Johnson JE, Dolliver DD, Yu L, Canseco DC, McAllister MA, Rowe JE J. Org. Chem. 2004 Apr 69 8 2741-9

Honors & Awards

  • 2nd Place Poster Presentation
    UTSW Research Symposium (2011)
  • NIH National Graduate Research Conference Award
    One of 25 graduates nationwide selected to participate in this conference (2007)
  • Chancellor's Student Research Scholar Award
    Texas Woman's University (2005-2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Heart Association (2009)
  • Sigma Xi (2002)
  • American Chemical Society (1999)