Deborah Carlson, Ph.D., has contributed greatly to UT Southwestern, from her first assignment as a research scientist in 2000 to her current post of assistant professor in the pediatrics and surgery departments. She has a Ph.D. from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology at State University of New York and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Dr. Carlson has investigated cardiac dysfunction and other topics, work that has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. She is active in professional organizations, including the American Burn Association and the International Shock Society, with both groups bestowing awards on her for her research. Dr. Carlson is an author of numerous publications, which have recently included articles on heart dysfunction during sepsis and on ways to improve outcomes after burn injury.


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Research Interest

  • Cardiac function following burn injury and sepsis
  • The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinases in Cardiac Dysfunction


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Antioxidant Vitamin Therapy Alters Sepsis-related Apoptotic Myocardial Activity and Inflammatory Responses.
Carlson D, Maas DL, Tan J, Horton JW J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol December 2006 291(6) H2779-H2789
Cardiac Molecular Signaling after Burn Trauma
Carlson DL, Horton JW J Burn Care Research September 2006 27(5) 669-75
Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) is a Burn Trauma Induced Cardiac Depressant.
Willis MS, Carlson DL, DiMiao JM, White MD, White DJ, Horton JW, Giroir BP. AJP Heart and Circ. 2005 288(2) H795-H804
TNF-alpha Induced Caspase Activation Mediates Endotoxin Related Cardiac Dysfunction.
Carlson DL, Willis MS, White DJ, Horton JW, Giroir BP Critical Care Medicine 2005 33(5) 1021-1028
A three-component dicamba O-demethylase from Pseudomonas maltophilia, strain DI-6: purification and characterization.
Chakraborty S., Behrens M., Herman PL, Arendsen AF, Hagan WR, Carlson DL, Wang XZ, Weeks DP Arch Biochem Biophys 2005 437(1) 20-28

Honors & Awards

  • Member since 2005
    International Shock Society Presential Committee for Publications (2007)
  • Research Citation Finalist
    Society for Critical Care Medicine 36th Annual Congress (2007)
  • Most Outstanding Presentation Award
    Shock Society 28th Annual Conference (2005)
  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award
    James Carrico Research Forum, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (2001)
  • President
    National Biological Honor Society (1989)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • 2005-2006 International Shock Society Presidential Committee for Publications
  • American Burn Association
  • American Heart Association
  • International Shock Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine