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College of Pharmacy

Faculty and Staff

Diego Altomare, Ph.D.

Title: Research Assistant Professor
Department: Drug Discovery & Biomedical Sciences (DDBS)
College of Pharmacy
Phone: 803-777-6682
Office: College of Pharmacy
715 Sumter Street - CLS 617
Columbia, SC 29208
Diego Altomare portrait


Ph.D.  Biomedical Science, University of South Carolina, 2010
B.S.  Biochemistry, National University of Rosario, Argentina, 1996


Diego Altomare, Ph.D., joined the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy as manager of the Microarray Core Facility in September 2010. He has more than 14 years of experience in all aspects of microarray experimental design, RNA processing and labeling, microarray hybridization and scanning, and data analysis using both the Agilent Technologies and the Affymetrix (Thermo Fisher Scientific) platforms.

Research Interests

Altomare provides training and support on the isolation of DNA and RNA from difficult samples and assesses quality of isolated nucleic acids. Other areas of expertise include fragment analysis, Sanger and next generation sequencing. He is interested in performing and providing support to the University of South Carolina and other scientists to conduct genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics and functional genomics research projects. Altomare brings new state of the art technologies to the facility.


Liu C, Banister CE, Weige CC, Altomare D, Richardson JH, Contreras CM, Buckhaults PJ : PRDM1 silences stem cell-related genes and inhibits proliferation of human colon tumor organoids. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2018 May 29;115(22):E5066-E5075.

Dasgupta S, Vliet SM, Kupsco A, Leet JK, Altomare D, Volz DC. (2017) Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate disrupts dorsoventral patterning in zebrafish embryos. PeerJ 5:e4156

Batova A, Altomare D, Creek KE, Naviaux RK, Wang L, Li K, Green E, Williams R, Naviaux JC, Diccianni M, Yu AL. : Englerin A induces an acute inflammatory response and reveals lipid metabolism and ER stress as targetable vulnerabilities in renal cell carcinoma. PLoS One. 2017 Mar 15;12(3):e0172632.

Zhang Y, Davis C, Shah S, Hughes D, Ryan JC, Altomare D, Peña MM : IL-33 promotes growth and liver metastasis of colorectal cancer in mice by remodeling the tumor microenvironment and inducing angiogenesis. Mol Carcinog. 2017 Jan;56(1):272-287.

Joshua E. Mangum, Justin P. Hardee, Dennis K. Fix, Melissa J. Puppa, Johnathon Elkes, Diego Altomare, Yelena Bykhovskaya, Dean R. Campagna, Paul J. Schmidt, Anoop K. Sendamarai, Hart G. W. Lidov, Shayne C. Barlow, Nathan Fischel-Ghodsian, Mark D. Fleming, James A. Carson, and Jeffrey R. Patton : Pseudouridine synthase 1 deficient mice, a model for Mitochondrial Myopathy with Sideroblastic Anemia, exhibit muscle morphology and physiology alterations. Sci Rep. 2016; 6: 26202.

Iwanowycz S, Wang J, Altomare D, Hui Y, Fan D. : Emodin Bidirectionally Modulates Macrophage Polarization and Epigenetically Regulates Macrophage Memory. J Biol Chem. 2016 May 27;291(22):11491-503.

Tomar S, Graves CA, Altomare D, Kowli S, Kassler S, Sutkowski N, Gillespie MB, Creek KE, Pirisi L : Human papillomavirus status and gene expression profiles of oropharyngeal and oral cancers from European American and African American patients. Head Neck. 2016 Apr;38 Suppl 1:E694-704.

He H, Altomare D, Ozer U, Xu H, Creek K, Chen H, Xu P : Cancer cell-selective killing polymer/copper combination. Biomater Sci. 2016 Jan;4(1):115-20.

Adrian M. Gomez, Diego Altomare, Wei-Lun Sun, Narasimha M. Midde, Hao Ji, Michael Shtutman, Jill R. Turner, Kim E. Creek, and Jun Zhu: Prefrontal microRNA-221 Mediates Environmental Enrichment-Induced Increase of Locomotor Sensitivity to Nicotine. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2016 Jan; 19(1).

Kayla L. Penta, Diego Altomare, Devon L. Shirley, Jennifer F. Nyland : Female immune system is protected from effects of prenatal exposure to mercury. AIMS Environmental Science, 2015, 2(3): 448-463.

Steiner J, Davis J, McClellan J, Enos R, Carson J, Fayad R, Nagarkatti M, Nagarkatti P, Altomare D, Creek K, Murphy E.: Dose-dependent benefits of quercetin on tumorigenesis in the C3(1)/SV40Tag transgenic mouse model of breast cancer. Cancer Biol Ther. 2014;15(11):1456-67

Xu H, Zhang Y, Altomare D, Pena MM, Wan F, Pirisi L, Creek KE: Six1 promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition and malignant conversion in human papillomavirus type 16-immortalized human keratinocytes. Carcinogenesis 2014.

Kooken J, Fox K, Fox A, Altomare D, Creek K, Wunschel D, Pajares-Merino S, Martinez-Ballesteros I, Garaizar J, Oyarzabal O, Samadpour M: Identification of staphylococcal species based on variations in protein sequences (mass spectrometry) and DNA sequence (sodA microarray). Mol Cell Probes 2014, 28:41-50.

Altomare D, Velidandla R, Pirisi L, Creek KE: Partial loss of Smad signaling during in vitro progression of HPV16-immortalized human keratinocytes. BMC Cancer 2013, 13:424.

Batova A, Altomare D, Chantarasriwong O, Ohlsen KL, Creek KE, Lin YC, Messersmith A, Yu AL, Yu J, Theodorakis EA: The synthetic caged garcinia xanthone cluvenone induces cell stress and apoptosis and has immune modulatory activity. Mol Cancer Ther 2010, 9:2869-2878.


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