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Faculty & Staff Spotlight: David Siderovski, UNT Health Science Center

Faculty & Staff Spotlight image with David Siderovski, UNT Health Science Center

Dr. Siderovski picked a fine time to start at UNT World: March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown. No matter, the HSC is happy to have him on board. His own research laboratory is continuing work first started 25 years ago at AMGEN, Inc.: Establishing whether a unique class of human proteins -- the "Regulators of G protein Signaling" -- are druggable. His current investigations are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and aimed toward inventing new anti-addiction therapies for cocaine- and opioid-use disorder. One thing about being in Fort Worth is he's a long way from his favorite Korean restaurant and comfort food in Morgantown, W.Va. But when he feels like going back in town he puts on a favorite track by Jonathan Coulton. Which one? Read on and get to know Dr. Siderovski.

Q&A

What is your favorite aspect about your job?
Working with like-minded faculty and administrators -- the team chemistry within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is incredible and better than I have ever encountered in past work environments!

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
Free parking?

What is your proudest work moment?
When my first MD/Ph.D. dual-degree trainee received tenure from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Associate Professor of Human Oncology. 

What is your proudest non-work moment?
Videotaping my daughter’s solo performance of The Dying Swan ballet choreography being performed in front of the North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall.

What is a fact about you that may surprise your work colleagues?
English is not my mother-tongue (it’s actually Macedonian).

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE...
Movie?:
 Interstellar by Christopher Nolan: Is it a cautionary tale, or likely future?
Restaurant?: Ogawa, in Morgantown, West Virginia, where I first learned the joy of the Korean comfort food Dolsot Bi Bim Bop.
Song?: "Code Monkey" by Jonathan Coulton, because it captures the late ‘80s 8-bit aesthetic to which I’d love to return.