University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Bio for Katarina Zvarova, M.D., Ph.D.
Katarina Zvarova, M.D., Ph.D.

Katarina Zvarova, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Division of Surgical Research
Department of Surgery

Contact Information
Office Location:
Rehabilitation & Movement Science, Rowell 305


M.D., Comenius University School of Medicine Bratislava, Slovakia (1988)
Ph.D., Neuro-urology, Comenius University School of Medicine Bratislava, Slovakia (2007)
Residency in Pediatrics, Comenius University School of Medicine Bratislava, Slovakia (1989-1992)
Fellowship in Endocrinology, Montreal Children’s Hospital (1995-1997)
Fellowship in Neuro-Urology, University of Vermont (1999-2005)
Fellowship in Pharmacology, University of Vermont (2005-2006)

Research Interests

High-voltage-activated R-type Ca2+ channels in lower urinary tract and their role in pathophysiology of overactive bladder.

Academic Appointments

Research Assistant Professor, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 2007 - present

Research Grants

1 KO1 DK79150-01A1 NIH NIDDK (Zvarova)  6/2008 - 5/2013
Title of Project: The Role of HVA alpha 1E Ca2+ Channel Subunit in Micturition Reflex Pathways.
The major goals of this project are to examine the properties of R-type Ca2+ channel subunit and determine its role in the regulationof micturition (excitation-contraction of urinary bladder smooth muscle).
$667,280  (Total award)


Zvarova K, Zvara P. Urinary bladder function in conscious rat pups: a developmental study. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 2012;302(12):F1563-8.

Zvarova K, Ursiny M, Giebink T, Liang K, Blaivas JG, Zvara P. Recording urinary flow and lower urinary tract symptoms using sonouroflowmetry. Can J Urol 2011; 18(3):5689-5694

Ishiguro M, Murakami K, Link T, Zvarova K, Tranmer BI, Morielli AD, Wellman GC. Acute and chronic effects of oxyhemoglobin on voltage-dependent ion channels in cerebral arteries. Acta Neurochir Suppl 2008;104:99-102.

Ishiguro M., Morielli A., Zvarova K, Tranmer BI, Penar PL, Wellman GC. Oxyhemoglobin-induced Suppression of Kv Channels in Cerebral Arteries by Enhanced Tyrosine Kinase Activity. Circ Res. 2006 Nov 24; 99(11):1252-60.

LaBerge J, Malley SE, Zvarova K, Vizzard MA. Expression of corticotropin-releasing factor and CRF receptors in micturition pathways after cyclophosphamide-induced cystitis. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2006;291(3):R692-703.

Varsik P, Mikulecky M, Pechan I, Kucera P, Stofko J, Zvarova K.  The Biochemical Changes During Wallerian Degeneration Induced by Transection and Organophosphorus Compound Administration in experimental animals. Biogen Amines  2006;20 (1-2): 31-42.

Zvara P, Zvarová K. Overactive Bladder: Etiology, Pathogenesis and Emerging New Treatments. Klin.Urol. 2006; 2 (1): 14-17.

Zvarova K, Vizzard MA. Changes in Galanin-Immunoreactivity in Rat Micturition Reflex Pathways after Cyclophosphamide Induced Cystitis. Cell Tissue Research 2006;324: 213-224.

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