Silvia Montaner, PhD, MPH

Silvia Montaner is a Professor in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Montaner received her B.S. and M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Murcia, Spain. She did her graduate training on the role of small GTPases in the regulation of gene transcription at the Autónoma University of Madrid, Spain, where she earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1997. She received her Master in Public Health from the Pontificia-Comillas University (ICADE) in 1998. Dr. Montaner joined then the laboratory of Dr. J. Silvio Gutkind at the National Institute of Health as an International Fulbright Scholar where she did her postdoctoral fellowship on the molecular pathogenesis of Kaposi’s Sarcoma. She subsequently jointed the faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Dentistry in 2004, and the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2005. As Principal Investigator of her research group, Dr. Montaner studies vascular biology in both cancer and ocular diseases. She has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in prestigious journals, and has authored several reviews and book chapters. Dr. Montaner has presented her research in national and international research conferences and is recognized as a leader in the field of signal transduction in vascular biology. Dr. Montaner is the Course Director of Principles of Physiology in the Dental School and serves on multiple committees and research study sections.

Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor degree in Biochemistry
Academic Award (BS) University of Murcia, Spain
First National Graduation Award, B.S. in Biochemistry, Department of Education, Spain
M. Sc. with Honors in Biochemistry
Ph.D. with Honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Gaspar Casal Foundation Award, Madrid, Spain
Fulbright Award, Visiting Scholar Fulbright Program, US
Fogarty International Fellowship, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Scientific Director’s Post Doctoral Travel Award, NIDCR, NIH, Bethesda, MD
Fellows Award for Research Excellence, NIH, Bethesda, MD


Current courses

NPSC 512P Principles of Physiology, Course director DBMS 618 Special Topics: Physiology, Course director GPAT 512 General Pathology DHYG 328A General and Oral Pathology NPSC 518C Clinical Research Conferences

Past courses

EBDM 511 Principles of Scientific Evidence DAPT 612 & 613 Special Problems in Oral Pathology


Active Grants:

1R01EY025705 NIH/NEI Montaner (PI) Promotion of retinal vascular hyperpermeability and macular edema by ANGPTL4.

Completed Grants:

JHU-UMD DRC Grant JHU Diabetes Research Center/NIH Montaner (PI) Angptl4: a novel molecular target for diabetic eye disease.

Research Contract Agreement Novartis Montaner (PI) IAP inhibitors for the treatment of Kaposi’s sarcoma

Cancer Research Pilot Grant UMB Greenebaum Cancer Center Montaner (PI) Regulation of angiogenesis and vascular permeability by Angiopoietin-like 4 in Kaposi’s sarcoma.

1R01CA119911 NIH/NCI Montaner (PI) Molecular Targets for the Prevention and Treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma.

Cancer Research Pilot Grant UMB Greenebaum Cancer Center Montaner (PI) Identification of Molecular Targets for the Development of Novel Mechanism-based Therapies for Oral Kaposi's Sarcoma.

Research Grant NIH/NIAID Support of Intramural Biodefense Research Montaner (Co-PI) Molecular Pathogenesis of Ebola Virulence Genes in vivo.