Carmen Fioravanti


Dr. Carmen F. Fioravanti

Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles



Comparative biochemistry of parasitic helminths

Research Interests:

The mitochondrial physiology and biochemistry of anaerobic systems, control mechanisms in anaerobic energy generation, anaerobiosis in invertebrates, and isoprene biochemistry in parasitic helminths.


Selected Publications:

Vandock, K.P., M.J. Mitchell and C.F. Fioravanti. 2012. Effects of plant flavonoids on Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm) fifth larval instar midgut and fat body mitochondrial transhydrogenase. Arch. Insect Biochem. and Physiol. 80: 15-25.

Drummond, C. A., K. P. Vandock, S.L. Smith and C. F. Fioravanti, 2010. Cyclic 3’, 5’ guanosine monophosphate and larval midgut ecdysone 20-monooxygenase activity of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part B 157: 33-38.

Vandock, K.P., C. A. Drummond, S.L. Smith and C.F. Fioravanti, 2010. Midgut and fatbody mitochondrial transhydrogenase activities during larval pupal development of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. J. Insect Physiol. 56: 774-779.

Fioravanti, C.F. and K.P.Vandock, 2010. Transhydrogenase and the anaerobic mitochondrial metabolism of adult Hymenolepis diminuta. Parasitology 137: 395-410.

Fioravanti, C.F., 2008. In Memoriam Professor Howard J. Saz. J. Parasitol. 94: 996-997.

Vandock, K.P., S.L. Smith and C.F. Fioravanti. 2008. Midgut mitochondrial transhydrogenase in wandering stage larvae of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta. Arch. Insect Biochem. and Physiol. 69: 118-126.

Mercer, N.A. and C.F. Fioravanti. 2008. Hymenolepis diminuta: Mitochondrial NADPH->NAD transhydrogenase as an additional phosphorylation site for anaerobic phosphorylation. Exp. Parasitol. 119: 24-29. .

Park, J. and C.F. Fioravanti. 2006. Catalysis of NADH->NADP transhydrogenation by adult Hymenolepis diminuta mitochondria. Parasitol. Res. 98: 200-206.

Green, J.B. and C.F. Fioravanti. 2005. Cytochrome c peroxidase: characterization of a mitochondrial antioxidant enzyme in Hymenolepis diminuta (Cestoda). Abst. 114th Ann. Meeting, Ohio Acad. Sci. p. 40.