A neuroscientist and physiologist, Dominic D'Agostino, PhD, presently teaches in the University of South Florida's (USF) Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology. Before accepting the position of assistant professor in 2008, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the university in Tampa, Florida. During his time at USF, Dominic D'Agostino has led and contributed to significant research surrounding the ketogenic diet and its neuroprotective qualities. Dr. D'Agostino's publications and research programs focuses on how "therapeutic ketosis" can help patients suffering from seizures, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and motorneuron diseases (ALS), all of which are difficult to treat with conventional methods and impair motor performance, muscle strength and overall quality of life.
In the last three years, Dominic D'Agostino has published articles in the Journal of Microscopy, Imaging and Microscopy, and Neuroscience. Additionally, he and his colleagues have received grants in excess of $900,000 to carry out two distinctive studies. Using funds from the Office of Naval Research for the first project, Dr. D'Agostino, the primary investigator, explored hyperoxia-induced oxidative stress and its ultrastructural correlates in CNS cells. Funding from other projects support the development and testing of ketogenic diets, ketone esters and other ketogenic agents as metabolic strategies to enhance warfighter performance and delay the onset CNS oxygen toxicity and muscle fatigue.