Raelene Maser

Associate Professor
Medical Laboratory Sciences
305-F Willard Hall Educ. Bldg.

Research Interests

Diabetes is in epidemic proportions.  The prevalence of diabetes is projected to increase by 54% to more than 54.9 million Americans between 2015 and 2030.  Unfortunately, complications such as neuropathy (i.e., damage to the nerves), retinopathy, nephropathy, and macrovascular disease may arise as a result of the presence of diabetes. My research interest is in the area of diabetic neuropathy, particularly nerves that control the autonomic nervous system (ANS).  Current clinical investigations focus on: (a) measuring cardiovascular autonomic function and (b) searching for potential biomarkers of nerve dysfunction.

Recent Publications:

  1. Maser RE, Lenhard MJ, Pohlig RT, Balagopal PB, Abdel-Misih R. Effect of parathyroidectomy on osteopontin and undercarboxylated osteocalcin in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. Endocrine Research 2017 (In press).
  2. Maser RE, Lenhard MJ, Pohlig RT, Balagopal PB. Osteopontin and clusterin levels in type 2 diabetes mellitus: differential association with peripheral autonomic nerve function. Neurol Sci. 2017 Jun 21. doi: 10.1007/s10072-017-3019-1
  3. Lenhard MJ, Maser RE. Vascular calcification and osteoprotegrin in chronic kidney disease. Am J Nephrol. 2017 Jun 15;46(1):37-38. doi: 10.1159/000477381.
  4. Maser RE, Lenhard MJ, Pohlig RT, Balagopal PB. Pre-heparin lipoprotein lipase mass as a potential mediator in the association between adiponectin and HDL-cholesterol in type 2 diabetes. J Clinical & Translational Endocrinology 2017;7:7-11.
  5. Maser RE, Lenhard MJ, Pohlig RT, Balagopal PB.  Osteopontin and osteoprotegerin levels in type 2 diabetes and their association with cardiovascular autonomic function.  J Diabetes Complications 2016;30:507-510.



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science, Medical Technology, Catholic University of America
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Elizabethtown College


  • MEDT404 Hematology I
  • MEDT 405 Hematology II