University of Nebraska Medical Center

Carol Casey, PhD

Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology


Carol Casey, PhD

Dr. Casey has been actively involved in the field of alcoholic liver injury for more than 30 years with special emphasis on alcohol's deleterious effects on protein trafficking. Her current work has extended the studies on alcohol-induced alterations in protein trafficking to alcohol's effects on lipid droplet trafficking.

In addition to her role as a VA Research Career Scientist, Dr. Casey is actively involved in mentoring young investigators.


  • BA: Biology, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1976
  • PhD: Biology, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1980
  • Postdoctoral Training: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biochemistry, University of Minnesota at Duluth, 1984
  • Understanding how ethanol consumption and/or administration affects the dynamics of lipid droplets in hepatocytes.
  • Alcohol's deleterious effects on protein trafficking
Active Grant Support
  • "Downregulation of Rab3D: Critical Role in Golgi Disorganization and the Pathogenesis of Alcoholic Liver Disease" Primary Investigator, Dept. of Veterans' Affairs Merit Award
  • "Altered Lipid Droplet Trafficking: Role in Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease" Co-Investigator, NIH/NIAAA