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Research Labs

Our faculty, staff and students work as a team to create an atmosphere of learning, growing and life-long friendships. If you are interested in joining our team, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Douglas M. Anderson, Ph.D.Bradford Berk

Our lab investigates the regulatory pathways that control striated muscle development and function, and how defects in those pathways can give rise to human disease.
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Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D.Bradford Berk

Dr. Berk's laboratory is focused on defining the mechanisms by which cells in the vascular wall respond to hemodynamic and hormonal stimuli.
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Zheng-Gen Jin, Ph.D.Zheng-Gen Jin

Dr. Jin’s research has been focused on molecular regulation of vascular endothelial function. Vascular endothelial cells in blood vessels produce a number of vasodilator and vasoconstrictor substances that not only physiologically regulate vasomotor tone and vascular homeostasis, but also mediate the recruitment and activity of inflammatory cells and the propensity towards atherosclerotic lesion formation and thrombosis in the pathological condition. View Jin Lab page

Craig Morrell, DVM, Ph.D.Craig Morrell

Platelets have two major functions: hemostastis/thrombosis and an immune regulatory function. My laboratory uses in vitro techniques and in vivo mouse models to study both important platelet functions. View Morrell Lab page

Jinjiang Pang, B.Med., Ph.D.Jinjiang Pang

Angiogenesis, the formation of new blood vessels from existing ones, is a critical event for tissue development and repair, as well as being associated with many diseases (e.g. bronchopulmonary dysplasia, pulmonary artery hypertension, ischemic cardiomyopathy, retinopathy and tumor growth). View Pang Lab page

Eric Small, Ph.D.Eric Small

Research in the Small Lab is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that control how a cell responds to its surroundings during development or following tissue injury. View Small Lab page

Chen Yan, Ph.D.Chen Yan

Regulation and function of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases in the cardiovascular system. Second messenger cyclic nucleotides (cAMP and cGMP) regulate many signaling pathways in the cardiovascular system. View Yan Lab page

Peng Yao, Ph.D.Chen Yan

Regulatory non-coding RNAs and RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) are important research areas in gene regulation and RNA biology. Our laboratory is interested in the understanding of pathophysiological function and molecular mechanism of new non-coding RNAs (and RBPs) and new modes of gene regulation in cardiac system and cardiovascular disease. View Yao Lab page