Cardiovascular & Respiratory Biology Faculty Research

Kathrin Banach, PhD

Kathrin Banach, PhD, focuses on the cellular mechanism of atrial fibrillation.

The research of Kathrin Banach, PhD, focuses on the cellular mechanism of atrial fibrillation, or AF, which is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice that can precipitate heart failure, stroke and even death.

Antonio Bianco, MD, PhD

Antonio Bianco, MD, PhD - researching the aspects of  thyroid hormone action that involve the iodothyronine deiodinases D1, D2 and  D3.

Antonio Bianco, MD, PhD is interested in understanding the aspects of thyroid hormone action that involve the iodothyronine deiodinases D1, D2 and D3. The Bianco lab investigates the physiological roles played by these enzymes and their involvement in disease mechanisms. Knowledge obtained from these studies will help develop therapeutic approaches that regulate thyroid hormone action and preserve thyroid hormone homeostasis in patients with hypothyroidism.

Lothar Blatter, MD, Dr Med

Lothar Blatter, MD, Dr Med, researches control of intracellular calcium and its role in the regulation of excitation-contraction and excitation.

The research group of Lothar Blatter, MD, Dr Med, investigates control of intracellular calcium and its role in the regulation of excitation-contraction and excitation-transcription coupling in cells of the cardiovascular system.

Michael Fill, PhD

Michael Fill, PhD, researches the local control of intracellular Ca signals mediated by the ryanodine receptor.

The research of Michael Fill, PhD, explores the local control of intracellular Ca signals mediated by the ryanodine receptor, or RyR, Ca release channel in excitable cells.

Dirk Gillespie, PhD

Dirk Gillespie, PhD, researches calcium-induced calcium  release, or CICR, in cardiac skeletal muscle, Ca2+ movement during heart muscle contraction and nanofluidics and its applications.

The lab of Dirk Gillespie, PhD, has three main focuses, both studied by modeling and simulations: calcium-induced calcium release, or CICR, in cardiac skeletal muscle, Ca2+ movement during heart muscle contraction and nanofluidics and its applications.

Vineet Gupta, PhD

Dirk Gillespie, PhD, researches calcium-induced calcium release, or CICR, in cardiac skeletal muscle, Ca2+ movement during heart muscle contraction and nanofluidics and its applications.

Vineet Gupta, PhD, studies cell adhesion receptors, called integrins, and how they regulate a variety of biological processes.

Sanda Predescu, PhD

Sanda Predescu, PhD, researches molecular mechanisms of endothelial cell functions in normal and pathological conditions.

The research in the laboratory of Sanda Predescu, PhD, is focused on the molecular mechanisms of endothelial cell functions in normal and pathological conditions and how intersectin proteins regulate these functions.

Josefina Ramos-Franco, MD, PhD

Josefina Ramos-Franco Image: Josefina Ramos-Franco, MD, PhD, research focuses on the control mechanisms of intracellular Ca2+ release in excitable cells.

The research of Josefina Ramos-Franco, MD, PhD, is focused on the control mechanisms of intracellular Ca2+ release in excitable cells.

Thomas Shannon, PhD

Thomas Shannon, PhD, researches the local control of excitation-contraction coupling in excitable cells.

The research of Thomas Shannon, PhD, explores the local control of excitation-contraction coupling in excitable cells.