July 2021 Featured Lab - Pooneh Bagher

Pooneh Bagher, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Physiology
Texas A&M University Health Science Center

Research Description:

Regulation of blood flow is required to maintain tissue perfusion throughout the body in proportion to metabolic demand. Resistance arterioles, comprised of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs), endothelial cells (ECs) and perivascular nerves (PVNs), are the primary site of regulation, with subtle changes in diameter resulting in significant alterations in flow. The main goal of our laboratory is examining the subtle interplay between ECs, SMCs and PVNs using a range of in vivo and in vitro techniques in normal and disease states. We are also interested in how vascular function is altered under extreme physiological conditions (like spaceflight!).

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Recent Publications:

R Mitchell, NE Frederick, ER Holzman, F Agobe, HCM Allaway, and P Bagher. (2021) Ifetroban Reduces Coronary Artery Dysfunction in a Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. American Journal of Physiology- Heart and Circulatory Physiology. (available online)

A Mittal, PD Park, R Mitchell, H Fang, and P Bagher. (2021) Comparison of adrenergic and purinergic receptor contributions to vasomotor responses in mesenteric arteries. Journal of Vascular Research. 58 (1): 1-15.

NE Frederick, R Mitchell, TW Hein, and P Bagher. (2019) Morphological and pharmacological characterization of the porcine popliteal artery: A novel model for study of lower limb arterial disease. Microcirculation. 26 (6): e12527.