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Cardiovascular Development

Ankit A. Desai, MD, is a non-invasive cardiologist and a translational researcher. His lab investigates the mechanistic basis of pulmonary vascular disease and associated heart failure. The lab uses a systems biology approach for gene discovery and characterization, pre-clinical models of disease, and biomarker identification in humans. Using a bench to bedside approach, we seek to translate laboratory research into novel therapies for patients. The lab has been continuously funded by the NIH and AHA for over 5 years with a growing track record of successful trainees mentored by Dr. Desai.

Projects within the lab:

1. Characterization of glycosylation pathways and related candidate genes in pulmonary vascular disease
2. Investigating the role of the endothelial cytoskeleton and related candidate genes in pulmonary vascular disease
3. Studying cardiovascular manifestations including pulmonary hypertension and assessment of the right ventricle in sickle cell disease
4. Studying sudden death in and myocardial electrical properties of sickle cell disease
5. Integrating genome-wide approaches (expression profiling and SNP discovery) and advanced cardiac imaging to investigate heart failure and pulmonary hypertension

Ankit A. Desai, MD, FAHA, FACC
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Sarver Heart Center
Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program
University of Arizona
1656 E Mabel Street
Medical Research Building, Room #319
Tucson, AZ 85719

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