Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D. – Director
Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar is a Smith and Lucille Gibson Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. He is a graduate of Kanpur University, India and received his post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is known for his pioneering work on the polyol pathway of glucose metabolism and how it is regulated by nitric oxide.
Dr. Bhatnagar’s research has also led to the elucidation of the mechanisms by which free radicals and lipid peroxidation products affect the function of individual ion channels. His work has triggered the development of the new field of Environmental Cardiology.
- Serves as Deputy Editor of Circulation Research
- Serves on the Editorial Boards of Circulation and Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
- Serves as a member of the Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section, Center for Scientific Review
- Is an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association
- Has participated in over 50 National Institutes of Health review panels
- Has authored over 180 publications:
- Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence
- Particulate Matter Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease: An AHA Scientific Statement
- Environmental Cardiology: Pollution and Heart Disease
Our Research Focus:
Using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, our work ranges from cardiovascular metabolism and inflammation to stem cell biology and environmental cardiology, all while maintaining a cohesive theme and common goal. We believe that coupled with community outreach and expert clinical care, our research can help stem the tide of these growing epidemics.