Tariq Hamid, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Hamid has a Ph.D. from Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India. He has extensive expertise in molecular and cellular biology. His research interests include understanding the molecular basis of gene-expression regulation during the progression of heart failure and their interrelationship with inflammation, stress and myocardial recovery. He more recently demonstrated the effects of TNF receptor abrogation and their divergent roles in the progression of left ventricular remodeling. Progression to heart failure is often preceded by left-ventricular remodeling which encompasses a number of changes both at the functional and molecular level including reactivation of fetal gene program, cardiac hypertrophy, modulation of cardiac fibrosis and induction of cardiomyocyte apoptosis. His current research interests include, 1) evaluation of molecular basis of myocardial recovery after LVAD support looking at the expression of miRNA’s and evaluating their functional importance, 2) regulation of ER-stress and protein-quality control mechanisms in cardiac pathology and, 3) functional importance of NF-kB activation during the progression of heart failure. Dr. Hamid also has an active collaboration with the other members of the group looking at a number of other pathophysiological processes. His research is supported by the National Scientist Development grant from the American Heart Association.