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Physiology of cardiomyocyte injury in COVID-19

COVID-19 affects multiple organs. Clinical data from the Mount Sinai Health System shows that substantial numbers of COVID-19 patients without prior heart disease develop cardiac dysfunction. How COVID-19 patients develop cardiac disease is not known. We integrate cell biological and physiological analyses of human cardiomyocytes differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the presence of interleukins, with clinical findings, to investigate plausible mechanisms of cardiac disease in COVID-19 patients. Abstract


OVERVIEW

We are a systems biology and systems pharmacology laboratory. We use systems reasoning to address fundamental questions in mammalian biology, biomedicine, and pharmacology. Our long-standing expertise is in the biochemistry and molecular biology of cell signaling pathways and networks, especially G protein pathways. We have expertise in many experimental and computational methodologies.

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Research

Multi organ pathophysiology in COVID -19

Patients with COVID-19 showed multiple pathophysiologies including heart kidney and clotting dysfunctions in addition to pneumonia. We do not understand the mechanisms for these varied responses. We are using single cell transcriptomic data from different human cell types representing the different organs and clinical and whole genome sequencing data from COVID-19 patients to identify genomic characteristics of susceptibility to multi-organ dysfunction.

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Forgetting

For over two decades we have studied, both experimentally and computationally, how interactions among cell signaling networks within neurons regulate neuronal plasticity,. As part of these studies we found that memory formation processes activate transcriptional repressors that enable forgetting. We are now studying the molecular pathways and the cellular circuits within the hippocampus involved in forgetting and are determining the role of regulatory loops, such as feedforward loops, in controlling the balance between remembering and forgetting.

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