Penn Cardiovascular Institute

Penn Cardiovascular Institute Research Directory

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Peter F. Davies, Ph.D.

Robinette Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
1010 Vagelos Research Lab
3340 Smith Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6383
Office: (215) 573-6813
Fax: (215) 573-6815
BSc. (Chemistry/Biochemistry (w/Hons.))
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, 1969.
MSc. (Biochemistry)
University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, 1972.
Ph.D. (Experimental Pathology)
Cambridge University, UK, 1975.
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Description of CVI Expertise

CVI Program Unit Administrator:
Biotechnology / Nanomedicine / Imaging

Research Interests
Biomechanics in Vascular Biology/Pathology, Hemodynamics and Atherosclerosis, Vascular Cell Communication, Cytoskeletal and membrane biophysics.

Key Words: Endothelium, hemodynamic forces, atherosclerosis, vascular biology, vascular pathology, endothelial mechanotransduction, shear stress, endothelial genomics.

Description of Research
Molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases, particularly arterial biology and pathology (atherosclerosis). Mechanisms of interaction of hemodynamic forces with the vascular endothelium and vascular cell-cell interactions. Experimental approaches ranging from cell and molecular biology, membrane biophysics, to biomechanics andcomputational fluid dynamics.

Rotation Projects for 2003-2004
Please discuss with Dr. Davies.

Lab Personnel:
Tony Passerini PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
David Kaufman MD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Craig Simmons PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Jon Lakins PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Jenny Zilberberg PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Richard Magid PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Mete Civelek, Graduate Student
Yun Fang, Graduate Student
Technical Staff: Congzhu Shi PhD, Technical Staff
Nadeene Francesco, Technical Staff
Rebecca Riley, Technical Staff
Richard Kim, Student Intern
Gary Chang, Student Intern
Tran Lo, Student Intern
Justyna Mach, Student Intern
Matthew Henry, Student Intern

Selected Publications

Han J, Shuvaev VV, Davies PF, Eckmann DM, Muro S, Muzykantov VR. : Flow shear stress differentially regulates endothelial uptake of nanocarriers targeted to distinct epitopes of PECAM-1. J Controlled Release In Review 2015.

Karamanian, A., Jimenez, J.M.,Jiang Y-Z, Davies, P.F. : Loss of flow-sensitive endothelial Claudin-5 expression at atherosusceptibility sites in vivo. Circulation Research In preparation 2015.

Jiang, Y-Z, Manduchi, E, Stoeckert CJ, Davies PF.: Endothelial methylome: Differential DNA methylation in athero-susceptible aortic regions in vivo. BMC Genomics, In Review BMC Genomics, In Review 2015.

Sweet DT, Jiménez JM, Chang J, Hess PR, Shepard D, Davies PF, Kahn ML.: Lymph flow regulates lymphatic remodeling and valve development through shear stress-induced Gata2 signaling. J. Clin Invest. In Revision 2015.

Jiang Y-Z, Zhang L-D, Manduchi E, Davies PF. : Oxidative stress induces DNA hypermethylation of endothelial HOXA5 promoter and gene suppression in vitro and maps to athero-susceptible endothelium in vivo. Circulation Research In preparation 2015.

Chacko A-M, Han J, Zern BJ, Mikitsch JL, Nayak M, Menon D, Eckman D, Davies PF, Muzykantov VR. : Collaborative enhancement of endothelial nanocarrier targeting by modulating PECAM-1/CD31 epitope engagement. Am. Chem. Soc. Nano. In Review 2015.

Jiang YZ, Jiménez JM, Ou K, McCormick ME, Zhang LD, Davies PF.: Hemodynamic disturbed flow induces differential DNA methylation of endothelial kruppel-like factor 4 promoter in vitro and in vivo. Circulation Research 115:((1)): 32-43, June 2014.

Jimenez, J.M., Prasad, V., Yu, M., Kampmeyer, C., Kaakour, A-H., Wang, P., Maloney, S.F., Wright, N., Johnston, I., Jiang, Y-Z., Davies P.F. : Macro and microscale variables regulate coronary stent hemodynamics, fibrin deposition and thrombomodulin expression. J. Royal Society Interface. The Royal Society, London, 11(94):20131079., February 2014.

Fang, Y. and Davies P.F.: MicroRNA-92a regulates Kruppel-like Factors 4 and 2 (KLF4; KLF2) in athero-susceptible endothelium. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 32: 979-987, Jan 2012.

Han, J., Zern, B., Shuvaev, V., Davies, P.F., Muzykantov, V. : Acute and chronic shear stress differentially regulate endothelial internalization of nanocarriers targeted to platelet-endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1). Amer. Chem. Soc. Nano. 6: 8824-8836, 2012.

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Last updated: 03/06/2015
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