Robert J. Levy

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Professor of Pediatrics
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
Abramson Pediatric Research Center,
Room 702D
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318
Office: 215-590-6119
Fax: 215-590-5454
Graduate Group Affiliations
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1970.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research Summary
Heart Valve Disease: Research programs underway concerning the developmental basis for aortic valve disease, mechanistic studies of progression of calcific aortic stenosis, serotonin mechanisms in heart valve disease, and novel biomaterials for heart valve prostheses.

Gene delivery stents are an area of major interest: plasmid or viral vectors configured in sustained release preparations onto vascular stents for site specific vascular gene therapy.

Magnetic delivery of nanoparticles for pharmaceutical and cell therapy to treat arterial disease.

Description of Itmat Expertise

Dr. Levy's major research interests are heart valve disease, gene delivery stents, biomaterials and nanotechnology.

Selected Publications

Fishbein I, Welch, Guerrero DT, Alferiev IS, Adamo RF, Chorny M, Gupte RK, Tang Y, Levy RJ: Paraffin Processing of Stented Arteries Using a Post-Fixation Dissolution of Metallic and Polymeric Stents. Cardiovascular Pathology 25(6): 483-488, Aug 2016.

Slee JB, Alferiev IS, Nagaswami C, Weisel JW, Levy RJ, Fishbein I, Stachelek SJ: Enhanced biocompatibility of CD47-functionalized vascular stents. Biomaterials 87: 82-92, May 2016.

Adamo Richard F, Fishbein Ilia, Zhang Kehan, Wen Justin, Levy Robert J, Alferiev Ivan S, Chorny Michael: Magnetically enhanced cell delivery for accelerating recovery of the endothelium in injured arteries. J Control Release 222: 169-75, Jan 2016.

Christian AJ, Alferiev IS, Connolly JM, Ischiropoulos H, Levy RJ.: The effects of the covalent attachment of 3-(4-hydroxy-3,5-di-tertbutylphenyl) propyl amine to glutaraldehyde pre-treated bovine pericardium on structural degeneration, oxidative modification and calcification of rat subdermal implants. J Biomed Mater Res A 103(7): 2441-8, Jul 2015.

Alferiev Ivan S, Iyer Radhika, Croucher Jamie L, Adamo Richard F, Zhang Kehan, Mangino Jennifer L, Kolla Venkatadri, Fishbein Ilia, Brodeur Garrett M, Levy Robert J, Chorny Michael: Nanoparticle-mediated delivery of a rapidly activatable prodrug of SN-38 for neuroblastoma therapy. Biomaterials 51: 22-9, May 2015.

Iyer R, Croucher JL, Chorny M, Mangino JL, Alferiev IS, Levy RJ, Kolla V, Brodeur GM: Nanoparticle delivery of an SN38 conjugate is more effective than irinotecan in a mouse model of neuroblastoma. Cancer Lett 360(2): 205-12, Feb 2015.

Kruklitis RJ, Fishbein I, Singhal S, Kapoor V, Levy RJ, Sterman DH: Stent-mediated gene delivery for site-specific transgene administration to the airway epithelium and management of tracheobronchial tumors. Respiration 88(5): 406-17, Oct 2014 Notes: [PubMed - in process]

Hood Elizabeth D, Chorny Michael, Greineder Colin F, S Alferiev Ivan, Levy Robert J, Muzykantov Vladimir R: Endothelial targeting of nanocarriers loaded with antioxidant enzymes for protection against vascular oxidative stress and inflammation. Biomaterials 35(11): 3708-15, Apr 2014.

Tengood JE, Alferiev IS, Zhang K, Fishbein I, Levy RJ, Chorny M.: Real-time disassembly analysis of composite magnetic nanoparticles in cells and biomimetic media. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 11(11): 4245-50, Mar 2014 Notes: Pub Med in process.

Christian Abigail J, Lin Hongqiao, Alferiev Ivan S, Connolly Jeanne M, Ferrari Giovanni, Hazen Stanley L, Ischiropoulos Harry, Levy Robert J: The susceptibility of bioprosthetic heart valve leaflets to oxidation. Biomaterials 35(7): 2097-102, Feb 2014.

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Last updated: 01/03/2017
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