Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Lisa Wilsbacher Lab

About Our Lab

The goal of our research is to define key signaling pathways in cardiac development and cardiomyocyte maintenance in the setting of pathological stress. Currently, the laboratory investigates the G protein-coupled receptor sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1P1) and its unexpected role in cardiomyocyte proliferation and cardiac development. We aim to identify the signaling mechanisms that underlie these cardiac developmental effects and to investigate whether S1P1 signaling contributes to cardiac remodeling in the adult heart.

Selected publications

Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor-1 in cardiomyocytes is required for normal cardiac development. Clay H*, Wilsbacher LD*, Wilson SJ, Duong DN, McDonald M, Lam I, Park KE, Chun J, Coughlin SR. *Equal contributors. Dev Biol. 2016 Jun 19. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2016.06.024. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27333774

Genetics of Cardiac Developmental Disorders: Cardiomyocyte Proliferation and Growth and Relevance to Heart Failure.
Wilsbacher L and McNally EM. Annu Rev Pathol. 2016 May 23;11:395-419. PMID: 26925501

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News and Events

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) 2021 Healthcare Provider Genomics Education Week
June 7-11, 2021

NHGRI-AHA Joint Webinar
Vascular Genetics: Approaches to Aortopathies and Arteriopathies
June 11, 2021
8 am CT

AHA BCVS Scientific Sessions 2021
Aug 23-25, 2021
Virtual meeting

AHA Scientific Sessions 2021
Nov 13-15, 2021
Boston, MA + Virtual

Lisa Wilsbacher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor in Medicine-Cardiology and Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute

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