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  • Barbara Alexander, PhD

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    Director, Analytical and Assay Laboratory
    Office: G359
    Lab: G354
    Assay lab: G475
    Office phone: (601) 984-1831
    Lab phone: (601) 815-3106
    Assay lab phone: (601) 984-1825
    E-mail: balexander@umc.edu

    Areas of expertise

    • General: Cardiovascular / renal physiology, biochemistry
    • Specific: Developmental programming of adult health and disease, low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction, sex differences, hypertension.

    Research methods

    Our laboratory utilizes whole animal and molecular approaches including acute and chronic measurements of arterial pressure and renal hemodynamics (telemetry, GFR, ERPF, RVR), molecular, and biochemical assays (PCR, Western Blot, ELISA, etc).

    Current projects

    • Renal mechanisms of fetal programming of hypertension.
    • Mechanisms by which sex hormones contribute to sex differences in hypertension programmed by developmental insult.
    • Mismatch of prenatal and postnatal nutrition on later cardiovascular risk.
    • Mechanisms responsible for increased sensitivity to renal injury in low birth weight.