Isakson, Brant

Brant Isakson

Brant Isakson

Primary Appointment

Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics


  • PhD, University of Wyoming

Contact Information

PO Box 801394
Telephone: 4-2093

Research Interests

Intercellular communication as it relates to blood pressure regulation

Research Description

My lab focuses on intercellular communication in the and how this regulates the critical proces of vessel dilation and constriction--elucidating this fundamental process is key to understanding such diseases as hypertention. To that end, our lab is keenly interested in the membrane bound proteins connexins (which link cellular cytoplasm together physically) and pannexins (which signal other cells by releasing ATP into the extracellular environment), as well as how nitric oxide may regulate these channels directly, or act independantly based on it's cellular localization in the vessel wall. Our lab utilizes everything from transgenic animals and isolated intact blood vessels, to unique cell culture techniques and molecular biology, to biphysical techniques such as analytical size exclusion. We believe this is the best way to tackle the most pressing and interesting biological questions. For the most current list of Isakson Lab publications, please click here.

Selected Publications