Kathleen Morgan, PhD
Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Dept of Health Sciences

PhD, University of Cincinnati



Scholarly interests include: the interactions between signaling proteins and cytoskeletal proteins; the differentiated smooth muscle cell; mechanisms of trafficking of signaling molecules; stroke, hypertension, and pre-term labor.

The Morgan lab works on the intersection of signaling pathways with the cytoskeleton of the contractile vascular smooth muscle cell. We have demonstrated that the nonmuscle cortical cytoskeleton and the adhesion plaques attached to it undergo dynamic rearrangements during stimulus-induced alterations in vascular tone and that this is one factor that regulates vascular contractility and compliance.

Recently we have become especially interested in the possible role of the vascular cytoskeleton, and its connection to matrix proteins through integrins, in the determination of known aging-associated increases aortic stiffness. Aging-associated aortic stiffness is known to be an independent and early predictor for adverse cardiovascular outcomes. We are currently testing the idea that cytoskeletal protein interactions may offer novel therapeutic targets for the regulation of aortic stiffness.

As a result of the fact that fully differentiated vascular smooth muscle cells are not readily transfectable we have developed a number of special techniques/reagents that may be of use to others. For example, we have designed and used a number of dominant negative, cell permeant, peptide constructs and we have developed morpholino approaches to knocking down smooth muscle proteins in organ culture.

Director
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Cytoskeleton & Signaling Lab


Dean ad interim (previously held: 6/2013 – 8/2014)
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College


Chair (previously held: 10/2006 - 8/2015)
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Health Sciences



2006-2011 The University of Manchester: Honorary Faculty Fellow, Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
1998 Cardiovascular Section of the American Physiological Society: Fellow
1992-1993 Wellcome Visiting Professor in the Basic Medical Sciences
1984-1989 American Heart Association : Established Investigator
1975-1976 Ryan Fellow


Actin and focal adhesion remodeling as therapeutic targets in cardiovascular disease
09/15/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
1R56AG053274-01

The Role of the Cytoskeleton in Vascular Aging
09/01/2015 - 05/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute on Aging
5R21AG050599-02

DYNAMICS OF THE VASCULAR SMOOTH MUSCLE CYTOSKELETON
07/01/2007 - 06/30/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
5P01HL086655-05




Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2016 Actin and focal adhesion remodeling as therapeutic targets in cardiovascular disease 1R56AG053274-01
2016 The Role of the Cytoskeleton in Vascular Aging 5R21AG050599-02
2015 The Role of the Cytoskeleton in Vascular Aging 1R21AG050599-01
2011 Dynamics of the Vascular Smooth Muscle Cytoskeleton 5P01HL086655-05 61
2011 Plasticity of the Vascular Smooth Muscle Cytoskeleton 5P01HL086655-05-1 61
2011 Administrative core 5P01HL086655-05-9002 61
2010 Dynamics of the Vascular Smooth Muscle Cytoskeleton 5P01HL086655-04 61
2010 Plasticity of the Vascular Smooth Muscle Cytoskeleton 5P01HL086655-04-1 61
2010 Administrative core 5P01HL086655-04-9002 61
2009 Dynamics of the Vascular Smooth Muscle Cytoskeleton 5P01HL086655-03 61
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  1. Nicholson CJ, Seta F, Lee S, Morgan KG. MicroRNA-203 mimics age-related aortic smooth muscle dysfunction of cytoskeletal pathways. J Cell Mol Med. 2017 Jan; 21(1):81-95.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27502584; DOI: 10.1111/jcmm.12940;.
  2. Brozovich FV, Nicholson CJ, Degen CV, Gao YZ, Aggarwal M, Morgan KG. Mechanisms of Vascular Smooth Muscle Contraction and the Basis for Pharmacologic Treatment of Smooth Muscle Disorders. Pharmacol Rev. 2016 Apr; 68(2):476-532. PMID: 27037223; PMCID: PMC4819215; DOI: 10.1124/pr.115.010652;.
  3. Fry JL, Shiraishi Y, Turcotte R, Yu X, Gao YZ, Akiki R, Bachschmid M, Zhang Y, Morgan KG, Cohen RA, Seta F. Vascular Smooth Muscle Sirtuin-1 Protects Against Aortic Dissection During Angiotensin II-Induced Hypertension. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Sep; 4(9):e002384.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26376991; PMCID: PMC4599512; DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.115.002384;.
  4. Saphirstein RJ, Gao YZ, Lin QQ, Morgan KG. Cortical actin regulation modulates vascular contractility and compliance in veins. J Physiol. 2015 Sep 1; 593(17):3929-41. PMID: 26096914; PMCID: PMC4575578; DOI: 10.1113/JP270845;.
  5. Gao YZ, Saphirstein RJ, Yamin R, Suki B, Morgan KG. Aging impairs smooth muscle-mediated regulation of aortic stiffness: a defect in shock absorption function? Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2014 Oct 15; 307(8):H1252-61. PMID: 25128168; PMCID: PMC4200340; DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00392.2014;.
  6. Saphirstein RJ, Morgan KG. The contribution of vascular smooth muscle to aortic stiffness across length scales. Microcirculation. 2014 Apr; 21(3):201-7. PMID: 24635219; DOI: 10.1111/micc.12101;.
  7. Jensen MH, Morris EJ, Gallant CM, Morgan KG, Weitz DA, Moore JR. Mechanism of calponin stabilization of cross-linked actin networks. Biophys J. 2014 Feb 18; 106(4):793-800.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24559982; PMCID: PMC3944828; DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.12.042;.
  8. Kim HR, Gallant C, Morgan KG. Regulation of PKC autophosphorylation by calponin in contractile vascular smooth muscle tissue. Biomed Res Int. 2013; 2013:358643. PMID: 24350264; PMCID: PMC3852320; DOI: 10.1155/2013/358643;.
  9. Morgan KG. The importance of the smooth muscle cytoskeleton to preterm labour. Exp Physiol. 2014 Mar; 99(3):525-9. PMID: 24121284; DOI: 10.1113/expphysiol.2013.072876;.
  10. Vetterkind S, Poythress RH, Lin QQ, Morgan KG. Hierarchical scaffolding of an ERK1/2 activation pathway. Cell Commun Signal. 2013; 11:65. PMID: 23987506; PMCID: PMC3846746; DOI: 10.1186/1478-811X-11-65;.
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

aortic stiffness
blood vessels
cardiovascular disease
cytoskeleton
ERK
mechanotransduction
preterm labor
scaffolds
signal transduction
smooth muscle
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