Reza Izadpanah, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute Tulane Cancer Center Associate Member in the Signaling & Clinical Programs
Address: 1430 Tulane Ave., SL-48, New Orleans, LA 70112
Dr. Izadpanah earned a D.V.M. from Tehran University and a Ph.D. in molecular virology from St. Istvan University. After completing postdoctoral training in molecular virology and stem cell biology, Dr. Izadpanah joined the faculty of Tulane University, where he is currently a research assistant professor in the Heart and Vascular Institute. He also holds appointments in the Department of Surgery and the Center for Aging. Currently, Dr. Izadpanah's research focuses on human mesenchymal stem cells. Adult stem cells exist as a reservoir for tissue repair during homeostasis. They have a remarkable capacity for self-renewal in an undifferentiated state and can differentiate to replace damaged cells in tissue. It may be possible to harness the unique properties of stem cells to cure disease, regenerate tissue, repair traumatized tissue and reverse the degenerative effects of aging. As such, these stem cells have potential application to treat a range of disorders, including arthritis, heart attack and cancer. In addition, Dr. Izadpanah is investigating the molecular mechanisms of stem cell interactions with tumor microenvironment.
Dr. Izadpanah's publications can be viewed on the PubMed web site