Mitra Esfandiarei, PhD, is an associate professor of Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University in Arizona, USA, and an adjunct professor of Pharmacology at the UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics. She obtained her BSc in Microbiology with High Distinction from Tehran University and a Masters in Medical Microbiology from Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Iran, and a PhD degree in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine from the University of British Columbia in Canada. She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology at the Child & Family Research Institute, before taking a full time faculty position in USA. Her research has a focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms contributing to the progression of Marfan syndrome associated aortic aneurysm, and the protective effects that exercise may have on the disease process in both laboratory animal models and human patients. Another area of her research focuses on the regulation of calcium signaling during the endoplasmic reticulum stress response in the context of vascular diseases. Dr. Esfandiarei’s research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Rare disease foundation, and the Marfan Foundation.
General Research Interest(s)
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response
Marfan Syndrome Associated Aortic Aneurysm
Effects of Mild Exercise on the Aortic Aneurysm Progression