Research Funding

  • July 1, 1992 - May 31, 2023 - Molecular and Cellular Basis of Cardiovascular Disease , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: T32HL007731
  • January 15, 2014 - December 31, 2017 - Structural Basis of Protease-Activated Receptor Function , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01HL121387
  • February 14, 2017 - October 31, 2017 - Structure-Function and Roles of Protease-Activated Receptors , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R35HL135755
  • April 1, 1996 - December 31, 2016 - Molecular Genetics of Cardiac Cell Differentiation , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01HL054737


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, S.B., S.B., 1976, Biology, Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, S.M., 1976, Biochemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, Ph.D., 1981, Neur. and Endo. Reg.
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, M.D., 1982, Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • Established Investigator, AHA; Ted Zimmerman Lecture, ASH, 1991
  • 1992
  • 1994
    Syntex Prize in Receptor Pharmacology
  • 1997
    AAP; Owren Lecture, Oslo; AHA Sol Sherry Lecture
  • 1998
    Outstanding Investigator Award, AFMR
  • 2000
    Hoeg Award, AHA
  • 2000
    Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2000
    Russel Ross Lecture, AHA
  • 2002
    Pasarow Foundation Award for Cardiovascular Research
  • 2003
    Basic Science Prize, AHA
  • 2004
    14th Bristol-Meyers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cardiovascular Research
  • 2004
    Member, National Academy of Sciences

Selected Publications

  1. Fu F, Pietropaolo M, Cui L, Pandit S, Li W, Tarnavski O, Shetty SS, Liu J, Lussier JM, Murakami Y, Grewal PK, Deyneko G, Turner GM, Taggart AKP, Waters MG, Coughlin S, Adachi Y. Lack of authentic atrial fibrillation in commonly used murine atrial fibrillation models. PLoS One. 2022; 17(1):e0256512.  View on PubMed
  2. Merlini M, Rafalski VA, Ma K, Kim KY, Bushong EA, Rios Coronado PE, Yan Z, Mendiola AS, Sozmen EG, Ryu JK, Haberl MG, Madany M, Sampson DN, Petersen MA, Bardehle S, Tognatta R, Dean T, Acevedo RM, Cabriga B, Thomas R, Coughlin SR, Ellisman MH, Palop JJ, Akassoglou K. Microglial Gi-dependent dynamics regulate brain network hyperexcitability. Nat Neurosci. 2021 01; 24(1):19-23.  View on PubMed
  3. Buhl T, Ikoma A, Kempkes C, Cevikbas F, Sulk M, Buddenkotte J, Akiyama T, Crumrine D, Camerer E, Carstens E, Schön MP, Elias P, Coughlin SR, Steinhoff M. Protease-Activated Receptor-2 Regulates Neuro-Epidermal Communication in Atopic Dermatitis. Front Immunol. 2020; 11:1740.  View on PubMed
  4. Zhang Q, Schepis A, Huang H, Yang J, Ma W, Torra J, Zhang SQ, Yang L, Wu H, Nonell S, Dong Z, Kornberg TB, Coughlin SR, Shu X. Designing a Green Fluorogenic Protease Reporter by Flipping a Beta Strand of GFP for Imaging Apoptosis in Animals. J Am Chem Soc. 2019 03 20; 141(11):4526-4530.  View on PubMed
  5. Bokoch MP, Jo H, Valcourt JR, Srinivasan Y, Pan AC, Capponi S, Grabe M, Dror RO, Shaw DE, DeGrado WF, Coughlin SR. Entry from the Lipid Bilayer: A Possible Pathway for Inhibition of a Peptide G Protein-Coupled Receptor by a Lipophilic Small Molecule. Biochemistry. 2018 10 02; 57(39):5748-5758.  View on PubMed
  6. Wu RS, Lam II, Clay H, Duong DN, Deo RC, Coughlin SR. A Rapid Method for Directed Gene Knockout for Screening in G0 Zebrafish. Dev Cell. 2018 07 02; 46(1):112-125.e4.  View on PubMed
  7. Zhang Q, Zheng YW, Coughlin SR, Shu X. A rapid fluorogenic GPCR-β-arrestin interaction assay. Protein Sci. 2018 04; 27(4):874-879.  View on PubMed
  8. Zhang Q, Huang H, Zhang L, Wu R, Chung CI, Zhang SQ, Torra J, Schepis A, Coughlin SR, Kornberg TB, Shu X. Visualizing Dynamics of Cell Signaling In Vivo with a Phase Separation-Based Kinase Reporter. Mol Cell. 2018 01 18; 69(2):347.  View on PubMed
  9. Jiang X, Wooderchak-Donahue WL, McDonald J, Ghatpande P, Baalbaki M, Sandoval M, Hart D, Clay H, Coughlin S, Lagna G, Bayrak-Toydemir P, Hata A. Inactivating mutations in Drosha mediate vascular abnormalities similar to hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Sci Signal. 2018 01 16; 11(513).  View on PubMed
  10. Ely LK, Lolicato M, David T, Lowe K, Kim YC, Samuel D, Bessette P, Garcia JL, Mikita T, Minor DL, Coughlin SR. Structural Basis for Activity and Specificity of an Anticoagulant Anti-FXIa Monoclonal Antibody and a Reversal Agent. Structure. 2018 02 06; 26(2):187-198.e4.  View on PubMed
  11. Schepis A, Barker A, Srinivasan Y, Balouch E, Zheng Y, Lam I, Clay H, Hsiao CD, Coughlin SR. Protease signaling regulates apical cell extrusion, cell contacts, and proliferation in epithelia. J Cell Biol. 2018 03 05; 217(3):1097-1112.  View on PubMed
  12. Zhang Q, Huang H, Zhang L, Wu R, Chung CI, Zhang SQ, Torra J, Schepis A, Coughlin SR, Kornberg TB, Shu X. Visualizing Dynamics of Cell Signaling In Vivo with a Phase Separation-Based Kinase Reporter. Mol Cell. 2018 01 18; 69(2):334-346.e4.  View on PubMed
  13. Lefrançais E, Ortiz-Muñoz G, Caudrillier A, Mallavia B, Liu F, Sayah DM, Thornton EE, Headley MB, David T, Coughlin SR, Krummel MF, Leavitt AD, Passegué E, Looney MR. The lung is a site of platelet biogenesis and a reservoir for haematopoietic progenitors. Nature. 2017 04 06; 544(7648):105-109.  View on PubMed
  14. Gazit SL, Mariko B, Thérond P, Decouture B, Xiong Y, Couty L, Bonnin P, Baudrie V, Le Gall SM, Dizier B, Zoghdani N, Ransinan J, Hamilton JR, Gaussem P, Tharaux PL, Chun J, Coughlin SR, Bachelot-Loza C, Hla T, Ho-Tin-Noé B, Camerer E. Platelet and Erythrocyte Sources of S1P Are Redundant for Vascular Development and Homeostasis, but Both Rendered Essential After Plasma S1P Depletion in Anaphylactic Shock. Circ Res. 2016 Sep 30; 119(8):e110-26.  View on PubMed
  15. David T, Kim YC, Ely LK, Rondon I, Gao H, O'Brien P, Bolt MW, Coyle AJ, Garcia JL, Flounders EA, Mikita T, Coughlin SR. Factor XIa-specific IgG and a reversal agent to probe factor XI function in thrombosis and hemostasis. Sci Transl Med. 2016 08 24; 8(353):353ra112.  View on PubMed
  16. To TL, Schepis A, Ruiz-González R, Zhang Q, Yu D, Dong Z, Coughlin SR, Shu X. Rational Design of a GFP-Based Fluorogenic Caspase Reporter for Imaging Apoptosis In Vivo. Cell Chem Biol. 2016 07 21; 23(7):875-882.  View on PubMed
  17. Clay H, Wilsbacher LD, Wilson SJ, Duong DN, McDonald M, Lam I, Park KE, Chun J, Coughlin SR. Sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor-1 in cardiomyocytes is required for normal cardiac development. Dev Biol. 2016 10 01; 418(1):157-165.  View on PubMed
  18. Orr N, Arnaout R, Gula LJ, Spears DA, Leong-Sit P, Li Q, Tarhuni W, Reischauer S, Chauhan VS, Borkovich M, Uppal S, Adler A, Coughlin SR, Stainier DYR, Gollob MH. A mutation in the atrial-specific myosin light chain gene (MYL4) causes familial atrial fibrillation. Nat Commun. 2016 Apr 12; 7:11303.  View on PubMed
  19. Pfreundschuh M, Alsteens D, Wieneke R, Zhang C, Coughlin SR, Tampé R, Kobilka BK, Müller DJ. Identifying and quantifying two ligand-binding sites while imaging native human membrane receptors by AFM. Nat Commun. 2015 Nov 12; 6:8857.  View on PubMed
  20. Zou J, Tran D, Baalbaki M, Tang LF, Poon A, Pelonero A, Titus EW, Yuan C, Shi C, Patchava S, Halper E, Garg J, Movsesyan I, Yin C, Wu R, Wilsbacher LD, Liu J, Hager RL, Coughlin SR, Jinek M, Pullinger CR, Kane JP, Hart DO, Kwok PY, Deo RC. An internal promoter underlies the difference in disease severity between N- and C-terminal truncation mutations of Titin in zebrafish. Elife. 2015 Oct 16; 4:e09406.  View on PubMed

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