Ravindra K Sharma

Ravindra K Sharma,

Assistant Scientist

Department: Department of Physiology and Aging


New Investigator Award
2018 · American Heart Association (AHA)

Research Profile

My current research interests are to understand the mechanisms underlying cardio-vascular complications in chronic kidney disease (CKD). More specifically, I am investigating the role of central mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of vascular disorders such as hypertension, arterial stiffness in CKD. I am also interested in studying the role of circadian clock in the the regulation of cardiovascular disorders. My background in cardiovascular physiology and as a part of my work performed in previous projects, I have established my laboratory techniques to understand the heart, brain, kidney and vascular functions in animal models of cardiovascular diseases. I have more than 12 years of experience in recording of various cardiovascular parameters such as radio-telemetry blood pressure, right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP), ventricular pressure with Millar catheter and echocardiographic imaging to analyze heart and vessels functions. I routinely perform surgeries such as stereotaxic, 5/6 nephrectomy and ischemia re-perfusion in rodents. My primary responsibility is to run a research program, designing experiments, obtain regulatory approval, perform and supervise animal experiments, analyze the data and prepare manuscripts. I have developed collaborative projects with a highly successful team of researchers in the University of Florida, dedicated to studying the cardiovascular complications of kidney diseases. During my postdoctoral training, my research focus was to understand the role of neuroinflammation and other cellular mechanisms of central nervous system in the pathophysiology of hypertension and pulmonary hypertension. I have discovered that microglial cells in the cardio-regulatory areas of the brain have direct communication with gut microbiota in the regulation of gut-brain-axis in hypertension. In addition to that, my work on pulmonary hypertension (PH) showed that PH is a systemic disease involving interplay among multiorgan systems rather a disease of pulmonary vasculature. I have successfully demonstrated for the first time the association of gut microbial dysbiosis in two different rodent models of PH and further showed that overexpression of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) alleviate PH and associated right heart pathologies. These findings led us to propose a dysfunctional brain-gut-lung axis in PH. For this work, I received “New Investigator Award” and received travel support from the American Heart Association (AHA) in Council on Hypertension Meeting 2018. I have demonstrated excellent productivity in research evidenced by my publications record which includes more than 16 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals including Circulation Research, Hypertension and Clinical Science. My recent publications that highlight my experience and qualification are listed under the subheading of “Contribution of Science”. I have expertise, motivation, multidisciplinary training and our laboratory has all of the primary equipment to carry out the proposed work. I believe our excellent research environment at the University of Florida will aid us in successfully completing the proposed research.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)


Areas of Interest
  • Gut Microbiome
  • Hypertension
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • chronic kidney disease
  • vascular stiffness


Circadian Disruption and the Molecular Clock in Atherosclerosis and Hypertension.
The Canadian journal of cardiology. 39(12):1757-1771 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cjca.2023.06.416. [PMID] 37355229.
Involvement of lysyl oxidase in the pathogenesis of arterial stiffness in chronic kidney disease
American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology. 324(4):F364-F373 [DOI] 10.1152/ajprenal.00239.2022. [PMID] 36825626.
Analysis of energy storage materials for developments in solar cookers.
F1000Research. 11 [DOI] 10.12688/f1000research.126864.2. [PMID] 37224322.
Fecal matter transplant from Ace2 overexpressing mice counteracts chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension.
Pulmonary circulation. 12(1) [DOI] 10.1002/pul2.12015. [PMID] 35506083.
Involvement of Lysyl Oxidase in the Pathogenesis of Arterial Stiffness in Chronic Kidney Disease
The FASEB Journal. 36(S1) [DOI] 10.1096/fasebj.2022.36.s1.r3425.
KUB-UNet: Segmentation of Organs of Urinary System from a KUB X-ray Image.
Computer methods and programs in biomedicine. 224 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cmpb.2022.107031. [PMID] 35878485.
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) as a possible risk factor for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Frontiers in neuroscience. 16 [DOI] 10.3389/fnins.2022.1021721. [PMID] 36590303.
Ambient fine particulate matter exposure and incident mild cognitive impairment and dementia.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 69(8):2185-2194 [DOI] 10.1111/jgs.17188. [PMID] 33904156.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 and COVID-19 in cardiorenal diseases
Clinical Science. 135(1):1-17 [DOI] 10.1042/cs20200482.
Central Administration of Hydrogen Sulfide Donor NaHS Reduces Iba1-Positive Cells in the PVN and Attenuates Rodent Angiotensin II Hypertension.
Frontiers in neuroscience. 15 [DOI] 10.3389/fnins.2021.690919. [PMID] 34602965.
ACE2 (Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2) in Cardiopulmonary Diseases: Ramifications for the Control of SARS-CoV-2.
Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979). 76(3):651-661 [DOI] 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.15595. [PMID] 32783758.
Gut Pathology and Its Rescue by ACE2 (Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2) in Hypoxia-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension.
Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979). 76(1):206-216 [DOI] 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.14931. [PMID] 32418496.
Pulmonary arterial hypertension-associated changes in gut pathology and microbiota
ERJ Open Research. 6(3):00253-2019 [DOI] 10.1183/23120541.00253-2019. [PMID] 32743008.
Maternal Obesity, Birth Size, and Risk of Childhood Cancer Development.
American journal of epidemiology. 188(8):1503-1511 [DOI] 10.1093/aje/kwz118. [PMID] 31107539.
Microglial Cells Impact Gut Microbiota and Gut Pathology in Angiotensin II-Induced Hypertension.
Circulation research. 124(5):727-736 [DOI] 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.118.313882. [PMID] 30612527.
Transcriptome-wide analysis associates ID2 expression with combined pre- and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension.
Scientific reports. 9(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-019-55700-y. [PMID] 31862991.
Involvement of Microglial Cells in Hypoxia-induced Pulmonary Hypertension
. 59(2):271-273
Involvement of Microglial Cells in Hypoxia-induced Pulmonary Hypertension.
American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology. 59(2):271-273 [DOI] 10.1165/rcmb.2018-0042LE. [PMID] 30067089.
Involvement of Neuroinflammation in the Pathogenesis of Monocrotaline-Induced Pulmonary Hypertension.
Hypertension (Dallas, Tex. : 1979). 71(6):1156-1163 [DOI] 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.10934. [PMID] 29712738.
Systemic inflammatory markers associated with cardiovascular disease and acute and chronic exposure to fine particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5) among US NHANES adults with metabolic syndrome.
Environmental research. 161:485-491 [DOI] 10.1016/j.envres.2017.11.042. [PMID] 29223110.
A Single Angiotensin II Hypertensive Stimulus Is Associated with Prolonged Neuronal and Immune System Activation in Wistar-Kyoto Rats.
Frontiers in physiology. 8 [DOI] 10.3389/fphys.2017.00592. [PMID] 28912720.
Association of exposure to particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk in adult NHANES participants (2001-2008).
International journal of hygiene and environmental health. 219(3):301-10 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijheh.2015.12.002. [PMID] 26725170.
Revisiting Nonresidential Environmental Exposures and Childhood Lead Poisoning in the US: Findings from Kansas, 2000-2005.
Journal of environmental and public health. 2016 [DOI] 10.1155/2016/8791686. [PMID] 27042184.
Role of the paraventricular nucleus in the reflex diuresis to pulmonary lymphatic obstruction in rabbits.
Canadian journal of physiology and pharmacology. 94(1):18-27 [DOI] 10.1139/cjpp-2015-0109. [PMID] 26497164.
Air toxics and the risk of autism spectrum disorder: the results of a population based case-control study in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Environmental health : a global access science source. 14 [DOI] 10.1186/s12940-015-0064-1. [PMID] 26444407.
Fine particulate matter and the risk of autism spectrum disorder.
Environmental research. 140:414-20 [DOI] 10.1016/j.envres.2015.04.021. [PMID] 25957837.
Is there an association of circulatory hospitalizations independent of mining employment in coal-mining and non-coal-mining counties in west virginia?
Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 57(4):e30-6 [DOI] 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000425. [PMID] 25851190.
Never too old for congenital heart disease: sinus venosus atrial septal defect with anomalous pulmonary venous return in an octogenarian.
Pulmonary circulation. 5(3):587-9 [DOI] 10.1086/682429. [PMID] 26401261.
Role of posterior hypothalamus in hypobaric hypoxia induced pulmonary edema.
Respiratory physiology & neurobiology. 205:66-76 [DOI] 10.1016/j.resp.2014.10.010. [PMID] 25448396.
The association of respiratory hospitalization rates in WV counties, total, underground, and surface coal production and sociodemographic covariates.
Journal of occupational and environmental medicine. 56(11):1179-88 [DOI] 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000246. [PMID] 25376413.
Do US ambient air lead levels have a significant impact on childhood blood lead levels: results of a national study.
Journal of environmental and public health. 2013 [DOI] 10.1155/2013/278042. [PMID] 23983719.
Ambient air pollution exposure and blood pressure changes during pregnancy.
Environmental research. 117:46-53 [DOI] 10.1016/j.envres.2012.05.011. [PMID] 22835955.
Advances and current themes in occupational health and environmental public health surveillance.
Annual review of public health. 32:109-32 [DOI] 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-082310-152811. [PMID] 21219165.
Particulate air pollution exposure and C-reactive protein during early pregnancy.
Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.). 22(4):524-31 [DOI] 10.1097/EDE.0b013e31821c6c58. [PMID] 21516040.
PM10 air pollution exposure during pregnancy and term low birth weight in Allegheny County, PA, 1994-2000.
International archives of occupational and environmental health. 84(3):251-7 [DOI] 10.1007/s00420-010-0545-z. [PMID] 20496078.
The association between driving distance and glycemic control in rural areas.
Journal of diabetes science and technology. 5(3):494-500 [PMID] 21722565.


May 2021 ACTIVE
Endothelial Circadian Clock Protein PER1 Modulates Salt-sensitive Hypertension
Role: Co-Investigator


Postdoctoral Research Associate
2015-2020 · Department of Physiology and Functinal Genomics at University of Florida
PhD in Medical Physiology
2015 · University of Delhi

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