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Shibani Pati, MD, PhD

Research and Clinical Interests

I am a vascular biologist with an interest in the role of endothelial dysfunction and vascular compromise in the pathogenesis of human disease. My specific areas of investigation involve the use of stem cells and novel resuscitative modalities that can mitigate endothelial dysfunction in traumatic injury. Abnormalities in vascular permeability leading to inflammation, tissue edema, and end-organ dysfunction significantly contribute to the morbidity and mortality associated with a number of human disease processes. For example, although a number of factors contribute to the high mortality and morbidity associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), the development of cerebral edema with brain swelling remains one of the most significant predictors of outcome. Similarly both hemorrhagic shock and septic shock are characterized by abnormal vascular permeability, which contributes to the development of shock-associated acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Despite the clear importance of abnormal vascular permeability in a number of human disease processes, there exists no therapeutic modality in current use to attenuate it. Our lab aims to understand the mechanisms of vascular compromise in injury and novel methods by which to modulate it.

Selected Publications

  • Menge T, Zhao Y, Zhao J, Wataha, K, Gerber M, Zhang J, Letourneau P, Redell J, Shen L, Wang J, Peng Z, Xue H, Kozar R, Cox CS Jr, Khakoo AY, Holcomb JB, Dash PK, Pati S. Mesenchymal stem cells regulate blood-brain barrier integrity through TIMP3 release after traumatic brain injury. Sci Transl Med;4: 161ra50.
  • P Letourneau, T Menge, K Wataha, C Wade, CS Cox Jr, JB Holcomb, S Pati. Human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells regulate leukocyte-endothelial interactions and activation of transcription factor NF-kappa B. Journal of Tissue Sci and Engineering. S3:001.
  • Pati S, Gerber MH, Menge TD, Wataha KA, Zhao Y, Baumgartner JA, Zhao J, Letourneau PA, Huby MP, Baer LA, Salsbury JR, Kozar RA, Wade CE, Walker PA, Dash PK, Cox CS Jr, Doursout MF, Holcomb JB. Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells inhibit inflammation and preserve vascular endothelial integrity in the lungs after hemorrhagic shock. PLoS One. 2011;6(9):e25171. Epub 2011 Sep 28 PMID: 21980392
  • Pati S*., Rogers, T, Khakoo, AY, Lederer, J. Mesenchymal Stem Cells Stimulate Protective Genetic Programming of Injured Cardiac Ventricular Myocytes. Journal of Mol. And Cell. Cardiology 2010
  • * Indicates Co-first author
  • Pati S, Khakoo AY, Zhao J, Jimenez F, Gerber M, Harting MT, Redell JB, Grill RJ, Matsuo Y, Guha S, Cox CS, Reitz MS, Holcomb JB, Dash PK. Human mesenchymal stem cells inhibit vascular permeability by modulating VE-cadherin/beta-catenin signaling. Stem Cells Dev. 2010 May 6. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 20446815
  • Pati S, Matijevic N, Doursout MF, Ko T, Cao Y, Deng X, Kozar RA, Hartwell E, Conyers J, Holcomb JB. Protective effects of fresh frozen plasma on vascular endothelial permeability, coagulation, and resuscitation after hemorrhagic shock are time dependent and diminish between days 0 and 5 after thaw. J of Trauma. 2010 Jul;69 Suppl 1:S55-63. PMID: 20622621
  • Pati S.*, Khakoo AY., Anderson SA., Reid W., Elshal MF., Rovira II, Nguyen AT., Malide D., Combs CA., Hall G., Zhang J., Raffeld M., Rogers TB., Stetler-Stevenson W., Franks JA., Reitz M., Finkel T. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells exert potent antitumorigenic effects in a model of Kaposi's Sarcoma. J. Exp. Med. 2006 May 15;203(5):1235-47. *Indicates Co-first author

Selected Awards

  • 2006- 2008 Vivian L. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow Award in Neurocognitive Disorders Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas, Houston, TX
  • 2007-2009 NIH LRP Award for Pediatric Research in TBI
  • 2009-2011 NIH LRP Award for Pediatric Research in Stem Cells and Injury
  • 2009-2011 Mission Connect Award (TIRR Foundation) for research in High Throughput Screening of Drugs for Motor Neuron Stem Cell Differentiation and Survival
  • 2010 Mission Connect (TIRR Foundation Award) for the study of the Immunomodulatory effects of MAPCs in TBI
  • 2011 Scott Murphy Guest Lectureship BEST/AABB San Diego
  • Assistant Professor, Scientific Director of Cellular Therapies Blood Systems Inc.
  • Laboratory Medicine

Specialty Areas

  • Stem cell therapeutics in trauma and critical care; Control of vascular leak in disease and mitigating endothelial damage; Novel resuscitative modalities; Storage lesion of fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and platelets.

Contact Information

  • Blood Systems Research Institute
  • 270 Masonic Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94118

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Other UCSF Organizational Association(s)

  • Blood Systems Research Institute
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