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Narine Sarvazyan

Narine Sarvazyan

Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology

Office Phone: 202-994-0626
Department: Pharmacology & Physiology


  • BS, Moscow State University, 1983
  • MS, Moscow State University, 1986
  • PhD, National Academy of Science of Armenia, 1991


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PHYS 201 Medical Physiology (Course Director & Instructor)
BMSC 8212 Developmental Cell Biology and Systems Physiology (Course Co-Director & Instructor)
PHARM 201 Medical Pharmacology (Instructor)
PHYS 6211 Physiology for Health Sciences Students (Instructor)
PHARM 6207 Pharmacology for Health Sciences Students (Instructor)
PHAR 190 Pharmacogenomics (Instructor)


My current research interests include stem cell graft induced arrhythmias, cellular origins of ectopic beats, cardiotoxicity of plasticizers and live visualization of radiofrequency ablation lesions.

Centers and Institutes

GW Institute for Biomedical Sciences


  • Pharmaceutical Sciences


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

hESC-Derived Cardiomyocytes Electrically Couple and Suppress Arrhythmias in Injured Hearts. Shiba Y, Fernandes S, Zhu W-Z, Filice D, Muskheli V, Kim J, Palpant NJ, Gantz J, Moyes KW, Reinecke H, Van Biber B, Dardas T, Mignone JL, Izawa A, Hanna R, Viswanathan M, Gold JD, Kotlikoff MI, Sarvazyan N, Kay KW, Murry CE, Laflamme MA. Nature (in press).

Mercader M, Swift LM, Sood S, Asfour H, Kay MW, Sarvazyan N. Use of endogenous NADH fluorescence for real-time in situ visualization of epicardial radiofrequency ablation lesions and gaps. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2012, Mar 9, Epub ahead of print.

Biktashev VN, Biktasheva IV, Sarvazyan N. Evolution of spiral and scroll waves of excitation in a mathematical model of ischaemic border zone. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e24388.

Karabekian Z, Posnack NG, Sarvazyan N. Immunological barriers to stem-cell based cardiac repair. Stem Cell Rev. 2011;7(2):315-25.

Posnack NG, Lee NH, Brown R, Sarvazyan N. Gene expression profiling of DEHP-treated cardiomyocytes reveals potential causes of phthalate arrhythmogenicity. Toxicology. 2011 Jan 11;279(1-3):54-64.

Gillum N, Karabekian Z, Swift LM, Brown RP, Kay MW, Sarvazyan N. Clinically relevant concentrations of di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) uncouple cardiac syncytium. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2009;236(1):25-38.

Karabekian Z, Gillum ND, Wong EW, Sarvazyan N. Effects of N-cadherin overexpression on the adhesion properties of embryonic stem cells. Cell Adh Migr. 2009;3(3):305-10.

Kay M, Swift L, Martell B, Arutunyan A, Sarvazyan N. Locations of ectopic beats coincide with spatial gradients of NADH in a regional model of low-flow reperfusion. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008;294(5):H2400-5.

Biktashev VN, Arutunyan A, Sarvazyan N. Generation and escape of local waves from the boundary of uncoupled cardiac tissue. Biophys J. 2008;94(9):3726-38.

Gianni L, Herman EH, Lipshultz SE, Minotti G, Sarvazyan N, Sawyer DB. Anthracycline cardiotoxicity: from bench to bedside. J Clin Oncol. 2008;26(22):3777-84.

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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