Raymond B. Runyan, PhD

Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Research Scientist, Sarver Heart Center
Investigator, Center for Toxicology
Professor, Physiological Sciences GIDP
Research Interests: 

Research in my laboratory centers on the biological process of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT). Valve formation the embryonic heart begins with a localized EMT that produces the progenitors of valve cells. EMT is also a component of cancer metastasis. Recent work focuses on novel regulators of EMT found in embryo and tumor tissues.

Molecular Medicine Grad Program: 



Iwanski, J., S. M. Knapp, R. Avery, I. Oliva, R. K. Wong, R. B. Runyan, and Z. Khalpey, "Clinical outcomes meta-analysis: measuring subendocardial perfusion and efficacy of transmyocardial laser revascularization with nuclear imaging.", J Cardiothorac Surg, vol. 12, issue 1, pp. 37, 2017 May 19. PMCID: PMC5438520  PMID: 28526044


Yang, H., T. K. Borg, Z. Ma, M. Xu, G. Wetzel, L. V. Saraf, R. Markwald, R. B. Runyan, and B. Z. Gao, "Biochip-based study of unidirectional mitochondrial transfer from stem cells to myocytes via tunneling nanotubes.", Biofabrication, vol. 8, issue 1, pp. 015012, 2016 Mar. PMID: 26844857
Iwanski, J., R. K. Wong, D. F. Larson, A. S. Ferng, R. B. Runyan, S. Goldstein, and Z. Khalpey, "Remodeling an infarcted heart: novel hybrid treatment with transmyocardial revascularization and stem cell therapy.", Springerplus, vol. 5, issue 1, pp. 738, 2016. PMCID: PMC4909685  PMID: 27376006


Lencinas, A., D. C. Chhun, K. P. Dan, K. D. Ross, E. A. Hoover, P. B. Antin, and R. B. Runyan, "Olfactomedin-1 activity identifies a cell invasion checkpoint during epithelial-mesenchymal transition in the chick embryonic heart.", Dis Model Mech, vol. 6, issue 3, pp. 632-42, 2013 May. PMCID: PMC3634647  PMID: 23264563
Makwana, O., L. Ahles, A. Lencinas, O. I. Selmin, and R. B. Runyan, "Low-dose trichloroethylene alters cytochrome P450-2C subfamily expression in the developing chick heart.", Cardiovasc Toxicol, vol. 13, issue 1, pp. 77-84, 2013 Mar. PMCID: PMC3927724  PMID: 22855351


Doyle, S. E., M. J. Scholz, K. A. Greer, A. D. Hubbard, D. K. Darnell, P. B. Antin, S. E. Klewer, and R. B. Runyan, "Latrophilin-2 is a novel component of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition within the atrioventricular canal of the embryonic chicken heart.", Dev Dyn, vol. 235, issue 12, pp. 3213-21, 2006 Dec. PMID: 17016846


Brown, C. B., A. S. Boyer, R. B. Runyan, and J. V. Barnett, "Requirement of type III TGF-beta receptor for endocardial cell transformation in the heart.", Science, vol. 283, issue 5410, pp. 2080-2, 1999 Mar 26. PMID: 10092230