Gavin Schnitzler, PhD

Gavin Schnitzler, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine



BA, Biochemistry & Psychology, Swarthmore College
PhD, Biology, University of California, San Diego
Postdoctoral Training, University of California, San Diego; Harvard Medical School


Campus: Boston
Office: Tupper, 13th Floor
Laboratory: Tupper, 13th Floor

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-0615
Lab Phone: 617-636-0615
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Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Biochemistry, Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics


Research Synopsis

The relatively high levels of estrogen in pre-menopausal women are associated with a two-fold lower risk of cardiovascular disease relative to men. Our laboratory is studying the molecular mechanisms by which estrogen binding to the estrogen receptor alpha (ER alpha) transcription factor can promote vascular healing after injury and protect against cardiovascular disease. We use transgenic mouse and cell culture models, together with molecular biological, biochemical, genomic and bioinformatic approaches to examine how the effects of ER alpha on signal transduction pathways and chromatin structure modulate target gene expression to control inflammatory reactions and vascular cell functions.


Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research