Aguirre Lab

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Phone: 617-643-6177

My laboratory is both at the Center for Systems Biology at MGH and the Wellman Center for Photomedicine. We are also closely affiliated with the MGH Cardiovascular Research Center. We both develop and apply innovative molecular imaging and advanced microscopy technologies to investigate the pathophysiology of myocardial infarction, heart failure, and circulatory shock. We have pioneered the use of cardiac intravital microscopy to study the beating heart at cellular resolution in animal models and have explored multiple applications of this technology.


Example projects using in the lab currently include 1) investigation of the remodeling and regulation of the coronary microcirculation in heart failure and 2) mapping of cardiac arrhythmia at the cellular scale using intravital microscopy. In addition, our laboratory studies acute decompensated heart failure and shock in human patients using data from the cardiac intensive care units at the MGH. We work in collaboration with investigators at the MGH Clinical Data Animation Center and at MIT on projects aimed at developing novel clinical diagnostics and predictive analytics for circulatory shock and cardiac arrest. Our work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and CRICO.


Recent Publications

  • Nahrendorf M, Hoyer FF, Meerwaldt AE, van Leent MMT, Senders ML, Calcagno C, Robson PM, Soultanidis G, PĂ©rez-Medina C, Teunissen AJP, Toner YC, Ishikawa K, Fish K, Sakurai K, van Leeuwen EM, Klein ED, Sofias AM, Reiner T, Rohde D, Aguirre AD, Wojtkiewicz G, Schmidt S, Iwamoto Y, Izquierdo-Garcia D, Caravan P, Swirski FK, Weissleder R, Mulder WJM Imaging Cardiovascular and Lung Macrophages With the Positron Emission Tomography Sensor <sup>64</sup>Cu-Macrin in Mice, Rabbits, and Pigs. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2020;13(10):e010586 - PMID: 33076700 - DOI: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.120.010586

  • Calcagno DM, Ng RP, Toomu A, Zhang C, Huang K, Aguirre AD, Weissleder R, Daniels LB, Fu Z, King KR Type I interferon responses to ischemic injury begin in the bone marrow of mice and humans and depend on Tet2, Nrf2, and Irf3. Sci Immunol. 2020;:ePub - PMID: 32978242 - DOI: 10.1126/sciimmunol.aaz1974

  • Foy BH, Carlson JCT, Reinertsen E, Padros I Valls R, Pallares Lopez R, Palanques-Tost E, Mow C, Westover MB, Aguirre AD, Higgins JM Association of Red Blood Cell Distribution Width With Mortality Risk in Hospitalized Adults With SARS-CoV-2 Infection. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(9):e2022058 - PMID: 32965501 - PMCID: PMC7512057 - DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.22058

  • Foy BH, Carlson JCT, Reinertsen E, Padros Valls R, Pallares Lopez R, Palanques-Tost E, Mow C, Westover MB, Aguirre AD, Higgins JM Elevated RDW is Associated with Increased Mortality Risk in COVID-19. medRxiv. 2020;:ePub - DOI: 10.1101/2020.05.05.20091702

  • Wang C, Keliher E, Zeller MWG, Wojtkiewicz GR, Aguirre AD, Buckbinder L, Kim HY, Chen J, Maresca K, Ahmed MS, Motlagh NJ, Nahrendorf M, Chen JW An activatable PET imaging radioprobe is a dynamic reporter of myeloperoxidase activity in vivo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(24):11966-11971 - PMID: 31123149 - PMCID: PMC6575581 - DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1818434116

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