Kurt J. Varner, Ph.D.

Lederle Laboratories/David R. Bethune
Professor of Pharmacology
and Head of the Department
of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

LSU Health Sciences Center
1901 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-4742
Fax: (504) 568-2361



Ph.D. - 1987
Michigan State

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Oxidative stress
Drugs of abuse
Airborne particulates

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

Faculty for The NRSA Training Program

Selected Publications

Souza-Smith, F.M., Katz, P.S., Trask, A.J., Stewart, J.A. Jr, Lord, K.C., Varner, K.J., Vassallo, D.V., Lucchesi, P.A. Mesenteric resistance arteries in type 2 diabetic db/db mice undergo outward remodeling. PLoS One. 6(8):e23337, 2011.  PMC3150429.

Feng, Y., Hans C.P., McIlwain E., Seth D., Navar L.G., Varner K.J. and Lazartigues E. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 over expression in the central nervous system reduces angiotensin-II-mediated-cardiac hypertrophy. PLoS One, 7(11) e48910, 2012.  PMC3498357

Mahne, S., Chuang, G.C., Pankey, E., Kiruri, L., Kadowitz, P.J., Dellinger, B. and Varner, K.J.  Environmentally persistent free radicals decrease cardiac function and increase pulmonary artery pressure.  Am. J. Physiol. Heart and Circ. Phys. 303: H1135-1142, 2012. PMC3517644.

Varner, K.J., Daigle, K., Weed, P.F., Lewis, P.B., Mahne, S.E., Sankaranarayanan, A. and Winsauer, P.J.  Comparison of the behavioral and cardiovascular effects of mephedrone with other drugs of abuse in rats.  Psychopharm 225:675-685, 2012.  PMC3538107.

Kelley, M., Hebert, V., Thibeaux, T., Orchard, M., Hasan, F., Cormier, S.A., Thevenot, P., Lomnicki, S., Varner, K., Dellinger, B. and Dugas T. Model combustion generated particulate matter containing persistent free radicals redox cycle to produce reactive oxygen species. Chemical Research in Toxicology 26:1862‐71. 2013. PMC4112599

Lomnicki, S., Gullett, B., Stroger, T., Kennedy, I, Diaz, J., Dugas, T.R., Varner, K.J., Carlin, D., Dellinger, B., and Cormier, S.A. Combustion b products and their health effects – Combustion engineering and global health in the 21st century: issues and challenges. Inter. J. Tox. 33:3-13, 2014.

Burn, B. and Varner, K.J. Environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs) compromise left ventricular function during ischemia/reperfusion injury. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 308:H998-H1006, 2015. PMC4551132.