School of Medicine

Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Juan Gao, MD

Gao Juan
Position Assistant Professor-Research
Lab MEB 5230



(504) 568-4780


MD. Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China (2007)

MS. Physiology Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China (2010)

MS. Clinical Research, Tulane University, New Orleans (2019)


American Heart Association

American Physiological Society

Research Interests

Identify new treatments for Polycystic kidney disease

Neuronal control of hypertension and heart failure

The role of renal nerve on regulation of kidney inflammation in renal diseases

Teaching Activities

2017-present    Nursing Pharmacology. Anti-hypertensives, Local Anesthetics. Lecturer.

2014   Physiology289, Modern Breakthroughs in Biomedical Sciences: A Focus on New Techniques and Technologies. Radio Frequency and Blood Pressure. Lecturer.

2008-2010   Experimental Physiology. Nanjing Medical University, China. Lecturer.

Awards and Honors

Department of Defense, Discovery Award, 2022

Research Enhancement Fund, LSUHSC, 2020

LA-CaTS Roadmap Scholar, 2017

Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award for Meritorious Research, The American Physiological Society, 2015

APS Water & Electrolyte Section & AJP: Regulatory, Integrative, and Comparative Trainee Best Abstract Award, The American Physiological Society, 2014

Postdoctoral Research with Distinction Awardee, The American Physiological Society, 2014

The first place of poster competition in The Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Cardiology & American Society of Hypertension Gulf Central Chapter Joint meeting, 2013

The first place of poster competition in postdoctoral category in Louisiana State University Research Day, 2012

Selected Publications  
  1. Meariman J, Sutphen J, Gao J, Kapusta DR. Difelikefalin, a peripherally restricted KOR (kappa opioid receptor) agonist, produces diuresis through a central KOR pathway. Pharmacological Research. 2022 (185): 106470.
  2. Meariman J, Sutphen J, Gao J, Kapusta DR. Nalfurafine combined with standard-of-care diuretics enhances diuresis and limits electrolyte losses. Hypertension. 2022 Feb;79(2):379-390.
  3. Denys IB, Gao J, Sutphen JC, Zaveri NT, Kapusta DR. Cardiovascular and renal effects of novel non-peptide nociception opioid peptide (NOP) receptor agonists. Br. J. Pharmacology, 2022 Jan;179(2):287-300.
  4. Zeng C, Wen H, Ettefagh AH, Zhang B, Gao J, Haghshenas, Raush JR, Guo S. Laser nitriding of titanium surfaces for biomedical applications. Surface & Coating Technology. 2020; 385: 125397.
  5. Complete atrioventricular block due to timolol eye drops: a case report and literature review. Wang Z, Denys I, Chen F, Cai L, Wang X, Kapusta DR, Lv Y, Gao J. BMC Pharmacol Toxicol. 2019, 20 (73):1-4.
  6. Gao J, Denys I, Shahien A, Sutphen J, Kapusta DR. Down-regulation of Brain Gα12 attenuates Angiotensin II Dependent Hypertension. Am J Hypentens. 2020 22 (2):198-204.
  7. Wen H, Zeng C, Ettefagh AH, Gao J, Guo S. Laser surface treatment of Ti-10Mo alloy under Ar and N2 environment for biomedical application. J Laser Appl. 2019, 31, 022012.
  8. Polhemus DJ, Trivedi RK, Gao J, Li Z, Scarborough AL, Goodchild TT, Varner KJ, Xia H, Smart FW, Kapusta DR, Lefer DJ. Renal Sympathetic Denervation Protects the Failing Heart Via Inhibition of Neprilysin Activity in the Kidney. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2017 24;70 (17):2139-2153.
  9. Gao J, Kerut EK, Smart F, Katsurada A, Seth D, Navar LG, Kapusta DK. Sympathoinhibitory Effect of Radiofrequency Renal Denervation in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats with Established Hypertension. American Journal of Hypertension. Am J Hypertens. (2016) 29 (12): 1394-1401.
  10. Polhemus DJ, Gao J, Scarborough A, Trivedi RK, McDonough KH, Goodchild TT, Smart F, Kapusta DR, Lefer DJ. Radiofrequency Renal Denervation Protects the Ischemic Heart via Inhibition of GRK2 and Increased Nitric Oxide Signaling. Circ Res. 2016; 119:470-480.

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