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Lisa M. Harrison-Bernard, PhD, FAPS, FAHA, FASN

Professor of Physiology and Nursing
Director:  LSUHSC-New Orleans Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in Biomedical Sciences

1901 Perdido Street
Box P7-3, Room 7213
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-6175
Fax: (504) 568-6158



PhD - 1990
Tulane University


Diabetes affects 29 million Americans and is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Diabetic nephropathy is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide. This chronic and debilitating disease is characterized by progressive proteinuria, declining glomerular filtration rate, and increased risk for cardiovascular disease.  

Our research focuses on how the effects of two important hormonal systems, renin-angiotensin and endothelin, contribute to the failure of normal kidney blood vessel function and lead to the development and progression of kidney disease in type II diabetic patients. The research is focused on determining the role of intrarenal production of angiotensin and endothelin-1 via chymase-dependent pathways to the microvascular and glomerular dysfunction contributing to the progression of diabetic kidney disease.   Most important, blocking the actions of a specific enzyme, chymase, may provide a new therapeutic drug target to reduce the influence of these hormonal systems on diabetic kidney disease.  Our research utilizes the highly clinically relevant obese type II diabetic db/db mouse which exhibits many of the principal features of human diabetic nephropathy.

Research Interests

Renal Physiology
Renal Microvasculature – Afferent and Efferent Arteriolar Function
Renal Renin-Angiotensin System
Renin-Angiotensin System in Type II Diabetic Renal Disease:
      Effects on Renal Microvascular Function, Proteinuria, and Fibrosis
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme-Independent Pathways for
      Angiotensin II Formation
Importance of Renal Chymase, Angiotensin Converting Enzyme,
      and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 in Angiotensin II Levels
Interaction of Angiotensin II and Nitric Oxide in Renal
      Microvascular Function
Angiotensin II Regulation of the Renal Microcirculation
Mechanisms of Renal Blood Flow Autoregulation
Role of the Renin-Angiotensin System in Blood Pressure Regulation
Renal Angiotensin Receptor Regulation

Teaching Activities

Teaching Expertise: Present: Renal Physiology to Medical, Graduate, Dental, Allied Health, and Undergraduate Nursing Students; Cardiovascular Physiology to Undergraduate Nursing Students

Course Directorship: 2008 - 2013: DHY 3202 - Dental Hygiene General and Oral Physiology
2016 - 2018: HLSC 2410 - Nursing Human Physiology Course

Co-Directorship: 2014 - 2016, 2019-Present: HLSC 2410 - Nursing Human Physiology

Selected Publications

Harrison-Bernard LM, Naljayan M, Eason J, Gunaldo T.  Effectiveness of interprofessional education in renal physiology curricula for health sciences graduate students. Adv Physiol Educ. 2017 Dec 1;41(4):594-598. doi: 10.1152/advan.00120.2017. PMID: 29138217

Poret JM, Souza-Smith F, Marcell SJ, Gaudet DA, Tzeng TH, Braymer HD, Harrison-Bernard LM, Primeaux SD.  High fat diet consumption differentially affects adipose tissue inflammation and adipocyte size in obesity-prone and obesity-resistant rats. Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 Nov 20. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.280. PMID: 29151595

Park S, Bivona BJ, Harrison-Bernard LM.  Lack of contribution of nitric oxide synthase to cholinergic vasodilation in murine renal afferent arterioles.  Am. J. Physiol.Renal Physiol. 2018 Feb 7. doi: 10.1152/ajprenal.00433.2017. PMID: 29412691

Harrison-Bernard LM. Sphingolipids, new kids on the block, promoting glomerular fibrosis in the diabetic kidney. Editorial Focus for Am J Physiol Renal Physiol.  309: F685-F686, 2015. PMID: 26155845

Park S, Bivona BJ, Ford S, Xu S, Kobori H, de Garavilla L, Harrison-Bernard LM.  Direct evidence for intrarenal chymase-dependent angiotensin II formation on the diabetic renal microvasculature. Hypertension 61(2):465-471, 2013. PMID:23213190

Herrera M, Sparks MA, Pecchio ARA, Harrison-Bernard LM, Coffman TM. Lack of specificity of commercial antibodies leads to misidentification of angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1R) protein. Hypertension 61(1):253-258, 2013. PMID 23150519

Beierwaltes WH, Harrison-Bernard LM, Sullivan JC, Mattson DL. Assessment of renal function; clearance, the renal microcirculation, renal blood flow, and metabolic balance. Comprehensive Physiology. Renal Physiology. Editors: DM Pollock and J Garvin., http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cphy.c120008/full. January 1, 2013. DOI: 10.1002/ cphy.c120008

Kobori H, Kamiyama M, Harrison-Bernard LM, Navar LG.  Cardinal role of the activated intrarenal renin-angiotensin system in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy. J Investig Med. 61(2):256-264, 2013. PMID: 23266706

Kobori H, Harrison-Bernard LM, Navar LG.  Role of activated renin-angiotensin system in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy.  “Advances in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy" NovaScience Publishers, New York. Sharma S Prabhakar, MD (Editor) 161-197, 2012

Prieto MC, Das S, Somanna NK, Harrison-Bernard LM, Navar LG, Pandey KN.  Disruption of Npr1 gene differentially regulates the juxtaglomerular and distal tubular renin levels in null mutant mice.  Int J Physiol Pathophysiol Pharmacol 4(3):128-39, 2012. PMID: 23071870

Harrison-Bernard LM,Chappell MC.  Unraveling the glomerular RAS - one peptidase at a time. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol; 303 (3): F373-F374, 2012. PMID: 22573374

Harrison-Bernard LM. Trapping intracellular ANG II to the proximal tubule: Powerful in vivo effects on sodium handling and blood pressure. Editorial Focus for Am J Physiol Renal Physiol, ajprenal.00115.2011; published ahead of print March 2, 2011, doi:10.1152/ajprenal.00115.2011.

Editorial Commentary in AJP Renal

Bivona BJ, Park S, Harrison-Bernard LM. Glomerular filtration rate determinations in conscious type II diabetic mice. Am J PhysiolRenal Physiol 300:F618-F625, 2011.PMID: 21147841

Park S, Bivona BJ, Kobori H, Seth DM, Chappell MC, Lazartigues E, Harrison-Bernard LM., Major role for ACE-independent intrarenal ANG II formation in type II diabetes., Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 298:F37-F48, 2010. This publication was selected as the 2010 American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology Paper of the Year

Related Editorial Focus. Lorenz JN., Chymase: The other ACE?, Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 298:F35-F36, 2010.

Harrison-Bernard LM., The renal renin-angiotensin system., Advan Physiol Edu 33: 270-274, 2009.


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