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Gavin Schnitzler, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor
Molecular Cardiology Research Center

Tufts Medical Center

800 Washington Street, Box 080

Boston, MA 02111


Gavin Shnitzler

Dr. Schnitzler is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Investigator in the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute. Dr. Schnitzler received a B.A. in Biochemistry and in Psychology from Swarthmore College in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Biology from U.C. San Diego in 1993. Dr. Schnitzler completed his post-doctoral training, as a Helen Hay Whitney fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Kingston at Mass. General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, in 1999. Dr. Schnitzler began his independent studies in the Biochemistry Department at TUSM, and moved to the MCRI in 2009.


Dr. Schnitzler’s 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. His laboratory uses 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.