Dr. Khalid El Saafien, Ph.D.

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“My research interest is in the control the brain exerts over the cardiovascular system. To develop effective therapeutics against cardiovascular disease, it is essential to understand the control the brain exerts over the cardiovascular system”https://pharmacy.ufl.edu/profile/el-saafien-khalid/

Khalid El Saafien earned his Ph.D., in Neuroscience from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. There he investigated the interplay between the autonomic nervous system and the immune system in the regulation of cardiovascular physiology. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he moved to Gainesville in the fall of 2019 to join the Department of Pharmacodynamics, College of Pharmacy as a Postdoctoral Associate.

His research focuses on probing neural circuitry controlling and regulating blood pressure in cardiovascular disease. His research utilizes an integrative state-of-the-art approach that combines Cre-LoxP technology, virally-mediated gene transfer, in vivo optogenetics, in vivo calcium imagining, cardiovascular physiology, and pharmacology to decipher neural circuity involved in the moment-to-moment control and regulation of blood pressure and cardiovascular physiology.