Edward Plow, Ph.D.

Department Chair
The Robert C. Tarazi, MD, Endowed Chair in Heart and Hypertension Research

Lerner Research Institute
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Phone: (216) 445-8200
Fax: (216) 445-8204

Integrins are a large and broadly distributed family of adhesion receptors. Each member is a noncovalent heterodimer composed of an alpha and a beta subunit. The key to the many functions of integrins is their capacity to rapidly modulate their affinity for ligands, to recognize multiple and structurally unrelated ligands, to engage these ligands in a divalention-dependent manner, and mediate intracellular signaling events. Development of a molecular understanding of these central properties of integrins is a major goal of the laboratory. Mutagenesis, expression, biophysical, immunochemical and functional analyses are employed in our studies. Integrins of particular interest are alphaMbeta2, which plays a pivotal role in leukocyte responses during inflammation, and alphaIIbbeta3, which mediates platelet aggregation. Plasminogen is the precursor of the proteolytic enzyme plasmin. In addition to its central role in fibrinolysis, plasmin(ogen) is also involved in cell migration, a function that depends on plasminogen receptors on the surfaces of cells. Ex vivo and in vivo analyses are being performed to determine the roles of plasminogen and its receptors in inflammatory responses.

Kasia  Bialkowska  Ph.D.
Kasia Bialkowska Ph.D.
Project Staff
Phone:(216) 445-8211
Mitali  Das  Ph.D.
Mitali Das Ph.D.
Research Associate
Phone:(216) 445-8211
Lahoucine  Izem  PhD
Lahoucine Izem PhD
Research Associate
Phone:(216) 444-8211
Huiqin  Nie
Huiqin Nie
Research Technologist
Phone:(216) 445-8212
Elzbieta  Pluskota  Ph.D.
Elzbieta Pluskota Ph.D.
Project Staff
Phone:(216) 444-3343
Dmitry  Solovjov  Ph.D.
Dmitry Solovjov Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Phone:(216) 444-3343
Khalid  Sossey-Alaoui  Ph.D.
Khalid Sossey-Alaoui Ph.D.
Project Staff
Phone:(216) 444-4314
Dorota  Szpak
Dorota Szpak
Research Technologist
Phone:(216) 445-8211
Rajani  Tendulkar  B.S., M.H.A.
Rajani Tendulkar B.S., M.H.A.
Administrative Director – Clinical and Translational Sciences
Phone:(216) 444-0251
Dmitriy  Verbovetskiy
Dmitriy Verbovetskiy
Research Technician
Phone:(216) 445-8211


  1. Das R, Ganapathy S, Settle M, Plow EF. Plasminogen promotes macrophage phagocytosis in mice. Blood. 2014 Jul 31;124(5):679-88. PMCID: PMC4118484
  2. Sossey-Alaoui K, Pluskota E, Davuluri G, Bialkowska K, Das M, Szpak D, Lindner DJ, Downs-Kelly E, Thompson CL, Plow EF. Kindlin-3 enhances breast cancer progression and metastasis by activating Twist-mediated angiogenesis. FASEB J. 2014 May;28(5):2260-71. PMCID: PMC3986835
  3. Pluskota E, Ma Y, Bledzka KM, Bialkowska K, Soloviev DA, Szpak D, Podrez EA, Fox PL, Hazen SL, Dowling JJ, Ma YQ, Plow EF. Kindlin-2 regulates hemostasis by controlling endothelial cell-surface expression of ADP/AMP catabolic enzymes via a clathrin-dependent mechanism. Blood. 2013 Oct 3;122(14):2491-9. PMCID: PMC3790514
  4. Bledzka K, Smyth SS, Plow EF. Integrin αIIbβ3: from discovery to efficacious therapeutic target. Circ Res. 2013 Apr 12;112(8):1189-200. PMCID: PMC3711133
  5. Das R, Ganapathy S, Mahabeleshwar GH, Drumm C, Febbraio M, Jain MK, Plow EF. Macrophage gene expression and foam cell formation are regulated by plasminogen. Circulation. 2013 Mar 19;127(11):1209-18, e1-16. PMCID: PMC3638243