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University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago >> Education, Departments & Programs >> Departments >> Research >> Kathrin Banach PhD

Kathrin Banach, Ph.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Physiology in Medicine

Administrative Positions: Course Director, Stem Cell Course (PHYB530) and Seminars in Cardiovascular Science (PHYB590)

Division: Cardiology

Location: 840 S. Wood Street, CSB 1128 (MC 719), Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 996-5018 (Office) Fax: (312)413-2948



PhD, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland (1995)

Postdoctoral Researcher, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, USA (1996-1998)

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bern, Switzerland (1998-1999)

Faculty Positions:

Clinical Specialties

Internal Medicine - Cardiology Research

Research Interests

Selected Publications and Presentations

1. Banach K, Halbach MD, Hescheler J, Hu P and Egert U. Development of electrical activity in cardiac myocyte aggregates derived from mouse embryonic stem cells. Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. 284: H2114-H2123, 2003.

2. Halbach MD, Egert U, Hescheler J and Banach K. Estimation of action potential changes from field potential recordings in multicellular mouse cardiac myocyte cultures. Cell Physiol. Biochem. 13(5):271-284, 2003.

3. Jiao Z, De Jesus VR, Iravanian S, Campbell DP, Xu J, Vitali JA, Banach K, Fahrenbach J and Dudley SC, Jr. A possible mechanism of halocarbon-induced cardiac sensitization arrhythmias. J. Mol. Cell Cardiol. 41, 698-705, 2006.

4. Kapur N, Mignery G and Banach K. Cell Cycle Dependent Calcium Oscillations in Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells.  Am. J. Physiol. Cell Physiol. 292(4):C1510-C1518, 2007.

5. Kapur N and Banach K. Inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate-mediated spontaneous activity in mouse embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes. J. Physiol. 581, 1113-1127, 2007.

6. Shang LL, Pfahnl AE, Sanyal S, Jiao Z, Allen J, Banach K, Fahrenbach J, Weiss D, Taylor WR, Zafari AM and Dudley SC, Jr. Human Heart Failure Is Associated With Abnormal C-Terminal Splicing Variants in the Cardiac Sodium Channel. Circ. Res. 101(11):1146-54, 2007.

7. Fahrenbach J, Mejia-Alvarez R and Banach K. The Relevance of Non-Excitable Cells for Cardiac Pacemaker Function. J. Physiol. 585 :565-78, 2007.

8. Hofgaard JP, Banach K, Mollerup S, Jorgensen HK, Olesen SP, Holstein-Rathlou NH and Nielsen MS. Phosphatidylinositol-bisphosphate regulates intercellular coupling in cardiac myocytes. Pflugers Arch. 457, 303-313, 2008.

9. Fahrenbach JP, Ai X and Banach K. Decreased intercellular coupling improves the function of cardiac pacemakers derived from mouse embryonic stem cells. J. Mol. Cell Cardiol. 45, 642-649, 2008.

10. Rinne A, Banach K, and Blatter LA. Regulation of nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) in vascular endothelial cells. J. Mol. Cell Cardiol. 47(3):400-410, 2009.

11. Grajales L, Garcia J, Banach K, and Geenen DL. Delayed Enrichment of Mesenchymal Cells Promotes Cardiac Lineage and Calcium Transient Development. J. Mol. Cell Cardiol. 48:735-45, 2010.

12. Rinne A, Kapur N, Molkentin JD, Pogwizd SM, Bers DM, Banach K, and Blatter LA. Isoform- and tissue-specific regulation of the Ca2+-sensitive transcription factor NFAT in cardiac myocytes and in heart failure. Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. 298:H2001-9, 2010.

13. Desantiago J, Bare DJ, Semenov I, Minshall RD, Geenen DL, Wolska BM and Banach K. Excitation-contraction coupling in ventricular myocytes is enhanced by paracrine signaling from mesenchymal stem cells. J. Mol. Cell. Cardiol. 2012; 52:1249-56.

14. Mureli S, Gans CP, Geenen DL, Bare DJ and Banach K. Mesenchymal Stem Cells Induce Up-Regulation of Connexin 43 in Cardiomyocytes. AJP Heart Circ. Physiol. 304: H600-H609, 2013.

15. DeSantiago J, Bare DJ, Ke Y, Sheehan KA, Solaro RJ and Banach K. Functional integrity of the t-tubular system in cardiomyocytes depends on p21-activated kinase 1. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 60C:121-128, 2013.

16. Desantiago J, Bare DJ and Banach K. Protection from Ischemia Reperfusion Injury by Mitochondrial IK,ATP Activation Through Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Paracrine Factors. Stem Cell and Dev. 2013.