Shaun R. Coughlin, MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Coughlin directs the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also holds professorships in Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology. He is an expert in the field of vascular biology and has led the burgeoning field of thrombogenesis. Among his contributions, Dr. Coughlin has identified a new family of protease-activated receptors that are involved in a number of biological processes and have important implications for the development of novel treatments for atherosclerosis and pathologic events, including heart attacks and many strokes. His discoveries have led to a greater understanding of how platelets and clot formation are regulated, and how signals that control inflammation of blood vessels are transmitted. Dr. Coughlin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.