Core Faculty

Tohru Fukai, PhD.

Masuko Ushio-Fukai, Ph.D., FAHA

Department of Medicine, Cardiology

Director of the Redox Signaling Program


Contact Info

Phone: (706) 721-9728
Fax: (706) 721-9799
Office: CB 3212A
Lab: CB-3201B

Education and Training

Postdoctoral Training
Emory University
Atlanta , GA.

Kyushu University
Fukuoka, Japan

Kyushu University
Fukuoka, Japan

Kyushu University
Fukuoka, Japan

Honors and Awards

  • 1998    Young Investigators Travel Awards-Vascular Biology meeting
  • 1998    Young Investigators Awards Finalists-Vascular Biology meeting
  • 1999    Invited Speaker at Featured Research Session, AHA
  • 2001    Invited Speaker- Gordon Conference “Nitric Oxide”
  • 2001    Invited Speaker- Gordon Conference “Angiotensin II”
  • 2002    Session Chair- American Heart Association
  • 2004    Session Chair- The 51st Japanese Circulation Society
  • 2004    Keynote Speaker- The 51st Japanese Circulation Society at Featured Research Session
  • 2005    Session Chair- American Heart Association, George L. Duff Memorial Lecture
  • 2005    Fellow American Heart Association, High Blood Pressure Research Council
  • 2005    Professional Member, American Heart Association
  • 2006    Invited Speaker- Experimental Biology Meeting
  • 2006    Plenary Lecturer- Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine Meeting (SFRBM)
  • 2007    Invited Speaker- The 13th World Congress on Heart Diseases, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2007    Invited Lecturer- The 15th Japanese Vascular Biology and Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2008    Keynote Speaker- The 13th Angiotensin II Conference, Osaka, Japan.
  • 2008    Keynote Speaker- The 72nd Japanese Circulation Society, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 2008    Invited Speaker- Gordon Conference "Nox Family NADPH Oxidases, New London, NH
  • 2008    Keynote Speaker- The Kanagawa Cardiology Forum, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 2009    Session Organizer and Chair- Experimental Biology 2009, New Orleans, LA
  • 2009    Invited Speaker, Experimental Biology 2009, New Orleans, LA
  • 2010    Invited Speaker, Second International Conference “Regenerative Surgery” Rome, Italy
  • 2011    Invited Speaker, Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine Symposium 2011
  • 2012    Invited Speaker, Gordon Conference “Thiol-based Redox Regulation and Signaling”, in Maine
  • 2012    Session Chair, American Heart Association, LA
  • 2013    Invited Speaker- The 18th World Congress on Heart Diseases, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2013    Invited Speaker- American Heart Association 2013, Dallas
  • 2014    Invited Speaker- PanAm Congress at Iguass Falls, Brazil
  • 2014    Invited Speaker- The 3rd Joint Meeting of the German Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Biology and the Swiss Society for Microcirculation and Vascular Research, Muenster in Germany

  • 2014    Session Chair- AHA (Redox Regulation in Inflammation and Atherosclerosis), Chicago, IL

  • 2015    Session Chair- AHA (Redox Regulation in Thrombosis and Inflammation), Orland, FL

  • 2015    Session Chair- AHA (Biomechanical Stress in Atherosclerosis), Orland, FL


National Service

2007 AHA Scientific Sessions Abstract Grading Committee
2007 Scientific Advisory Boards, International Academy of Cardiology and of the World.  Congress on Heart Disease.
2015  Awards Committee, International Academy of Cardiology

Grant Review

2006-2006 AHA Southern/Ohio Valley Research Study Section Peer Review Committee
2006    NIH Adhoc Study Section-VCMB (vascular cell molecular biology)
2007-2010 AHA Study Section - Molecular Signaling 2
2009    NIH Adhoc Study Section- Special Emphasis Panel (SEP)
2011    AHA Study Section- Vascular Wall Biology BSc2
2012 NIH Study Section-ZRG1 VH-D03 June 25-46; Dec3-4
2013 NIH Study Section-ZRG1 VH-D03 April 1-2; Dec 12-13
  NIH Study Section-ZRG2 VH-C80 Nov 26
2016 AHA Study Section Co-Chair- Vascular Wall Biology BSc2
  NIH Adhoc Study Section-VCMB Oct 24-25
2017    NIH Study Section Charter Member, VCMB 7/1/2017 to 6/30/2023


2010 Academic Editor- PLOS One
2017 Editor- Antioxidant

 Editorial Board

2005 Editorial Board- Circulation Research
2006-2008 Editorial Board- Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis Vascular Biology
2010 Editorial Board- Free Radicals and Antioxidants
2011 Editorial Board, Molecular Biology of Chemistry
  Editorial Board, Current Angiogenesis
2012 Editorial Board, Frontiers in Oxidant Physiology
2013 Editorial Board, Cell Biology, Science PG
  Editorial Board, Advances in Vascular Medicine
2014 Editorial Board, Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
2015 Editorial Board, Internal Heart journal
2016 Editorial Board, Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine
  Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (JMCC)

 Journal Reviewer

2000 Biochim Biophys Acta
  Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
2001 Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis Vascular Biology
  American Journal of Physiology
  American Journal of Nephrology
  Journal of Biological Chemistry
2003 Circulation Research
  Kidney International
  Antioxidant & Redox Signaling
 2004 Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
  Laboratory Investigation
 2005 Circulation
  Life Sciences
  British Journal of Pharmacology
  Cell Biochem Biophys
 2006 Free Radical Biology & Medicine
  Biochemical Pharmacology
  Pharmacological Research
  Cardiovascular Research
  Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
 2007 Cell Proliferation
  Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)
 2008 Experimental Cell Research
  Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
  Free Radical Research
  Naunyn-Schmiedeberg Archives of Pharmacology
 2009  PLoS ONE
 2010  Nature Chemical Biology
  Science Signaling
2012 Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
    Journal of Cell Science
   Nature Communication
   Stem Cells
 2013  Journal of Translational Medicine
   Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
 2015  FASEB Journal
   Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
   Scientific Report
 2017  Redox Biology
   Redox Report
   Clinical Science
   Vascular Pharmacology

Scholarship Review

2007    Erwin Schroedinger Program Grant Review Committee
2008    International Advisory Board for European Concerted Grant for Oxidative Stress and Cardiovascular Diseases
2009    Diabetes UK Grant Review Committee
  Alberta Heritage Foundation Grant Review Committee
2012    Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research Grant Review Committee
2014    Life Sciences & Medicine Israel Science Foundation Grant Review Committee
  Research Foundation Flanders – FWO Grant Review Committee
2017    FWF Austrian Science Fund Review Committee