U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Alan Schechter
 

 Contact Info

 
Tel: 301-496-5408
Email: aschecht@helix.nih.gov
 

 Select Experience

 
  • Special Research FellowNIAMS, NIH1967-1969
  • Research AssociateNIAMS, NIH1965-1967
  • ResidentAlbert Einstein Medical College1963-1965
  • M.D.Columbia University1963
  • B.A.Cornell University1959
 

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    Specialties
    • Molecular Biology/Biochemistry
    • Molecular Pharmacology/Toxicology

    Research in Plain Language

    Our lab focuses on how nitric oxide (NO), an important cellular signaling molecule involved in many normal and disease-related processes, interacts with hemoglobin, a protein in the blood that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.  We want to understand how NO may be transported by blood and possibly be used as a pharmacological agent to help deliver treatment.  Using NO in this way may contribute to development of therapies for a variety of diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, in which oxygen transport or other aspects of blood flow are impaired.  We are also studying the role of NO as a signaling messenger within or between cells and how the nitrite/NO pathway affects blood clotting.