Ibra S. Fancher

Ibra S. Fancher, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office Location:
223 Ammon Pinizzotto, Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center

Research Interests

Cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension impair vascular function prior to more severe and life threatening disease states (e.g. atherosclerosis), likely through distinct mechanisms. My laboratory focuses on identifying mechanisms underlying impairment of vascular function associated with cardiovascular risk factors with an interest in smooth muscle and endothelial ion channels, critical regulators of vascular tone that are sensitive to a multitude of vasoactive stimuli. Our long term goal is to identify novel targets in afflicted cellular and molecular pathways in order to improve vascular dysfunction as a means to prevent more severe disease states.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL – Department of Medicine; Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy, Department of Physical Therapy
  • PhD Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University, 2014
  • BS Biology, Saint Vincent College



  • KAAP 220 – Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I


  • Director, Vascular Ion Channel Research Laboratory
  • Member, American Physiological Society
  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Member, Microcirculatory Society