Ibra S. Fancher

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.


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


  • KAAP 220 – Fundamentals of Anatomoy & Physiology I

Ibra S. Fancher, PhD
Assistant Professor

223 Ammon Pinizzotto
Biopharmaceutical Innovation Center

Applied Physiology PhD Faculty Advisor
Vascular Ion Channel Research Laboratory