Kim Ramil Montaniel

Kim Ramil Montaniel

Hi, my name is Kim and I grew up in the small city of Meycauayan in the Philippine Islands.  I finished my Bachelor's in Biology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2012. I am very interested in the areas of vascular and neuropharmacology. I love figuring out molecular mechanisms, testing them in the laboratory and elucidating how variations in them contribute to pathological phenotypes.

I came to Vanderbilt for a variety of reasons. First, the Pharmacology Department here is very strong. The graduate program has a very strong history of producing graduates that are current leaders in the field. The department also has a very strong commitment to graduate education which is why it is ranked in the top 3 in the nation for the past 20 years. Second, international students receive A LOT of support here. The VISP provides incredible support to international students which is not the same for a majority of other universities. The support that the VISP provides, in my opinion, significantly bolsters our development by removing a big chunk of the stresses associated with graduate education making us focus on our coursework and research. Finally, Vanderbilt and Nashville are just great places to be! The people here are very friendly and welcoming and in those times where you want some break from hardcore research, there are many things for students to do!



1. Montaniel KR, Billaud M, Graham C, Kim SK, Carlson M, Zeng W, Zeng O, Pan W, Isakson BE, Hall JL, Adhikari N. Smooth muscle specific deletion of Ndst1 leads to decreased vessel luminal area and no change in blood pressure in conscious mice. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2012 Jun;5(3):274-9. doi: 10.1007/s12265-012-9369-4. Epub 2012 May 4.


2. Adhikari N, Billaud M, Carlson M, Lake SP, Montaniel KR, Staggs R, Guan W, Walek D, Desir S, Isakson BE, Barocas VH, Hall JL. Vascular biomechanical properties in mice with smooth muscle specific deletion of Ndst1.. Mol Cell Biochem. 2014 Jan;385(1-2):225-38. doi: 10.1007/s11010-013-1831-3. Epub 2013 Oct 8.


3. Heuss ND, Pierson MJ, Montaniel KR, McPherson SW, Lehmann U, Hussong SA, Ferrington DA, Low WC, Gregerson DS.. Retinal dendritic cell recruitment, but not function, was inhibited in MyD88 and TRIF deficient mice. J Neuroinflammation. 2014 Aug 13;11:143. doi: 10.1186/s12974-014-0143-1.


4. Hofmeister LH, Lee SH, Norlander AE, Montaniel KR, Chen W, Harrison DG, Sung HJ.. Phage-display-guided nanocarrier targeting to atheroprone vasculature. ACS Nano. 2015;9(4):4435-46. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.5b01048. Epub 2015 Mar 23.


5. Wu J, Saleh MA, Kirabo A, Itani HA, Montaniel KR, Xiao L, Chen W, Mernaugh RL, Cai H, Bernstein KE, Goronzy JJ, Weyand CM, Curci JA, Barbaro NR, Moreno H, Davies SS, Roberts LJ 2nd, Madhur MS, Harrison DG.. Immune activation caused by vascular oxidation promotes fibrosis and hypertension. J Clin Invest. 2016 Jan 4;126(1):50-67. doi: 10.1172/JCI80761. Epub 2015 Nov 23.


6. Wu J, Montaniel KR, Saleh MA, Xiao L, Chen W, Owens GK, Humphrey JD, Majesky MW, Paik DT, Hatzopoulos AK, Madhur MS, Harrison DG. Origin of Matrix-Producing Cells That Contribute to Aortic Fibrosis in Hypertension. Hypertension. 2016 Feb;67(2):461-8. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.06123. Epub 2015 Dec 22.


7. Bersi MR, Bellini C, Wu J, Montaniel KR, Harrison DG, Humphrey JD. Excessive Adventitial Remodeling Leads to Early Aortic Maladaptation in Angiotensin-Induced Hypertension. In press, Hypertension, February 2016.