Basil Ibe, PhD

Basil Ibe, PhD

Investigator, The Lundquist Institute
Professor of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Pulmonary hypertension and sickle cell disease vaso-occlusion

Research Description

Dr. Ibe’s research intents to understand the role of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory proteins in pulmonary vascular injury. His work includes investigations into the role of NF-kB, intracellular kinases and retinoblastoma protein in the regulation of platelet activating factor receptor gene and protein expression. Dr. Ibe employs in vivo small, medium and large animal models and in vitro cell culture models to investigate perinatal pulmonary adaptation and the role of platelet activating factor in the pathology of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn.

Dr. Ibe also studies the role of these lipid mediators in cardiovascular and pulmonary abnormalities of sickle cell disease. His sickle cell disease studies are primarily focused on understanding the consequences of abnormal erythrocyte-endothelium interaction in the pathogenesis of vaso-occlusion and pulmonary hypertension in sickle cell disease.


  • BS, 1977, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles CA
  • MS, 1979, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
  • PhD, 1984, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Recent and/or Significant Publications

Bixby CE, Ibe BO, Abdallah MF, Zhou W Hislop AA, Longo LD, Raj JU. Role of platelet activating factor in pulmonary vascular remodeling associated with chronic high-altitude hypoxia in ovine fetal lambs. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 239:L1475-1482, 2007.
Renteria LS, Raj JU, Ibe BO. Prolonged hypoxia modulates platelet activating factor receptor-mediated responses by fetal ovine pulmonary vascular smooth muscle cells. Mol Genet Metab 101:400-408, 2010.
Renteria LS, Cruz E, Ibe BO. Platelet-activating factor synthesis and receptor-mediated signaling are downregulated in ovine newborn lungs: relevance in postnatal pulmonary adaptation and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. J Dev Orig Health Dis; 4: 458-469, 2013
Opene M, Kurantsin-Mills J, Husain S, Ibe BO. Sickle erythrocytes and platelets augment lung leukotriene synthesis with downregulation of anti-inflammatory proteins: relevance in the pathology of the acute chest syndrome. Pul Circ 4: 482-495, 2014.