Dr. Robert M. Lust, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairman

Phone: 252-744-2762
Fax: 252-744-3460
E-mail: lustr@ecu.edu

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular physiology and heart research
  • Function of heart and coronary arteries
  • Medical and surgical strategies for heart disease and experimental validation
  • Bypass graft disease
  • Heart valve function


  • 1977 – B.A., Biology, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
  • 1981 – Ph.D., Physiology,Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX
  • 1984 – Post-Doc., Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX


  1. Hazarika S, Van Scott MR, Lust RM.
    Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury is enhanced in a model of systemic allergy and asthma.
    Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2004 May;286(5):H1720-5. Epub 2004 Jan 8.
    PMID: 14715513 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  2. Kim VB, Brown PM, Brown PM Jr, Sun YS, Lust RM, Chitwood WR Jr.
    A carotid stenosis model in canines.
    J Invest Surg. 2001 Jul-Aug;14(4):241-7.
    PMID: 11680535 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  3. Clarke DR, Lust RM, Sun YS, Black KS, Ollerenshaw JD.
    Transformation of nonvascular acellular tissue matrices into durable vascular conduits.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 May;71(5 Suppl):S433-6.
    PMID: 11388242 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  4. Miraliakbari R, Francalancia NA, Lust RM, Gerardo JA, Ng PC, Sun YS, Chitwood WR Jr.
    Differences in myocardial and peripheral VEGF and KDR levels after acute ischemia.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2000 Jun;69(6):1750-3; discussion 1754.
    PMID: 10892919 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  5. Brown PM Jr, Kim VB, Boyer BJ, Lust RM, Chitwood WR Jr, Elbeery JR.
    Regional left ventricular systolic function in humans during off-pump coronary bypass surgery.
    Circulation. 1999 Nov 9;100(19 Suppl):II125-7.
    PMID: 10567290 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]