Faculty Profiles

Robert J. Lefkowitz
James B. Duke Professor of Medicine
467 Clin & Res Labs, Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684-2974
(919) 684-8875



Resident, Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital 1970 - 1971

Resident, Medicine, Columbia University 1967 - 1968

Intern, Medicine, Columbia University 1966 - 1967

M.D., Columbia University 1966

Lefkowitz, RJ. "A Serendipitous Scientist." Annual review of pharmacology and toxicology 58 (January 2018): 17-32. Full Text

Liu, X, Ahn, S, Kahsai, AW, Meng, K-C, Latorraca, NR, Pani, B, Venkatakrishnan, AJ, Masoudi, A, Weis, WI, Dror, RO, Chen, X, Lefkowitz, RJ, and Kobilka, BK. "Mechanism of intracellular allosteric β2AR antagonist revealed by X-ray crystal structure." Nature 548.7668 (August 16, 2017): 480-484. Full Text

Cahill, TJ, Thomsen, ARB, Tarrasch, JT, Plouffe, B, Nguyen, AH, Yang, F, Huang, L-Y, Kahsai, AW, Bassoni, DL, Gavino, BJ, Lamerdin, JE, Triest, S, Shukla, AK, Berger, B, Little, J, Antar, A, Blanc, A, Qu, C-X, Chen, X, Kawakami, K, Inoue, A, Aoki, J, Steyaert, J, Sun, J-P, Bouvier, M, Skiniotis, G, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Distinct conformations of GPCR-β-arrestin complexes mediate desensitization, signaling, and endocytosis." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.10 (March 2017): 2562-2567. Full Text

Stoppel, LJ, Auerbach, BD, Senter, RK, Preza, AR, Lefkowitz, RJ, and Bear, MF. "β-Arrestin2 Couples Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor 5 to Neuronal Protein Synthesis and Is a Potential Target to Treat Fragile X." Cell reports 18.12 (March 2017): 2807-2814. Full Text

Ahn, S, Kahsai, AW, Pani, B, Wang, Q-T, Zhao, S, Wall, AL, Strachan, RT, Staus, DP, Wingler, LM, Sun, LD, Sinnaeve, J, Choi, M, Cho, T, Xu, TT, Hansen, GM, Burnett, MB, Lamerdin, JE, Bassoni, DL, Gavino, BJ, Husemoen, G, Olsen, EK, Franch, T, Costanzi, S, Chen, X, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Allosteric "beta-blocker" isolated from a DNA-encoded small molecule library." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114.7 (February 2017): 1708-1713. Full Text

Kahsai, AW, Wisler, JW, Lee, J, Ahn, S, Cahill Iii, TJ, Dennison, SM, Staus, DP, Thomsen, ARB, Anasti, KM, Pani, B, Wingler, LM, Desai, H, Bompiani, KM, Strachan, RT, Qin, X, Alam, SM, Sullenger, BA, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Conformationally selective RNA aptamers allosterically modulate the β2-adrenoceptor." Nature chemical biology 12.9 (September 2016): 709-716. Full Text

Thomsen, ARB, Plouffe, B, Cahill, TJ, Shukla, AK, Tarrasch, JT, Dosey, AM, Kahsai, AW, Strachan, RT, Pani, B, Mahoney, JP, Huang, L, Breton, B, Heydenreich, FM, Sunahara, RK, Skiniotis, G, Bouvier, M, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "GPCR-G Protein-β-Arrestin Super-Complex Mediates Sustained G Protein Signaling." Cell 166.4 (August 3, 2016): 907-919. Full Text

Staus, DP, Strachan, RT, Manglik, A, Pani, B, Kahsai, AW, Kim, TH, Wingler, LM, Ahn, S, Chatterjee, A, Masoudi, A, Kruse, AC, Pardon, E, Steyaert, J, Weis, WI, Prosser, RS, Kobilka, BK, Costa, T, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Allosteric nanobodies reveal the dynamic range and diverse mechanisms of G-protein-coupled receptor activation." Nature 535.7612 (July 13, 2016): 448-452. Full Text

Lefkowitz, RJ. "Alfred Goodman Gilman (1941-2015)." Nature 529.7586 (January 2016): 284-. Full Text

Wisler, JW, Harris, EM, Raisch, M, Mao, L, Kim, J, Rockman, HA, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "The role of β-arrestin2-dependent signaling in thoracic aortic aneurysm formation in a murine model of Marfan syndrome." American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology 309.9 (November 2015): H1516-H1527. Full Text


Bond, RA, and Lefkowitz, RJ. Historical Background and Introduction. April 25, 2006. Full Text

Lefkowitz, RJ, Mukherjee, C, and Caron, M. Biochemical mechanisms for regulation of β adrenergic receptors by β adrenergic agonists. January 1, 1977.

Rein, LAM, Wisler, JW, Theriot, BS, Huang, L-Y, Premont, RT, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "beta-arrestin2 Is Necessary for Development of MPLW515L Mutant Primary Myelofibrosis." December 3, 2015.

Shukla, AK, Manglik, A, Kruse, A, Reis, R, Tseng, WC, Staus, DP, Hilger, D, Uysal, S, Huang, L, Peduch, M, Tripathi-Shukla, P, Koide, A, Koide, S, Weis, WI, Kossiakoff, AK, Kobilka, BK, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Crystal structure of active Beta-arrestin1 bound to phosphorylated carboxy-terminus of a G protein-coupled receptor." April 2013.

Patel, CB, Patel, PA, Frangakis, SG, Chen, M, Shenoy, SK, Lefkowitz, RJ, and Rockman, HA. "A Modified beta 1-adrenergic Receptor Demonstrates Bias Towards G Protein Receptor Kinase Phosphorylation." November 3, 2009.

Wang, J, Liu, R, Bond, M, Chen, M, Singh, S, Ali-Osman, F, Lefkowitz, RJ, Diehl, AM, Lyerly, HK, Barak, L, and Chen, W. "Targeting hedgehog signaling in medulloblastoma." October 2007.

Chen, J, Naga Prasad, SV, Tilley, DG, Lefkowitz, RJ, and Rockman, HA. "beta-arrestin mediated beta 1-adrenergic receptor transactivartion of the epidermal growth factor receptor requires GRK 5 and 6." October 31, 2006.

Kim, J, Zhang, L, Peppel, K, Lefkowitz, RJ, and Freedman, NJ. "beta-arrestins regulate proliferation and migration of smooth muscle cells in vitro & in vivo: Isoform-specific roles." October 31, 2006.

Shenoy, SK, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Beta-arrestin-dependent signaling by seven-transmembrane receptors." August 30, 2006.

Nobles, KN, Guan, ZQ, Xiao, KH, Oas, TG, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Conformational changes in beta-arrestin1: The importance of beta-arrestin1's N-domain." March 6, 2006.


Koch, WJ, Rockman, HA, Samama, P, Hamilton, RA, Bond, RA, Milano, CA, and Lefkowitz, RJ. "Cardiac function in mice overexpressing the β-adrenergic receptor kinase or a βARK inhibitor." Circulation 92.3 (1995): 277--.