Tara L Haas


Locations / Contact Info:

427A LSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 77313

Email address(es):


Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


BSc(HK) - 1990
University of Guelph

PhD - 1995
University of Virginia

Selected Publications

Nwadozi, E., Rudnicki, M., De Ciantis, M., Milkovich, S., Pulbere, A., Roudier, E., Birot, O., Gustafsson, T., Ellis, C.G.,Haas, T.L.  High fat diet pre-conditioning improves microvascular remodeling during regeneration of ischemic mouse skeletal muscle.  Acta Physiol. 2020 May;229(1):e13449.  DOI:10.1111/apha.13449.

Nwadozi, E., Rudnicki, M., Haas, T.L.  Metabolic Coordination of Pericyte Phenotypes: Therapeutic Implications. Front Cell Dev. 2020 -Stem Cell Res. DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2020.00077.

Rudnicki M, Abdifarkosh G, Nwadozi E, Ramos SV, Makki A, Sepa-Kishi DM, Ceddia RB, Perry CGR, Roudier E, Haas TL.  Endothelial-specific FoxO1 depletion prevents obesity-related disorders by increasing vascular metabolism and growth.  Elife. 2018 Dec 4;7. pii: e39780. doi: 10.7554/eLife.39780.

Rudnicki M, Abdifarkosh G, Rezvan O, Nwadozi E, Roudier E, Haas TL. Female mice have higher angiogenesis in perigonadal adipose tissue than males in response to high-fat diet. Front Physiol 2018;doi:https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.01452

Nwadozi, E., A. Ng, A. Stromberg, H. Liu, K. Olsson, T. Gustafsson and T.L. Haas.  Leptin is a physiological regulator of skeletal muscle angiogenesis and is locally produced by PDGFRα and PDGFRβ expressing perivascular cells. Angiogenesis 2018 Aug 18. DOI: 10.1007/s10456-018-9641-6

Nwadozi, E., E. Roudier, E. Rullman, S. Tharmalingam, H. Liu, T. Gustafsson, T.L. Haas.  Endothelial FoxO proteins impair insulin sensitivity and restrain muscle angiogenesis in response to high fat diet.   FASEB J. 2016 Sep;30(9):3039-52. doi: 10.1096/fj.201600245R. 

Haas, T.L. and E. Nwadozi.  Regulation of Capillary Growth in Skeletal Muscle in Exercise and Disease. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.  2015 Dec;40(12):1221-32

Uchida, C., E. Nwadozi, A. Hasanee, S. Olenich, I.M. Olfert and T.L. Haas.  Muscle-derived vascular endothelial growth factor regulates microvascular remodelling in response to increased shear stress in mice. Acta Physiol (Oxf), 2015 214(3):349-60. doi: 10.1111/apha.12463 

Slopack, D., E. Roudier, S.T.K. Liu, E. Nwadozi, O. Birot, T.L. Haas. Forkhead BoxO transcription factors restrain exercise-induced angiogenesis. J Physiol. July 2014 PMID: 25063823

Gorman, J.L., S.T.K. Liu, D. Slopack, K. Shariati, A. Hasanee, S. Olenich, I.M. Olfert and T.L. Haas. Angiotensin II evokes angiogenic signals within skeletal muscle through co-ordinated effects on skeletal myocytes and endothelial cellsPLoS One. 2014 Jan 9;9(1):e85537. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085537

Roudier, E., M. Milkiewicz, O. Birot, D. Slopack, A. Montelius, T. Gustafsson, J.H. Paik, R.A. DePinho, G.P. Casale, I.I. Pipinos, T.L. Haas.   Endothelial FoxO1 is an intrinsic regulator of thrombospondin1 expression that restrains angiogenesis in ischemic muscle. Angiogenesis 2013 16(4):759-772, DOI: 10.1007/s10456-013-9353-x 

Shikatani, E.A., A. Trifonova, E.R. Mandel, S.T.K. Liu, E. Roudier, A. Krylova, A. Szigiato, J. Beaudry, M.C. Riddell, and T.L. Haas.   Inhibition of proliferation, migration and proteolysis contribute to corticosterone-mediated inhibition of angiogenesis. Plos One 2012 Oct, 7: e46625. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046625 

Haas, T.L., P.G. Lloyd, H-T. Yang and R.L. Terjung. Exercise training and peripheral artery disease. Compr Physiol 2012 Oct, 2: 2933-3017. doi: 10.1002/cphy.c110065

Milkiewicz, M., E. Roudier, J.L. Doyle, A. Trifonova, O. Birot, T.L. Haas. Identification of a mechanism underlying regulation of the anti-angiogenic forkhead transcription factor FoxO1 in cultured endothelial cells and ischemic muscle. Am. J Pathol. 2011 178(2):935-944.



The Microcirculatory Society


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

The Haas lab examines blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) in skeletal muscle and in adipose tissue.  We utilize biochemical, cellular and molecular biological approaches to study the stimuli and signalling pathways that cause endothelial cells to initiate angiogenesis as a result of exercise or changes in metabolic status (ie. energy overload).  A second key area of investigation is to identify and define the regulation of inhibitory signals that block appropriate angiogenesis in the skeletal muscle of individuals with diabetes and/or peripheral artery disease.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Tara L Haas