• Education:Bachelor of Arts, Salem State University, Major: Biology, 2017
    Master of Science in Human Physiology, Boston University, 2018
    Doctor of Philosophy in Human Physiology, Boston University, 2021
    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, 2021-2023

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Dr. Moreira-Bouchard is the Co-PI of the Boston University Queer Understanding, Equity, and Education Research Lab (Q.U.E.E.R. Lab). Their research and teaching focus on LGBTQIA2S+ equity and inclusion in STEM and physiology education, as well as cardiovascular health risk in LGBTQIA2S+ communities. Their lab is currently assessing methods to redesign undergraduate and graduate physiology curricula to better educate students on the pathophysiology of marginalization-related psychosocial stress and disproportionate burden of diseases in historically marginalized populations. Moreover, the lab is investigating the prevalence of hypertension and chronic stress in young adults belonging to medically marginalized communities.

Dr. Moreira-Bouchard has received research training in investigating the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases including heart failure and hypertension. They have research expertise in animal and cell models of cardiovascular disease, as well as human cross-sectional research utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods.

Courses Taught

  • SAR HS 370 Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology
  • SAR HS 375 Cardiovascular Pathophysiology
  • SAR HS 438 Pathophysiology in Marginalized Individuals
  • SAR HS 750 The Physiologist’s Toolbox

Selected Publications

  • Moreira, JD., Chaudhary, P., Frame, AA., Puleo, F., Nist, KM., Abkin, EA., Moore, TL., George, JC., Wainford, RD. (2019) Inhibition of Microglial Activation in Rats Attenuates Central Inflammation in Gαi2 Protein Dependent Salt Sensitive Hypertension. Exp Physiol. Dec; 104(12):1892-1910. DOI: 10.1113/EP087924; PMID: 31631436.
  • Moreira, JD.*, Nist, KM.*, Carmichael, CY., Kuwabara, JT., Wainford, RD. (2021) Sensory afferent renal nerve activated Gαi2 subunit proteins mediate the natriuretic, sympathoinhibitory and normotensive responses to peripheral sodium challenges. Front. Physiol. 12:771167. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2021.771167
  • Moreira, JD., Gower, AC., Xue, L., Alekseyev, Y., Smith, KK., Choi, SH., Ayalon, N, Farb, MG., Tenan, K., LeClerc, A., Levy, D., Benjamin, EJ., Lenburg, ME., Mitchell, RN., Padera, RF., Fetterman, JL., Gopal, DM. “Systematic Dissection, Preservation, and Multiomics in Whole Human and Bovine Hearts” (2022) Cardiovascular Pathology. doi.org/10.1016/j.carpath.2022.107495
  • Moreira, JD., Gopal, DM., Kotton, DN., Fetterman, JL. (2021) Gaining Insight into Mitochondrial Genetic Variation and Downstream Pathophysiology: What Can i(PSCs) Do? Genes Oct;12, 1668. h
  • Moreira, JD., Bates, ML., Roepke, TA. (2022) Challenges and Inclusive Practices for LGBTQIA2S+ Scientists in the American Physiological Society. Am J Physiology – Heart Circ. 2022 Jul 1;323(1):H121-H124. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00234.2022. Epub 2022 Jun 10.

† denotes corresponding authorship
* denotes equal contributors

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