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Dr. Robert C. Speth
Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Robert C. Speth, PhD, FAAAS, FAHA

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Research Interests

Renin-angiotensin system diagram

"Simplified diagram of renin-angiotensin system. SARS-CoV-2 spike protein S1 domain binds to the extracellular domain of ACE2 leading to internalization of the SARS-CoV-2-ACE2 complex which decreases ACE2 expression on cell membranes. ACE2 is present in lung and kidney as well as other organs in the body." -Dr. Speth

renin-angiotensin system diagram
  • Characterizations of Angiotensin (Ang) II Receptors in reproductive structures

  • Pioneering Studies of Ang II Receptor Subtypes with Selective Ligands

  • Characterization of Mas as the receptor for the Angiotensin 1-7

  • Sexual dimorphism in Ang II receptor function, novel signaling pathways and age-related health consequences

  • Involvement of the brain angiotensin system in neurogenerative diseases 

  • Radioiodination of ligands for collaborative studies of receptor pharmacology and immunoassays (See "Book Chapters, Lectures, Videos and More" for more information.)

  • Researching the pharmacological and toxicological properties of “natural products”. Especially marijuana, in particular their use and abuse as drugs.

This study explores how [3H]-flunitrazepam, a type of benzodiazepine that functions as a γ-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) agonist, binds to various parts of the brain. It was found that the density of [3H]-flunitrazepam was highest in the cerebrocortical and rhinencephalic areas and lowest in the brainstem and commissural tracts.


This study investigates how Angiotensin (1-7) has its own special binding sites that indicate it has a unique receptor called Mas. Mice without Mas could not hold in water adequately and their aortas struggled to relax. These functions are regulated by Angiotensin (1-7) which suggests it binds with Mas receptors in order to activate.

This study dives into the anatomy and physiology of the renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS). It is responsible for a multitude of functions such as fluid and electrolyte balance, hypertrophy, inflammation, cell growth and division, exacerbating co-morbid diseases like diabetes mellitus, and activating aldosterone. Most notably, RAAS raises blood pressure and volume too. Because co-morbid diseases can worsen with an active RAAS, more medication is developing to counter it. This includes but is not limited to angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE and ACE-1) inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor antagonists, and aldosterone receptor antagonists.

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Dr. Speth's Favorite Publications


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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

Nova Southeastern University

3200 S. University Dr.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328-2018


Office Phone: 954-262-1330

Cell Phone: 662-291-2014

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