Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology


Susan Majka, Ph.D.Majka



Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Associate Professor

Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology



Contact Information



Office Location


Phone: 615-322-5206

E-mail:  susan.m.majka@vanderbilt.edu

Fax:  615-936-5767


Campus Mail address:


US Mailing address:

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine

2611 West End Ave., Suite 210

Nashville, TN 37203











McCurdy, CE, Schenk, S, Holliday, MJ, Philp, A, Houck, JA, Patsouris, D, Maclean, PS, Majka, SM, Klemm, DJ, Friedman, JE. Attenuated pik3r1 expression prevents insulin resistance and adipose tissue macrophage accumulation in diet-induced obese mice. Diabetes, 61(10), 2495-505, 2012

Jun, D, Garat, C, West, J, Thorn, N, Chow, K, Cleaver, T, Sullivan, T, Torchia, EC, Childs, C, Shade, T, Tadjali, M, Lara, A, Nozik-Grayck, E, Malkoski, S, Sorrentino, B, Meyrick, B, Klemm, D, Rojas, M, Wagner, DH, Majka, SM. The pathology of bleomycin-induced fibrosis is associated with loss of resident lung mesenchymal stem cells that regulate effector T-cell proliferation. Stem Cells, 29(4), 725-35, 2011

Majka, SM, Barak, Y, Klemm, DJ. Concise review: adipocyte origins: weighing the possibilities. Stem Cells, 29(7), 1034-40, 2011

Klemm, DJ, Majka, SM, Crossno, JT, Psilas, JC, Reusch, JE, Garat, CV. Reduction of reactive oxygen species prevents hypoxia-induced CREB depletion in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol, 58(2), 181-91, 2011

Bilousova, G, Jun, du H, King, KB, De Langhe, S, Chick, WS, Torchia, EC, Chow, KS, Klemm, DJ, Roop, DR, Majka, SM. Osteoblasts derived from induced pluripotent stem cells form calcified structures in scaffolds both in vitro and in vivo. Stem Cells, 29(2), 206-16, 2011

Ikonomou, L, Hemnes, AR, Bilousova, G, Hamid, R, Loyd, JE, Hatzopoulos, AK, Kotton, DN, Majka, SM, Austin, ED. Programmatic change: lung disease research in the era of induced pluripotency. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol, 301(6), L830-5, 2011

Chow, KS, Jun, D, Helm, KM, Wagner, DH, Majka, SM. Isolation & characterization of Hoechst(low) CD45(negative) mouse lung mesenchymal stem cells. J Vis Exp(56), e3159, 2011

Majka, SM, Fox, KE, Psilas, JC, Helm, KM, Childs, CR, Acosta, AS, Janssen, RC, Friedman, JE, Woessner, BT, Shade, TR, Varella-Garcia, M, Klemm, DJ. De novo generation of white adipocytes from the myeloid lineage via mesenchymal intermediates is age, adipose depot, and gender specific. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 107(33), 14781-6, 2010

Tanaka, KK, Hall, JK, Troy, AA, Cornelison, DD, Majka, SM, Olwin, BB. Syndecan-4-expressing muscle progenitor cells in the SP engraft as satellite cells during muscle regeneration. Cell Stem Cell, 4(3), 217-25, 2009

Takeda, K, Okamoto, M, de Langhe, S, Dill, E, Armstrong, M, Reisdorf, N, Irwin, D, Koster, M, Wilder, J, Stenmark, KR, West, J, Klemm, D, Gelfand, EW, Nozik-Grayck, E, Majka, SM. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-g agonist treatment increases septation and angiogenesis and decreases airway hyperresponsiveness in a model of experimental neonatal chronic lung disease. Anat Rec (Hoboken), 292(7), 1045-61, 2009

Majka, SM, Skokan, M, Wheeler, L, Harral, J, Gladson, S, Burnham, E, Loyd, JE, Stenmark, KR, Varella-Garcia, M, West, J. Evidence for cell fusion is absent in vascular lesions associated with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol, 295(6), L1028-39, 2008

Crossno, JT, Majka, SM, Grazia, T, Gill, RG, Klemm, DJ. Rosiglitazone promotes development of a novel adipocyte population from bone marrow-derived circulating progenitor cells. J Clin Invest, 116(12), 3220-8, 2006

Fox, KE, Fankell, DM, Erickson, PF, Majka, SM, Crossno, JT, Klemm, DJ. Depletion of cAMP-response element-binding protein/ATF1 inhibits adipogenic conversion of 3T3-L1 cells ectopically expressing CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein (C/EBP) alpha, C/EBP beta, or PPAR gamma 2. J Biol Chem, 281(52), 40341-53, 2006

Majka, SM, Beutz, MA, Hagen, M, Izzo, AA, Voelkel, N, Helm, KM. Identification of novel resident pulmonary stem cells: form and function of the lung side population. Stem Cells, 23(8), 1073-81, 2005

Majka, SM, Jackson, KA, Kienstra, KA, Majesky, MW, Goodell, MA, Hirschi, KK. Distinct progenitor populations in skeletal muscle are bone marrow derived and exhibit different cell fates during vascular regeneration. J Clin Invest, 111(1), 71-9, 2003

McKinney-Freeman, SL, Majka, SM, Jackson, KA, Norwood, K, Hirschi, KK, Goodell, MA. Altered phenotype and reduced function of muscle-derived hematopoietic stem cells. Exp Hematol, 31(9), 806-14, 2003

Majka, SM, Kasimos, J, Izzo, L, Izzo, AA. Cryptococcus neoformans pulmonary granuloma formation is associated with matrix metalloproteinase-2 expression. Med Mycol, 40(3), 323-8, 2002

Jackson, KA, Majka, SM, Wulf, GG, Goodell, MA. Stem cells: a minireview. J Cell Biochem Suppl, 38, 1-6, 2002

Jackson, KA, Majka, SM, Wang, H, Pocius, J, Hartley, CJ, Majesky, MW, Entman, ML, Michael, LH, Hirschi, KK, Goodell, MA. Regeneration of ischemic cardiac muscle and vascular endothelium by adult stem cells. J Clin Invest, 107(11), 1395-402, 2001

Goodell, MA, Jackson, KA, Majka, SM, Mi, T, Wang, H, Pocius, J, Hartley, CJ, Majesky, MW, Entman, ML, Michael, LH, Hirschi, KK. Stem cell plasticity in muscle and bone marrow. Ann N Y Acad Sci, 938, 208-18; discussion 218-20, 2001