Our Mentors

We have assembled a group of 39 mentors, from 25 research areas and 3 divisions in the School of Medicine. All are committed to training young investigators interested in the study of the heart and vasculature. Mentors are grouped according to their research areas. Click the mentors for descriptions of their research.

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All (39 Mentors)
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Barker, Thomas

Matrix Biology and Engineering


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Christ, George

Functional Genomics


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Civelek, Mete

Systems Genetics Approaches to Understand Cardiometabolic Traits


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Engelhard, Victor

Identification of MHC-restricted tumor antigens / Control of T cell homing to tumors / Tertiary lymphoid structures and intratumoral immunity


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Epstein, Fred

Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Coronary Heart Disease; Myocardial Function; Myocardial Perfusion


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Eyo, Ukpong

Neuroscience


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French, Brent

Novel Therapies for Treating and Preventing Ischemic Heart Disease


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Gelfand, Brad

Blinding disease age-related macular degeneration, utilizing the tools of immunology, molecular biology, and engineering.


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Guler, Ali

Circadian entrainment for the treatment of metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases


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Harris, Thurl

Molecular mechanisms controlling insulin signaling and fat synthesis.


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Harris, Tajie

Immune response to infectious disease in the CNS


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Hirschi, Karen

Understanding Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Leading to Blood Vessel Formation


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Hossack, John

Diagnostic ultrasound - image processing, quantification Molecular imaging using ultrasound Catheter-based ultrasound Ultrasound-based drug/gene delivery Ultrasound image guided therapy


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Isakson, Brant

Translating our discoveries in the microcirculation to tangible benefits in patients.


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Janes, Kevin

Systems-biology approaches to cancer biology and virology.


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Kibbe, Melina

Developing novel therapies for patients with vascular disease.


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Kramer, Christopher

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, myocardial disease, atherosclerotic plaque imaging, peripheral arterial disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy


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Kundu, Bijoy

Positron Emission Tomography Imaging of Remodeling of Myocardial Glucose Metabolism in Pressure Overload Left Ventricular Hypertrophy


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Laubach, Victor

Understanding mechanisms of ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury after lung transplantation such as vascular inflammation, diagnosis via molecular imaging, and identifying therapeutic targets for the prevention or treatment of IR injury.


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Leitinger, Norbert

Role of lipid oxidation products in inflammation and vascular immunology in atherosclerosis and diabetes


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McNamara, Coleen

Immune System Regulation of Cardiometabolic Disease


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Meyer, Craig

Magnetic Resonance Imaging


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Miller, Clint

Genetic variation, Complex diseases, Coronary artery disease, Genomics, Epigenomics, Regulatory mechanisms, Vascular biology, Pharmacology and Physiology


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O'Rourke, Eyleen

Obesity and Aging


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Okusa, Mark

Immune mechanisms of acute kidney injury and fibrosis. Pulsed ultrasound in acute kidney injury


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Owens, Gary

Identification of Factors and Mechanisms that Regulate the Stability of Late Stage Atherosclerotic Lesions and the Probability of Thromboembolic Events Including a Heart Attack or Stroke


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Papin, Jason

Systems biology, infectious disease, cancer, toxicology, metabolic engineering


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Peirce-Cottler, Shayn

Tissue Engineering and Regeneration, Computational Systems Biology, Vascular Growth and Remodeling, Stem Cell Therapies


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Price, Richard

Image Guided Drug and Gene Delivery for Neurodegeneration and Cancer; Focused Ultrasound and Immunotherapy; Arteriogenesis and Angiogenesis


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Rich, Steve

Genetic basis of common human disease, including type 1 diabetes, diabetic complications, ischemic stroke, atherosclerosis


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Saucerman, Jeff

Roles of complex signaling networks involved in the regulation of cardiovascular function and disease


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Sheybani, Natasha

Biomedical Engineering


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Sheynkman, Gloria

Proteoform Systems Biology: proteogenomic approaches to uncover the role of proteomic variation in human disease


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Shi, Weibin

Molecular and genetic determinants of atherosclerosis and cardiometabolic disorders.


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Sonkusare, Swapnil

Identify the calcium signaling abnormalities that lead to vascular dysfunction and blood pressure elevation in cardiovascular disorders


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Tsihlis, Nick

Vascular Biology, Nanotechnology, Biomaterials, Drug Delivery


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Walsh, Ken

Clonal hematopoiesis: A new mechanism of cardiovascular disease


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Wolf, Matthew

Identification of genes and pathways that cause or modify cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure.


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Zunder, Eli

Single Cell Analysis