Vascular Biology Center
The purpose for formation of the center was to provide a mechanism for focusing GRU research on the investigation of cellular and integrated vascular function under both normal and pathological conditions. This area of research is of vital importance to human health because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. The center is comprised of 15 Core Faculty members with diverse but complementary expertise.
In addition, the center has 35 Associate Faculty members who are involved in many collaborative studies with the Core Faculty.
The goal of the center, since its inception, has been to bring together a group of expert cardiovascular researchers who have similar interests. Due to their common interests and the convenience of physically adjoining laboratory space, many productive collaborative research projects have developed among the center faculty. A comprehensive range of expertise that exists among current faculty includes:
- Expertise in six vascular systems (cardiac, coronary, pulmonary, cerebral, retinal, and renal)
- Numerous models of clinical vascular pathologies (ARDS,vasospasm, cardiomyopathy, atherosclerosis, shock, diabetic retinopathy and nephropathy, stroke,hypertension, edema, thromboembolism,acute and chronic renal failure, and more)
- The use of a wide variety ofstate-of-the-art techniques including molecular, genetic, cellular, organ/tissue, and whole animal models.
- Sponsors a weekly seminar program that features nationally and internationally recognized speakers;
- Administers a graduate program in Vascular Biology leading to the Ph.D. degree.
|April 16, 2014||Hong Chen, Ph.D. , Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center|
|April 17, 2014||Wenbo Zhang, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX|
|May 5, 2014||Mahesh P. Gupta, PhD, FAHA, Director, Center of Cardiac Cell Biology and Therapeutics and Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago|
|May 7, 2014||Gábor Csányi, Ph.D., Research Instructor, Vascular Medicine Institute & Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine|