Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in the U.S. and world over. Its rates are particularly higher in the Appalachian region, including WV. West Virginia ranks among the top three states in incidences of cardiometabolic diseases (cardiovascular disease, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes). The overall mission of the CDRC is to seek knowledge in understanding the causes and consequences of cardiovascular diseases (coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, heart failure and thrombosis), and identify potential preventive (lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise) and therapeutic strategies to lower incidence in the Appalachian region and the U.S. This cluster brings together scientists, clinicians, academicians and students interested in research, treatment, teaching and learning about these chronic diseases.
|Basic Science Researcher||Research Interests|
|Ji Bihl, Ph.D.||Cerebrovascular Diseases and Diabetes|
|Jiang Liu, Ph.D.||Hypertension, Kidney Related Disease|
|Komal Sodhi, MD||Cardiotoxity in Cancer|
|Wei Li, MD, Ph.D.||Platelet Function in Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis|
|Donald Primerano, Ph.D.||Genomics and Transcriptomics|
|Richard D. Egleton, Ph.D.||Stroke, Blood Brain Barrier Dysfunction|
|Emine Koc, Ph.D.||Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Heart Disease|
|Nalini Santanam, Ph.D.||Women's Lifestyle on Atherosclerosis/CAD|
|Sandrine Pierre, Ph.D.||Cardiac Ischemia|
|Jinju Wang, Ph.D.||Exercise-Regulated Exosomes in Vascular Diseases|
|Alejandro Q. Nato, Jr., Ph.D.||Computational and Statistical Genetics; Bioinformatics; Complex Diseases|
|Clinical Researcher||Research Interests|
|Joseph Shapiro, MD||Hypertension, Renal Diseases|
|Ellen Thompson, MD||Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease|
|Todd Gress, MD, MPH||Cardiometabolic Diseases|
|Paulette Wehner. MD||Heart Failure, Women's Health|
|David Chaffin, MD||Preeclampsia|
|Required Research Cluster Courses
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|PHS 666||Physiology of the Cell||3|
|BMS 665||CDRC Colloquium (x3)||3|
Qualifying Exam (Candidacy)
Written and Oral Exam
Other CDRC Activities:
The purpose of the American Heart Association funded undergraduate research training program at Marshall University is to encourage promising undergraduate students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Interns participating in the program will perform nine weeks of graduate-level research in the laboratory of Marshall University School of Medicine faculty. Participants will receive formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars on current topics, mentoring and use of state-of-the-art core facilities.
The summer research program will take place from May 31st to July 26th, 2022. A stipend of $6,000 (pre-tax and fringe benefits) will be provided to each intern for the nine-week experience. Interns will present their research at the WV Summer Research Symposium on the last week of the program. Interns will also be required to present their work at a national/international conference (such as American Heart Association Scientific Sessions) before June 2023; travel expenses up to $3,000 will be covered.
Faculty mentors have provided projects that will introduce students to contemporary research broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
On the application, you will be asked to review the mentor’s directory, list your choice of mentors in order of preference (#1 being your top choice) and why their topics are of interest to you. Your choices will serve as a guide for a mentor assignment. The directory of mentors and their research projects can be accessed in the Mentors Directory.
To be considered complete, your application must contain the following:
The online application and supporting documents are due on or before February 21, 2022. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are to be mailed or e-mailed to Dr. Elsa Mangiarua: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Elsa Mangiarua
Department of Biomedical Sciences
1700 3rd Ave, BBSC 435