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.
Zijian Xie, PhD Hypertension, Renal diseases
Jiang Liu, PhD Hypertension, Kidney related disease
Komal Sodhi, MD Cardiotoxity in cancer
Wei Li, PhD Platelet function in thrombosis and atherosclerosis
Donald Primerano, PhD Genomics and transcriptomics
Richard D. Egleton, PhD Stroke, blood brain barrier dysfunction
Emine Koc, PhD Mitochondrial dysfunction in heart disease
Nalini Santanam, PhD Women’s lifestyle on atherosclerosis/CAD
Sandrine Pierre, PhD Cardiac ischemia
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
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 ten 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.
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.
Applications from undergraduate students classified at the junior or senior academic level by August 2018 will be considered. The summer research program will be from May 29th-July 31st, 2018. Interns will present their research at the WV Summer Research Symposium on the last week of the program. A stipend of $4,000 will be provided to each intern for the ten-week experience.
To be considered complete, your application must contain the following:
The online application and supporting documents are due on or before April 15th, 2018. 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