Our Mentors

We have assembled a group of 49 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.

Research Areas

All
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics
Biotechnology
Cancer Biology
Cardiovascular Biology
Cell & Developmental Biology
Computational Biology
Epigenetics
Epigenomics
Experimental Pathology
Genetics
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Metabolism
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Pharmacology
Neuroimmunology
Neuroscience
Physiology
Structural Biology
Vascular Biology
Virology

Eugene Barrett, MD, PhD
ejb8x@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Insulin action on the vasculature, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and diabetes

Paula Barrett, PhD
pqb4b@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Role of low-voltage activated T-type Ca2+ channels in physiological responses

George Christ, PhD
gjc8w@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Tissue engineering and regeneration

Brent French, PhD
bf4g@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Novel therapies for treating and preventing ischemic heart disease

Brad Gelfand, PhD
bdg3y@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Blinding disease age-related macular degeneration

Patrice Guyenet, PhD
pgg@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Neural control of blood pressure and respiration

Thurl Harris, PhD
teh3c@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Molecular mechanisms controlling insulin signaling and fat synthesis

Jeffrey Holmes, MD, PhD
jwh2t@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Healing after myocardial infarction, cardiac growth and remodeling, and image-based modeling and diagnosis

Brant Isakson, PhD
bei6n@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Translating our discoveries in the microcirculation to tangible benefits in patients

Christopher Kramer, MD
cmk2n@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Cardiac and vascular magnetic resonance imaging

Victor Laubach, PhD
vel8n@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury after lung transplantation

Norbert Leitinger, PhD
nl2q@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Role of lipid oxidation products in inflammation and vascular immunology in atherosclerosis and diabetes

Coleen McNamara, MD
cam8c@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes

Clint Miller, PhD
cm6bt@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Integrating large-scale human genetics and genomics datasets with clinically relevant functional models

Gary Owens, PhD
gko@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Genetic, cellular, and molecular control of late stage atherosclerostic lesion pathogenesis

Jason Papin, PhD
jap8r@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Systems biology, infectious disease, cancer, toxicology, metabolic engineering

Shayn Peirce-Cottler, PhD
smp6p@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Tissue engineering and regeneration, computational systems biology, vascular growth and remodeling

Richard Price, PhD
rjp2z@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Focused ultrasound and immunotherapy; arteriogenesis and angiogenesis

Jeff Saucerman, PhD
jjs3g@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Roles of complex signaling networks involved in the regulation of cardiovascular function and disease

Helmy Siragy, MD
hms7a@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Endocrine hypertension, angiotensin receptors, renal paracrine hormones

Avril Somlyo, PhD
avs5u@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Regulation of smooth muscle cell contractility and impact on diseases of the vasculature, airway and gastrointestinal tract

Swapnil Sonkusare, PhD
sks2n@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Microcirculation, vascular ion channels, calcium signaling mechanisms, endothelial cells, hypertension

Ken Walsh, PhD
kw9ar@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Signaling- and transcriptional-regulatory mechanisms that control both normal and pathological tissue growth in the cardiovascular system

Matthew Wolf, MD, PhD
mjw5mc@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Identification of genes and pathways that cause or modify cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure

Zhen Yan, PhD
zy3m@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Molecular and signaling mechanisms of skeletal muscle plasticity

Mark Yeager, MD, PhD
my3r@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Cardiac gap junction membrane channels / integrins water channels / rotavirus / reovirus / retrovirus