Our Mentors

We have assembled a group of 40 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

Thomas Barker, PhD
thb4a@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Matrix biology and engineering

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

Robert Carey, MD
rmc4c@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Hormonal control of blood pressure and kidney function

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

Mete Civelek, PhD
mc2wq@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Systems genetics approaches to understand cardiometabolic traits

Victor Engelhard, PhD
vhe@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Role of lymphatic endothelial cells in regulating immunity and self-tolerance

Fred Epstein, PhD
fhe6b@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Cardiovascular MRI and coronary heart disease

Ukpong Eyo, PhD
ube9q@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Microglia in neurodevelopment and neurodevelopment disorders

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

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

Tajie Harris, PhD
thh9t@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Role of blood and lymphatic vasculature in brain infection

Karen Hirschi, PhD
kkh4yy@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to blood vessel formation

John Hossack, PhD
jh7fj@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Diagnostic ultrasound - image processing and Ultrasound guided therapy

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

Kevin Janes, PhD
kaj5f@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Systems-biology approaches to cancer biology and viral-induced heart failure

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

Bijoy Kundu, PhD
bkk5a@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Positron emission tomography imaging of myocardial glucose metabolism

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

Craig Meyer, PhD
chm5q@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Magnetic resonance imaging

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

Eyleen O'Rourke, PhD
ejo8b@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Obesity and aging

Mark Okusa, MD
mdo7y@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Immune mechanisms of acute kidney injury and fibrosis. Pulsed ultrasound in acute kidney injury

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

Kodi Ravichandran, PhD
kr4h@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Apoptotic cell clearance mechanisms in health and disease

Steve Rich, PhD
ssr4n@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Genetic and integrative `omics analysis of cardiovascular disease, type 1 diabetes, and their risk factors

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

Weibin Shi, PhD
ws4v@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Cellular and genetic determinants of atherosclerosis and restenosis

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

Eli Zunder, PhD
ez8v@virginia.edu
Research Interest
Stem cell behavior in normal and disease states