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Congratulations to Prabhat Dube (Vazquez Lab) who successfully defended his dissertation titled "Mechanisms of calcification in atherosclerosis: Role of Macrophages and the Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 3 (TRPC3) channel" on 11/15/17.


Congratulations to Mengjie (Emma) Wang (Hill Lab), whose story was published in The Blade on 11/6/17: Early puberty can lead to health problems later in life



Congratulations to Darren Gordon - MDPhD student and Abdul-Rizaq Hamoud - MSBS student (Hinds Lab) who took top awards at the 32nd Annual Ohio Physiological Society Meeting at Northeastern Ohio Medical University on October 27th. 

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Congratulations to Rajib Dutta (Fedorov Lab) who successfully defended his dissertation on September 27, 2017.  Pictured here with his dissertation committee.






Congratulations to Prabhat Dube (Vazquez Lab) who received the UTRA Scholarship Award. He was nominated by Dr. Vazquez for his scientific and community accomplishments. 



Congratulations to Iyad Manaserh, who is featured in The Blade – see the article here :


Congratulations to the Joe Lab! Their manuscript has been accepted for publication in PLOS Genetics.

Positional cloning of quantitative trait nucleotides for blood pressure and cardiac QT-interval by targeted CRISPR/Cas9 editing of a novel long non-coding RNA.  Xi Cheng, Harshal Waghulde, Blair Mell, Eric E. Morgan, Shondra M. Pruett-Miller , Bina Joe




Congratulations Dr. Xi Cheng (Joe's lab)! The paper entitled: "Circular RNAs in Rat Models of Cardiovascular and Renal Diseases" by Xi Cheng and Bina Joe has been accepted for publication in Physiological Genomics.





Congratulations Prabhat (Vazquez Lab)!  The paper entitled: "EVIDENCE FOR CONSTITUTIVE BONE MORPHOGENETIC PROTEIN-2 SECRETION BY M1 MACROPHAGES: Constitutive auto/paracrine osteogenic signaling by BMP-2 in M1 macrophages" by Prabhatachandra Dube, Lutz Birnbaumer, and Guillermo Vazquez has been accepted for publication in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.



Congratulations to Jeffrey Xie (Haller and Tian Labs) who successfully defended his dissertation titled "Molecular Insights into Chronic Kidney Disease" on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Congratulations to Xiaoliang Wang (Xie Lab at Marshall University) who successfully defended his dissertation titled "Na/K-ATPase as a Signal Integrator Important for Animal Physiology" on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Congratulations to Erin Semple of the Hill Lab who successfully defended her dissertation titled "Hypothalamic Melanocortin 4 Receptors Regulate Sexual Behavior in Mice" on Friday, June 2, 2017.

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On Friday, May 26, 2017, Dr. Bina Joe hooded several of our students. Congratulations to Prince Ampem, Xi Cheng, Simona Ghanem and Sumeet Solanki (Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences) and Oluwatomisin ‘Tomi’ Atolagbe (Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences)!

 Congratulations to our students, Xi Cheng (Joe Lab), Aaron O'Brien (Puri Lab), and Oluwatomisin (Tomi) Atolagbe (Vazquez Lab), who received Outstanding Student Awards in their program of study at the Class of 2017 Graduate Student Awards Ceremony.

cheng           OBrien          Tomi

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Congratulations to MOME Track Student, Xi Cheng, who successfully defended his dissertation titled "Evidence for Non-Coding RNAs as Inherited Factors Influencing Cardiovascular Disease, Renal Disease and Tumorigenesis" on May 22, 2017!  Xi Cheng is pictured here with Major Advisor, Dr. Bina Joe.






Congratulations to Oluwatomisin (Tomi) Atolagbe (Vazquez Lab) who placed 3rd for her poster: “GENOME-WIDE RNA-SEQ ANALYSIS OF POLARIZED MACROPHAGES DERIVED FROM WILD-TYPE MICE AND FROM MICE WITH MACROPHAGE-SPECIFIC LOSS OF TRPC3 FUNCTION” at the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO) in Chicago on May 15-17, 2017.


Congratulations to our students who won awards at the 2017 Combined Annual Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR in Chicago, Illinois. Fatimah Khalaf (Kennedy Lab)-Trainee Travel Award Winner, Shungang Zhang (Haller Lab)-Oral Abstract Award Winner, and Jeffrey Xie (Haller/Tian Labs)-Trainee Travel Award Winner.  

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 Several of our MOME Track Students presented at the 2017 Experimental Biology Meeting in Chicago.

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Congratulations to MOME Track Student, Prince Tuffour Ampem, who successfully defended his dissertation today!  Prince is pictured with his advisor, Dr. Guillermo Vazquez.

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Congratulations to Emma Wang (Hill Lab)! She placed 2nd in the poster presentations during the 2017 Graduate Forum.

Congratulations to MOME Track Student, Sumeet Solanki, who successfully defended his dissertation today! Dr. Solanki is pictured with his advisor, Dr. Guillermo Vazquez. Sumeet and GV

 Students celebrated Valentine's Day at the last GradStairs meeting, held February 10, 2017.

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Our Department conducts funded research by the NHLBI/ National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. We support the Go Red day.

Why is the red dress the symbol of women and heart disease?

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the AHA and other organizations committed to women’s health joined together to raise awareness of women and heart disease. The NHLBI introduced the red dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness and the AHA adopted this symbol to create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting this cause.

By working together to advance this important cause, the AHA, NHLBI and other women’s health groups will have a greater impact than any one group could have alone.

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Congratulations to Mengjie Wang from the Hill Lab! Her abstract entitled "Roles of Insulin Receptors and IGF-1 Receptors in Leptin-Responsive Neurons in Regulation of Body Weight, Growth, Pubertal Development and Fertility" has been selected for one of the Endocrine Society Outstanding Abstract Awards in conjunction with ENDO 2017 in Orlando, FL.


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Last Updated: 11/15/17