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Cardiovascular Science Conference

Our Cardiovascular Science Conference highlight key research and topics within the field of basic and translational research. For further information or inquiries regarding our conferences, please contact Cindy Treich

Science Conference
Presentations and updates on breakthrough science from leading UCSD scientists
Date: Fridays at 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Location: CNCB Large Conference Room/ Marilyn F. Farquhar Seminar Room

Past Conferences

January 10, 2020

Alon Goren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UCSD

December 6, 2019

Sharlene Day, M.D.
Director, Translational Research,
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine & Cardiovascular Institute,
Center for Inherited Cardiac Disease, Penn Medicine

November 22, 2019

Gianluigi Condorelli, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair in Molecular Cardiology, Univ. of Leicester, UK

November 8, 2019

Kory Lavine, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St. Louis

March 22, 2019
"Novel Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Quality Control in the Heart"

Asa Gustafsson, PhD
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Pharmacology
Vice Chair, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
University of California, San Diego

February 15, 2019
"Regulators of Cardiac Remodeling & Fibrosis"

Jennifer Davis, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Pathology and Bioengineering
University of Washington

February 8, 2019
"Clonal hematopoiesis in human aging and cardiovascular disease"

Siddhartha Jaiswal, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Stanford University

January 25, 2019
"Protein acetylation in heart failure: the epigenome and beyond"

Timothy A. McKinsey, PhD
Associate Professor and Associate Division Head for Translational Research
Director, Consortium for Fibrosis Research & Translation
Department of Medicine/ Division of Cardiology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

January 18, 2019
"Redox cross talk in heart disease: finding new drug target for GSK 3b"

Jennifer Van Eyk, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Erika J. Glazer Chair in Women’s Heart Health
Director, Advanced Clinical Biosystems Institute in the Department of Biomedical Sciences
Director, Basic Science Research in the Women’s Heart Center
Cedars-Sinai Medicine Center, Los Angeles

December 7, 2018
"A tyrosine Switch on NEDD4-2 E3 Ligase Transmit GPCR Inflammatory Signaling"

JoAnn Trejo, PhD, MBA
Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacology
Associate Dean for Health Sciences Faculty Affairs
University of California, San Diego

November 30, 2018
"Mitochondrial signaling in genetic reprogramming and fibroblast differentiation"

John Elrod, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Translational Medical and Department of Pharmacology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

November 9, 2018
"Insights from the atherosclerosis immune cell atlas"

Holger Winkles, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Inflammation Biology
La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

October 26, 2018
"Immune aspects of atherosclerosis"

Klaus Ley, MD
Professor and Division Head
Division of Inflammation Biology
La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

October 12, 2018
"A female rodent model of early HFpEF: A potential critical role for estrogen depletion in the aged heart"

Francisco Villarreal, M.D, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Diego

October 5, 2018
"Non-Coding Genomic Regulation Identified In Human Cardiomyocytes"

Adam J. Engler, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair, Dept. of Bioengineering
University of California, San Diego
Resident Scientist
Stanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

May 22, 2018
"How do Integrins Work?"

Mark Ginsberg, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, Physician-Scientist Training Pathway
University of California, San Diego

May 18, 2018
"Genetic variant, cellular metabolism, and nanomedicine in mechanobiology and cardio/pulmonary vascular diseases"

Yun Fang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Department of Medicine
University of Chicago

May 4 2018
"NOTCH1 is a mechanosensor in adult arteries"

Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD
Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
Director, Molecular Biology Institute
Chair, Molecular Biology, IDP
University of California, Los Angeles

April 13, 2018
"Understanding the role of T cells in cardiac fibrosis and failure"

Pilar Alcaide, PhD
Associate Professor of Immunology
Tufts University School of Medicine

April 13, 2018

April 6, 2018
"Cardiac Injury and Repair"

Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA
Senior Associate Dean, Research
Vera J. Goodfriend Endowed Chair, Cardiovascular Research
Chair and Professor, Physiology
Director, Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC)
Professor, Medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

March 23, 2018
"Lessons from the heart: New insights into physiology from ion channelopathies"

Geoffrey S. Pitt, MD, PhD
Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute
Weill Cornell Medicine

March 16, 2018
"Adiposity, Aging, and Inflammation: A triple threat in atrial fibrillation"

Jose Jalife, MD, PhD
Cyrus and Jane Farrehi Professor of Cardiovascular Research
Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and integrative Physiology
University of Michigan Medical School
Co-Director of the U of M Center for Arrhythmia Research

March 2, 2018
"Concurrence of Intraventricular Hemodynamic Shear Stress Characteristics and Endocardial Endothelial Transcription Profiles"

Peter F. Davies, PhD, ScD
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

February 16, 2018
"Biased GPCR Signaling in the Heart"

Howard A. Rockman, MD
Professor of Medicine
Edward S. Orgain Professor of Cardiology
Professor in Cell Biology
Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Duke University School of Medicine

February 9, 2018
"Supercharging the Heart: Elevating 2 deoxy-ATP to Increase Myocardial Performance"

Michael Regnier, PhD
Washington Research Foundation Professor of Bioengineering
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Bioengineering
University of Washington

January 26, 2018
"The Emerging Role of Epigenetic Regulation in Heart Disease"

Donald R. Menick, PhD
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology
Director, Gazes Cardiac Research Institute
Research Health Scientist, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

January 26, 2018
"Cellular and Molecular Responses of Skeletal Muscle to Homeostatic Perturbations"

Pier Lorenzo Puri, MD, PhD
Development, Aging and Regeneration Program
Neuroscience and Aging Research Center
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

January 19, 2018
"Signaling Pathways in Cardiovascular Development and Disease"

Mark L. Kahn, MD
Cooper-McLure Professor of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

January 12, 2018
"Cell plasticity and heart disease"

Arjun Deb, MD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology

December 8, 2017
"Hyperinsulinemia promotes diabetic heart failure via transactivation of cardiac adrenergic signaling"

Yang (kevin) Xiang, PhD
Department of Pharmacology
UC Davis, College of Biological Sciences

December 1, 2017
"Dynamics of Distinct Cardiovascular Cell Lineages in Embryogenesis and Adulthood"

Nuno Guimaraes Camboa, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar UCSD

November 10, 2017
"From CaMKII to HDAC4 - Translating Heart Metabolism"

Johannes Backs, MD
Director, Department of Molecular Cardiology and Epigenetics
Professor of Medicine
University Hospital of Heidelberg

November 10, 2017
CANCELLED Veteran's Day

November 3, 2017
"Renal Sympathetic Denervation Protects the Failing Heart"

David J. Lefer, PhD
Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence
Professor of Pharmacology
LSU Health New Orleans, School of Medicine

October 20, 2017
"Engineering Cardiac Cell Fate One Screen at a Time" Implications for Cardiac Regeneration and Disease Modeling"

Alexandre Colas, PhD
Assistant Professor
Development, Aging and Regeneration Program
Neuroscience and Aging Research Center
San Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

October 13, 2017
"Advanced MR and CT Imaging of the Heart"

Francisco Contijoch, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Bioengineering and Radiology

October 6, 2017
"Targeting the proteoglycan switch for rheumatoid arthritis therapy."

Nunzio Bottini, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

May 26, 2017
"Targeting efferocytosis in the treatment of atherosclerosis"

Nicholas J. Leeper, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Medicine
Director of Vascular Research
Chief of Vascular Medicine
Stanford University

May 19, 2017
"A Change of Heart (Function): Regulation of Cardiac Contraction by Cardiac Myosin Binding Protein-C"

Samantha Harris, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
University of Arizon

May 12, 2017
"Loss of protective autoimmunity in atherosclerosis"

Dennis Wolf, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Division of Inflammation Biology
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

April 24, 2017
"Systems Approaches to Cardiovascular Development"

Calum MacRae, MD, PhD
Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School

April 21, 2017
"The role of the co-stimulatory CD27/CD70 axis in atherosclerosis"

Holger Winkles, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

April 14, 2017
"Macrophage Proliferation in Atherosclerosis"

Aldons (Jake) Lusis, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology, Human Genetics, Microbiology
Immunology and Molecular Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles

April 7, 2017
"So You Think You've got a Breakthrough? Practical Tips for Translating Discovery to the Clinic"

Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD
Director, University of Arizona Saver Heart Center
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tuscon

March 24, 2017
"Integrin dynamics during human neutrophil arrest and spreading"

Zhichao Fan, PhD
Research Associate
Division of Inflammation Biology
La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology

March 17, 2017
"Genome sequencing as a tool for studying cardiovascular disease"

Nathan Stitziel, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Genetics
Director, Center for Cardiovascular Genetics
Assistant Director, McDonnell Genome Institute
Washing University School of Medicine

March 10, 2017
"Untangling the TNF-Lymphotoxin-LIGHT Network"

Carl F. Ware, PhD
Director, Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center
Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

March 3, 2017
"Mechanism of non-coding RNA Biogenesis and Function in Host Defense"

Rui Zhou, PhD
Assistant Professor
Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

February 24, 2017
"SUMO in 20 years: From Mechanism to Clinical Implications"

Edward T.H. Yeh, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
University of Missouri Health

February 17, 2017
"Clonal History of hESC/hiPSC-Derived Cells Revealed By Epigenetic Mosaicism"

Ivan Garcia-Bassets, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

February 10, 2017
"Bioactive Lipid Signaling in Human Disease"

Aitor Aguirre, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

February 3, 2017
"Novel mitochondrial and metabolic mechanisms in cardiovascular disease"

Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine - Cardiology and Pharmacology
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine

January 27, 2017
"Engineered cellular approaches to treating adult and pediatric heart"

Michael E. Davis, PhD
Director, Children's Heart Research and Outcomes (HeRO) Center
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Emory University and Georgia Tech

January 20, 2017
"Redox Regulation of Cardiomyocyte Renewal"

Hesham A. Sadek, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiology
J. Fred Schoellkopf, Jr. Chair in Cardiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center

January 13, 2017
"Structure and therapeutic targeting of integrins"

M. Amin Arnaout, MD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Physicians, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

January 6, 2017
"A role for the Nutrient Sensor CRTC in cardiomyopathy"

Karen Ocorr, PhD
Development, Aging and Regeneration Program
Neuroscience and Aging Research Center
Sanford Burnham Prebys
Medical Discovery Institute

December 16, 2016
"iPS Cells for the study of Lysosomal Storage Diseases"

Eric Adler, MD
Director of Cardiac Transplant and
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Associate Professor of Medicine

December 9, 2016
"Regulatory principles governing enhancer specificity during animal development"

Emma Farley, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

December 2, 2016
"Novel roles for GRK2 in Cardiac Function and Metabolism"

Walter J. Koch, PhD
William Wikoff Smith Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine,
Professor and Chair, Pharmacology
Professor and Director, Center for Translational medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Temple University

November 25, 2016
Thanksgiving Holiday! Gobble, Gobble!

November 18, 2016
"Moving the Target - from CaMKII to HDAC4"

Johannes Backs, MD
Professor and Director,
Department of Molecular Cardiology and Epigenetics
Heidelberg University Hospital

November 11, 2016

November 4, 2016
"Prolyl hydroxylation regulates protein degradation, synthesis and splicing in human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes."

Elizabeth (Tish) Murphy, PhD
Head Cardiac Physiology Section,
Systems Biology Center
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH)

October 28, 2016
"Multiplexed Genome Engineering via CRISPR-Cas: new approaches and new challenges"

Prashant Mali, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering

October 21, 2016
"Ca and Calmodulin Signaling in Cardiac Myocytes"

Donald M. Bers, PhD
Distinguished Professor & Chair
Department of Pharmacology
UC Davis, School of Medicine

October 14, 2016
"Lung and Heart Interactions: Lesson s from Mouse Models of Disease"

Xin Sun, PhD
Department of Pediatrics

October 7, 2016
"An emerging pathway at the heart of Dilated Cardiomyopathy?"

Stephan Lange, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego

September 30, 2016
"Calcium Circuits in Cardiac Function and Survival"

Evangelia (Litsa) Kranias, PhD
Hanna Professor and Director of Cardiovascular Biology
Distinguished University Professor
Co-Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence
Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics
University of Cincinnati College of Medical

May 20, 2016
"Role of Shp2 in Development and Disease: from Congenital Heart Disease to Lupus"

Maria Kontaridis, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

May 13, 2016
"Clinical Assessment of Intraventricular Flows"

Juan C. del Álamo, PhD
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

May 6, 2016
"Hexokinase II integrates energy metabolism and cellular protection: regulation of autophagy and mitophagy"

Shigeki Miyamoto, DVM, PhD
Associate Profession
Department of Pharmacology

April 29, 2016
"Immune Regulation in Acute Vasculitis: Kawasaki Disease as a Model"

Alessandra Franco, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics

April 22, 2016
"Injectable biomaterial platforms for treating cardiovascular disease"

Karen Christman, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

April 15, 2016
"Molecular engineering for cellular and reprogramming"

Peter Yingxiao Wang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Institute of Engineering in Medicine
University of California San Diego

April 8, 2016
"Gene Regulatory Networks in Cardiac Form and Function"

Ivan Moskowitz, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Departments of Pediatrics, Pathology, and Human Genetics
The University of Chicago

April 1st, 2016
"Modulating vascular function: microRNA-mediated endothelial stress response"

Zhen Chen, PhD
Associate Professor
Postdoctoral Scholar

March 25th, 2016

March 18th, 2016
"Decoding the molecular pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease"

Jane C. Burns, MD
Professor and Director,
Kawasaki Disease Research Center
Department of Pediatrics

March 11th, 2016
"Genetic basis of congenital heart defects in Jacobson syndrome: Clinical implications"

Paul Grossfeld, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Cardiology

March 4th, 2016
"The Secret(e) of ER Stress and Heart Disease"

Christopher Glembotski, PhD
Professor of Biology
Director of the SDSU Heart Institute
San Diego Sate University

February 26th, 2016
"Kinetics of Sarcomere Length-Dependent Activation: Key to Function: Clue to Mechanism"

William Hunter, PhD
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Friday February 19th, 2016
"PHLPPing out over stress: Regulation of Cell Survival by PHLPP"

Nicole Purcell, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Friday February 12th, 2016
"A New Context for DNA Methylation in Brain, Heart and Muscle"

Eran A. Mukamel, PhD
Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

February 5th, 2016
"3D Genome Organization and its Implications for Nuclear Biology"

Jesse Dixon, MD, PhD
Salk Helmsley Fellow
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, CA

January 29th, 2016
"NAD+-Sensitive protein acetylation modulates cardiac stress response"

Rong Tian, MD, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Pathology
Director of Mitochondria and Metabolism Center

January 15th, 2016
"Cell shape as a determinate of calcium dynamics in vascular smooth muscle cells"

Padmini Rangamani, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

January 8th, 2016
"Look Who's Talking: Cell Communication & Danger Signaling after Acute Myocardial Infarction"

Kevin R. King, MD, PhD
Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Systems Biology

December 18th, 2015
"Cardiac Organelles in Motion: From Vesicle Trafficking to T-tubule Remodeling"

Robin Shaw, MD
Wasserman Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA

December 4th, 2015
"New Therapies for Kawasaki Disease: Interfering with Inflammation & Aneurysm Formation"

Adriana Tremoulet, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Host-Microbe Systems and Therapeutics
Department of Pediatrics
Associate Director of UCSD/Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Kawasaki Disease Research Center

November 20th, 2015
"Actin Cytoskeleton Regulation of Cell Architecture, Physiology and Pathology:
Insight from Red Blood Cells and Striated Muscle"

Velia M. Fowler, PhD
Professor and Acting Chair,
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Associate, Dean for Graduate Studies
The Scripps Research Institute

November 13th, 2015
"Calcium and Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Bench to Bedside Story"

Bjorn C. Knollmann, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics
Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine

November 6th, 2015
"Fibroblast Phenotype Regulation in Lung Fibrosis"

James S. Hagood, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Respiratory Medicine