Spring 2018: Seminar Series



Seminar Title

January 9, 2018

Nehal Mehta, MD

National Institute of Health 

“Human Translational Studies of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases”

January 30, 2018

*T32 Grant Trainees* 

Seng Kah Ng, PhD

Mentor: Katya Ravid, DSc, PhD

Vladimir Mastyugin, PhD

Mentor: Victoria Bolotina, PhD

“Newly Identified Mechanosensory Channels (Piezo) in the Megakaryotic and Platelet Lineage” 

“Novel PLA2g6/Ca2+-targeting Approach for Prevention of Age and/or HFHS diet-Induced Aortic Stiffening” 

February 27, 2018

*T32 Grant Trainees*

Clive Baveghems, PhD

Mentor: Olga Gurksy, PhD

Erik Taylor, PhD

  Mentor: James Hamilton, PhD

“Structural Remodeling of HDL Proteins in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus” 

“MR Imaging of Aortic Atherosclerosis and Fatty Liver in Rabbits” 

March 6, 2018

Konstantinos Drosatos, PhD

Temple University

“Cardiac Metabolism: A Platform for Interventions and Treatments of Heart Dysfunction”

March 20, 2018

*T32 Grant Trainee*

Jiyao Zhang, PhD

(Mentor: Naomi Hamburg, MD)

Nicholas Chavkin, PhD

(Mentors: Kenneth Walsh, PhD and Karen Hirschi, PhD )

“Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress as a Therapeutic Target for Diabetic Vascular Dysfunction”

“Cell Cycle Regulation in Vascular Endothelial Cell Specification”

March 27, 2018


*Speaker Cancelled*

Ravi Shah, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital 

*Speaker Cancelled*

*Pending rescheduling*

April 3, 2018

Christiane Wrann, DVM, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital 

“Exercise and Neurodegeneration; Potential Therapeutic Role for FNDC5/irisin”

April 10, 2018

Chiara Bellini, PhD

Northeastern University

“The Biomechanics of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms”

April 17, 2018

Matthew Spite, PhD

Harvard Medical School 

“Inflammation-resolving Lipid Mediators”

April 24, 2018

Howard Chen, PhD

Tufts Medical Center

“Molecular Imaging of Cardiomyocyte Death and Survival”

May 1, 2018

Milka Koupenova-Zamor, PhD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

“Platelets and Influenza: Insights Beyond Thrombosis”

May 15, 2018

Steven Lubitz, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital 

“Atrial Fibrillation: Assessing Risks to Improve Outcomes”

May 22, 2018

Edward Chouchani, PhD

Harvard Medical School

“Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Redox Control Over Health and Disease”

May 29, 2018

*T32 Grant Trainee*

Joshua Walker PhD

(Mentor: Vipul Chitalia, MD, PhD)

Joon Shim, PhD

(Mentor: Victoria Bolotina, PhD)

“Impairment of PLA2g6-dependent Ca2+ signaling in vascular smooth muscle protects against arterial stiffening” -Dr. Shim

June 5, 2018

Mark Lindsay, MD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital 

“An HDAC9-MALAT1-BRG1 Complex Mediates Smooth Muscle Dysfunction in Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm”