Current Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar Speakers

Coming soon will be more information on our upcoming guest speakers and Work in Progress Seminar presenters for the Spring 2020 semester.  

The WCVI website will be regularly updated as we schedule our 2020 Seminar Series. 

 Seminars will resume after December Intersession. 


January 7, 2020 

“Regulation of Cardiac Gene Expression and Function by miRNAs”

Da-Zhi Wang, PhD
Basic and Translational Cardiovascular Research
Department of Cardiology
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

January 14, 2020

“Why Moms and Dads Should Exercise: Molecular Discoveries of the Beneficial Effects of Parental Exercise on Offspring Health

Laurie Goodyear, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Section Head and Senior Investigator
Joslin Diabetes Center

January 21, 2020

“Redox Regulation of Ischemic Limb Vascularization”

Beatriz Ferran Perez, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentor: Reiko Matsui, MD

T32 Grant Trainee

January 28, 2020


“Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Lung Development and Disease”

Darrell Kotton, MD
David C. Seldin Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM)
Boston University and Boston Medical Center

February 11, 2020

“Systems Approach to Target Discovery for Macrophage-mediated Vascular Inflammation” 

Masanori Aikawa, MD, PhD
Yoshihiro Miwa Associate Chair & Founding Director
Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences
Principal Investigator, Center for Excellence in Vascular Biology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

February 18, 2020

“Crosstalk Between Cardiac Fibroblasts and Myeloid Cells Low Fli1 and Effects on Cardiac Fibrosis”

Fatima El-Adili, MD Postdoctoral Fellow

Mentor: Andreea Bujor, MD

The Role of Microglial-Mediated PVN Inflammation in Gαi2 Protein Dependent Salt Sensitive Hypertension”

Jesse Moreira

2nd year Physiology PhD Candidate in Dr. Richard Wainford’s lab. 

March 3, 2020

“Turning Trash to Treasure: Targeting non-coding RNAs in Vascular Disease”

Mark W. Feinberg, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Program in Cardiovascular RNA Biology
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

March 10, 2020


“Biology and Mechanism of Action of A New Class of Lipids with Anti-diabetic and Anti-inflammatory Effects”

Barbara Kahn, MD

Professor of Medicine

HMS,Vice-Chair for Research Strategy

Department of Medicine, BIDMC

March 17, 2020

*This seminar will be conducted via Zoom. Please email for instructions to access the Zoom session* 

 “The Grant as a Mechanism for Program Building: Finding the Secret Sauces Needed to Create a Feast” 

Susan Cheng, MD, MMSc, MPH
Director, Public Health Research
Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

March 24, 2020


“Title to be announced” 

Elena Aikawa, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, Heart Valve Translational Research Program
Associate Head, Section of Cardiovascular Life Sciences
Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Vascular Biology Program
Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences

March 31, 2020


“Investigating (heart) Disease Mechanisms Using Systems Proteomics” 

Andrew Emili, PhD

Director; Center for Network Systems Biology
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Biology
Boston University and Boston University School of Medicine

April 21, 2020

“Finding the Molecular Mechanisms Behind Bcl11b Regulation of Vascular Function” 

Joel May, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentor: Francesca Seta, PhD

T32 Grant Trainee

To learn more about our post doctoral training, please visit the Whitaker Cardiovascular Training Program website.

Seminars are held in the Evans Biomedical Research Center (700 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118), room X715 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m

More Information

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