Spring 2018: Seminar Series

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

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


Vladimir Mastyugin, PhD

Mentor: Victoria Bolotina, PhD

“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

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

Mentor: Olga Gurksy, PhD


Erik Taylor, PhD

 Mentor: James Hamilton, PhD

“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)

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


Nicholas Chavkin, PhD

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

“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”