Postdoc and Instructor Award Recipients

CVI provides training and mentoring to support postdoctoral fellows and instructors applying to independent NIH awards. For more information, please email Crystal Botham, PhD.

Awardee Name
Award Start - End Date | Sponsor | Award Type
Paper Title


Robert Wirka, MD
7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021, American Heart Association, Career Development Award
Mechanisms of TCF21 in coronary artery disease

Song, Dan "Linda"
06/01/2018 – 05/31/2021, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute | F32
Effects of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Causing Mutations on Sequestration of Human B-Cardiac Myosin via Intra-molecular Interactions

Ying Wang, PhD
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020, American Heart Association, Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Role of CD47 in the Accumulation of Diseased Smooth Muscle Cells in Atherosclerosis

Qing Liu, PhD
09/01/2018 - 08/30/2021, American Heart Association, AHA Career Development Award 
Drug-induced Alterations in Metabolic Remodeling and Transcriptional Regulation During Cardiomyocyte Differentiation

Alex Chia Yu Chang, PhD
July 2018 – June 2021 | AHA | Career Development Award
Accelerated Aging in Duchenne Cardiomyopathy

Albert J. Rogers, MD, MBA
June 1, 2018 – May 30, 2019 | Heart Rhythm Society | Clinical Research Award in Honor of Mark Josephson and Hein Wellens
Novel Atrial Fibrillation Phenotypes Defined by Functional-Anatomical, Machine-Learned Classifications

Ning Ma, PhD
1/7/2018 – 6/30/2020 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Determining the Pathogenicity of HCM-Associated VUS Using CRISPR/Cas9 and iPSCs

Ji-Hye Jung, PhD
07/2018 – 06/2020 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Cardioprotective Exosomal MicroRNA Cluster Restore the Injured Myocardium

Soah Lee, PhD
6/1/2018 – 5/31/2021 | National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute | F32
Elucidating Molecular Mechanism of Cardiac Gap Junction and Intercalated Disc Development

Ewa Bielczyk-Maczynska, PhD
7/1/2018 – 06/30/2020 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Targeting Mechanosensing Signaling in the Treatment of Systemic Sclerosis

Nanda, Vivek
01/15/2018 – 12/31/2019 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute | K99
The Role of Leiomodin1 in Vascular Disease

Nakayama, Karina
01/15/2018 – 12/31/2019 | National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute | K99
Spatial Patterning Modulates Tissue Revascularization and Regeneration

Abilez, Oscar John
2/1/2016 - 1/31/2021 | National Institutes of Health | K01
Optogenetic Engineered Heart Muscle for Disease Modeling

Adhikari, Arjun 
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2018 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Effect of Pediatric Specific Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Mutations on Beta Cardiac Myosin Power Generation

Churko, Jared
8/1/2015 - 7/31/2017 | National Institutes of Health | K99/R00
Notch Signaling in Cardiomyocyte Transcriptome Signatures 

Dinh, Theresa Thanh
1/1/2017 12/31/2018 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Transcriptional Control of Endothelial Cell Subtype-specific Expression of Coagulation Factor VIII

Gu, Mingxia
1/2/2017 - 1/31/2019 | National Institutes of Health | K99/R00
Uncovering Compensatory Mechanisms in Family Members with Disease Causing Mutations of Pulmonary Hypertension

Shiran, Hadas 
1/1/2014 - 12/31/2017 | American Heart Association | Scientist Development Grant
Risk Factors for Complications of Inherited Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms

Hunerdosse, Devon
1/1/2016 - 12/31/2017 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Resetting the Adipogenic/Pro-Inflammatory Switch: A New Way to Treat Insulin Resistance

Itzhaki Ronen, Ilanit
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2018 | American Heart Association -- California Affiliate | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Cellular Mechanisms of Arrhythmia in Long QT Syndrome

Karakikes, Ioannis
1/1/2017 - 6/30/2019 | American Heart Association | Innovative Research Grant
Defining Genetic Susceptibility and Molecular Pathways of Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Kawamura, Masahi
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2018 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
A Spatially Superimposed SMC'EPC Bi-Layer Cell Sheet for Microvascular Restoration in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy

Kim, Juyong Brian
8/1/2016 - 7/31/2021 | National Institutes of Health | K08
Regulation of Inflammation and Atherosclerosis by TCF2   

Lee, Soah
9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018 | Stanford University | CHRI Grant
Defining the Requirement of Sarcomeric Protein Alignment in Gap Junction Formation in Pediatric HCM

Lee, Won Hee
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2020 | American Heart Association |Scientist Development Award
Identifying Biomarkers of Low-Dose Radiation Risk and Mechanisms of Individual Radiation Sensitivity 

Lenihan, Colin
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017 | American Heart Association | Mentored Clinical and Population Research Program
The Comparative Effectiveness of Heart Failure Medications in the Kidney Transplant Population  

Li, Guang
7/1/2017 - 6/30/2019 | National Institutes of Health | K99/R00
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Atrial Cardiomyocyte Lineage Commitment

Li, Yingxin
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2018 | Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Cardiotoxicity Study of Nicotine Using a Library of Disease-Specific Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes

Liu, Chun
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2018 | American Heart Association -- California Affiliate | Postdoctoral Fellowship
iPSCs and Genome Editing to Study LMNA-related Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Masureel, Matthieu
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2018 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Conformational Dynamics of Rrrestin-mediated ß2

Nakayama, Karina Harumi
9/1/2016 - 8/31/2018 | National Institutes of Health | F32 Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award
Nanoscale Extracellular Matrix Alters Endothelial Function Under Disturbed Flow

Nanda, Vivek
1/1/2015 - 12/31/2017 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Role of CDKN2B in TGFB-dependent SMC Recruitment to Ischemic Blood Vessels 

Oikonomopoulos, Angelos
7/1/2017 - 6/30/2020 | American Heart Association | Scientist Development Award
Deciphering Genotype-Phenotype Association in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Ong, Sang Ging
8/15/2016 - 7/31/2018 | National Institutes of Health | K99/R00
Cardiac Mitohormesis Protects Against Diabetic Cardiomyopathy Through Mitophagy  

Paulsen, Michael
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2018 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
A Novel Photon-Powered Cardiac Energetics System to Rescue Myocardium from Ischemia

Qin, Xulei
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019 | American Heart Association -- California Affiliate | Other
Noninvasive Measurement of Myocardial Properties for Early Detection of HFpEF

Sallam, Karim
7/1/2016 - 6/30/2021 | American Heart Association | Fellow to Faculty
Patient Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes to Elucidate Single-Cell Phenotype of Brugada Syndrome

Sayed, Nazish
6/1/2015 - 6/30/2017 | American Heart Association | Scientist Development Award
Novel Regulators to Enhance Safer iPSC Derivation and Differentiation to EC

Sayed, Nazish
1/6/2017 - 12/31/2021 | National Institutes of Health | K01
Modeling Endothelial Dysfunction in LMNA-related Cardiomyopathy

Serpooshan, Vahid
1/15/2016 - 12/31/2017 | National Institutes of Health | K99/R00
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neonatal Cardiac Development and Repair  

Simsek, Deniz
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Defining the Translational Landscape of Gene Regulation and Specialized Ribosomes During Cardiac Differentiation

Stary, Creed
7/1/2014 - 6/30/2019 | American Heart Association | Fellow-to-Faculty
Transition Award Preserving Mitochondrial Function with microRNA-200c to Improve Stroke Outcome

Trivedi, Darshan
1/1/2017 - 12/31/2018 | American Heart Association | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Uncovering the Underlying Molecular Basis of Hyper-contractility caused by HCM Mutations

Wahlquist, Christine
6/3/2016 - 6/2/2019 | National Institutes of Health | NRSA/F32
Identification of Therapeutic target miRNAs Involved in Altered Calcium Handling in Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Wu, HaoDi
5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019 | National Institutes of Health | K99/R00
Epigenetic Regulation of PDE Signaling in Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Yuan, Ke
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2019 | American Heart Association | Scientist Development Grant
Role of Wnt/Beta-catenin Signaling in the Pathobiology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension