5th Annual CVI Early Career Symposium


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5th Annual Early Career Symposium Lightning Talk Winners

Sangkyun Cho, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Lab of Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD

Matrix Mechano-Signaling Potentiates the Reversal of Activated Cardiac Myofibroblasts and Alleviates Contractile Dysfunction in Fibrotic Hearts

Alison Schroer Vander Roast, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Lab of Daniel Bernstein, MD

Modeling Myosin Mechanics and Mechanisms of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes

Francesca Briganti, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar
Lab of Mark Mercola, MD

Using miRNA to Identify New Therapeutic Pathways for Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Confirmed Speakers

David J. Maron, MD

C. F. Rehnborg Professor, Professor of Medicine (Stanford Prevention Research Center), and Director of Preventive Cardiology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Caitlin Bell, MD

Physician Scientist, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dean W. Felsher, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Jessica Tsai Wen, MD, PhD

Radiology Resident, Stanford University School of Medicine

Kyoko Yoshida, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Mirwais Wardak, PhD

Principal Scientist at Genentech
Instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine



Sandra Loerakker, PhD

Associate Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Arun Sharma, PhD

Assistant Professor, Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Smidt Heart Institute, Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai

Clint Miller, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia

Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD

President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Division of Medical Genetics and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School

Jonathan Epstein, MD

Professor, Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Lee Sweeney, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Director of the Myology Institute at the University of Florida

Rikiya Yamashita, MD, PhD

Lead Machine Learning Scientist, Stealth Mode Startup

Abhay B. Ramachandra, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Yale University