The Future of Cardiovascular Research

November 21, 2016 | 12 - 5p
Li Ka Shing Center
Lunch, science, wine & cheese

Special Guest Speakers

Kelly LaMarco, PhD

Senior Editor
Science Translational Medicine Journal


Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD

The George D. Smith Professor in Translational Medicine, Chemical Systems Biology, SPARK Director

Crystal Botham, PhD

Director, Strategic Research Development & Biosciences Grant Writing Academy, Medicine - Med/Cardiovascular Medicine

Mark Mercola, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular


Debra Rosenfeld, MA, LMFT

Assistant Director of Curriculum
School of Medicine Career Center


Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD

Simon H. Stertzer, MD, Professor; Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute; Department of Medicine Cardiovascular Medicine and Radiology

Andrew Lee, PhD

3rd Year Med Student
StartX and MedX


Postdoc Speakers

Alexandre Jose Soares Dos Santos Ribeiro, PhD

Mechanical Engineering Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Guang Li, PhD

Cardiovascular Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Karina Nakayama, PhD

Cardiovascular Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow (former T32 trainee)

Haodi Wu, PhD

Cardiovascular Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nathan Itoga, MD

Vascular Surgery Postdoctoral Fellow (T32 trainee)

Nicole de Jesus, PhD

Radiology Postdoctoral Research Fellow (T32 trainee)

Tina Baykaner, MD

Electrophysiology Fellow


Junlei "Leo" Chang

Hematology Postdoctoral Research Fellow


12:00    Lunch Buffet

12:20    Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD | Welcome

12:25    Introduction -  Amber Smith | Welcome and Overview

Session 1 - Biomaterials | Moderator - Alex Chang

12:30 - 12:45    Alexander Riebero | Engineering Single hPSC-cardiomyocytes with Microcontact Printing to Assay Contractile Defects Induced by Drugs and Disease States

12:45 - 1:00      Karina Nakayama | Engineering Pre-Vascularized Skeletal Muscle for Treatment of Volumetric Muscle Loss

1:00 - 1:30        Kelly LaMarco | Science Translational Medicine

Session 2 -  Imaging | Moderator: Anna-Margaretha Hedwig Karmann

1:30 - 1:45        Nathan Itoga | Pre-procedural CT Angiogram is Associated with Higher Technical Success in Endovascular Treatment of SFA-Popliteal Artery Total Occlusions.

1:45 - 2:00        Tina Baykaner | Mechanism Based Mapping and Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

2:00 - 2:30        Crystal Botham | 10 Tips for Writing Postdoc Proposals

2:30                    Break

Session 3 – CM/CA+ / Single Cell Analysis | Moderator: Joe Zhang

2:45 - 3:00        Guang Li | Transcriptomic Profiling Maps Anatomically Patterned Subpopulations Among Single Embryonic Cardiac Cells

3:00 - 3:15        Haodi Wu | Restore Impaired Diastolic Function in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocytes from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients by Re-balancing the Calcium Homostasis

3:15 - 3:25        Debra Rosenfeld | Career Resources at Stanford’s School of Medicine: A Primer

3:25 - 3:45        Andrew Lee | StartX and MedX

Session 4 – Clinical/Translational | Moderator: Maureen Wanjare

3:45 - 4:00        Nicole de Jesus | Split Reporters for Imaging the Integration of Stem Cells Post Transplantation

4:00 - 4:15        Junlei “Leo” Chang | Gpr124 is Essential for Pathologic Blood-brain Barrier Integrity

4:15 - 5:00        Daria Mochly-Rosen | The SPARK Program: A Partnership Between Academia and Industry

5:00     Mark Mercola, PhD | Closing Remarks

5:05     Wine & Cheese Networking Session: Lorry Lokey (SIM1) Lobby

Organization Team

Svenja Dannewitz

Tina Baykaner

Mark Mercola | Faculty Lead

Amber Rae Smith

Maureen Wanjare

Chia Yu Alex Chang

Elias Levy Itshak Salfati

Anna-Margaretha Hedwig Karmann

Joe Zhang