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Oscar J. Abilez
Instructor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Bioengineering, biophysical control of cardiovascular development, pluripotent stem cell biology, optogenetics, electrophysiology, cell mechanics, directed cellular evolution, multiscale engineering, microfluidics, computational biology
Edwin Alderman, MD
Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Clinical coronary artery disease: Outcome of coronary revascularization procedures compared to medical treatment. Comparison of coronary surgery with percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA) for treatment of multi-vessel disease. Angiographic assessment of coronary disease severity and angiographic predictors of disease progression and of clinical events.
Postdoctoral Research fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The human placentas are readily available and represent a rich source of novel extraembryonic mesodermal stem cell (hAMSCs) population from young healthy donors. The human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs) are situated at the maternal-fetal border of the placenta and demonstrate unique characteristics, including partial pluripotency, cardiac progenitor phenotype, and immunoprivelege. These features enable universal cardiovascular cell therapy.
I would like to identify the optimal stem cell population for myocardial restoration.
Main focus of my research during my post-doctoral fellowship are
1) modify the immunomodulatory properties of stem cells
2) establish robust tissue engineering platform
3) assess stem cell engraftment/survival and myocardial function using BLI/cellular and molecular MRI
Euan A. Ashley
Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular), of Genetics and, by courtesy, of Pathology at the Stanford University Medical Center
Current Research and Scholarly Interests The Ashley lab is focused on the application of genomics to medicine. We develop methods for the interpretation of whole genome sequencing data to improve diagnosis of genetic disease and to personalize the practice of medicine. We also use network approaches to characterize biology. The wet bench is where we take advantage of cell systems, transgenic models and microsurgical models of disease to prove causality of our favorite targets.
Themistocles (Tim) Assimes
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Genetic Epidemiology, Genetic Determinants of Complex Traits related to Cardiovasular Medicine, Pharmacoepidemiology of Cardiovascular Drugs & Outcomes, Cardiovascular Medicine related Pharmacogenomics, Biomarkers to predict major adverse cardiovascular events, Determinants of Insulin Mediated Glucose Uptake in South Asians
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My current research interests include:
1. Improving outcomes in patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)
2. implementing protocols to improve heart failure outcomes (PI on Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation grant for implementation of a transitional care program at Stanford for heart failure patients)
3. Investigating the relationship between insulin resistance and heart failure
4. Exploring racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease