Cardiac and vascular systems biology research seeks to uncover mechanisms, and integrating principals, regulating fundamental cardiac and muscle physiology and vascular systems. Investigators in the Cardiac and Vascular Systems Biology (CVSB) track pursue mechanistic research related to how hormones, metabolism, ion channel properties, exercise, and diseases, regulate, or disrupt, cardiac and vascular functions. Students in the CVSB track have research opportunities at all levels of investigation of cardiac and vascular systems, including molecular, cellular, biochemical, structural, biomechanical, immunological and integrative.
Research projects in the CVSB track focus on serious human health problems related to cardiac function, pulmonary disorders, renal abnormalities, endothelial biology, obesity, and diabetes. Research in these projects employs cutting-edge molecular biology, imaging, genomics, ion channel and modeling approaches in cellular, organ, and higher-order experimental systems. Students in the CVSB track will have opportunities to integrate many of these experimental approaches in the pursuit of understanding cardiac and vascular systems biology.