Heart function and failure are controlled by complex signaling and transcriptional networks that are just beginning to be mapped out. Our lab combines computational modeling and live-cell microscopy to identify these molecular networks and understand how they mediate cell decisions.
We are tackling a number of unexplained cellular decisions that are fundamental to the development of heart failure. For example, after myocardial infarction, what causes a given myocyte to choose enhanced contractility, growth, or death? Why do certain stresses cause myocyte lengthening, while other stresses increase myocyte thickness? Why are certain forms of heart growth reversible while others are irreversible? Can developmental programs be reactivated for cardiac regeneration? Answers to these basic science questions are being translated into novel strategies to re-engineer the failing heart.
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Congratulations on Angela Zeigler, who has received an AHA predoctoral fellowship! Angela also recently published her paper "A computational model of cardiac fibroblast signaling predicts context-dependent drivers of myofibroblast differentiation." in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (link)
Congrats to Ani Chandrabhatla and Angela Zeigler for winning a Double Hoo research award! They are working together to perform virtual drug screens for cardiac fibrosis. (link)
Congratulations and farewell to Will Richardson, who is starting his new lab at Clemson!
Article including our high-content imaging in GEN: link
2 post-doc positions available: http://goo.gl/qNNltB
Graduate students - apply to UVA Biomedical Engineering here and email Dr. Saucerman for more information about specific opportunities.
Undergrad students - email Dr. Saucerman for more information