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Independence Blue Cross Cardiovascular Research Center


cardiovascular research center

News and Announcements



  • Abdel Karim Sabri received a promotion to Associate Professor
  • Ying Ying Mao has transitioned from graduate student to postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Kunapuli's laboratory

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Recent Awards


Please join us in congratulating the members of our department for the following awards:


  • Steven Houser is Temple University School of Medicine's first recipient of the NHLBI Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award.  This prestigious 10-year research support award is only given at most to 7 investigators each year.
  • Wen Chen was awarded an Administrative Supplement from ARRA funds
  • Satoru Eguchi received a competitive renewal from the NIH
  • Laurie Kilpatrick has been awarded a Bridge grant from the NIH
  • K. Chul Kim received an R21 award from the NIH
  • Victor Rizzo was awarded an AHA Grant-In-Aid
  • Ronald Tuma has received an NIH grant with Dr. Ganea
  • Marla Wolfson and Thomas Shaffer has received additional external support from the Discovery Labs and Draeger
  • Marla Wolfson has partnered with Nina Gentile for a clinical trial study that is funded by Vapotherm
  • Tony Cuneo received the Ruth L. Kirstein National Research Service Award from the NHLBI
  • Yingxin Li was awarded a predoctoral AHA grant

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Welcome New Members


  • Danielle Feather has joined Dr. Scalia's lab as a lab assistant
  • Hui Guo has joined the Houser lab as a postdoctoral fellow
  • Masahiro Horiuchi has joined the Scalia lab as an assistant scientist
  • Thomas Kannanayakal has joined the Scalia lab as a research technician
  • Kristina Koble has joined the Houser lab as a lab technician
  • Saha Prodgyaparamita has joined Dr. Kunapuli's lab as a visiting scholar
  • Shaung Sun has joined Dr. Kilpatrick's lab as a lab technician
  • Christopher Szeto has joined Dr. Chen's lab as a lab technician
  • Emily J. Tsai, MD has joined the faculty in the CVRC with her primary appointment in the Section of Cardiology
  • Akita Takaguri has joined the Eguchi lab as a part time technician
  • Nazanin Tousi has joined the Rizzo lab as a lab technician
  • Tsuyoshi Umehara has recently joined Dr. Kim's lab as a postdoctoral fellow
  • Shuyun Xu has joined Dr. Kim's lab as a postdoctoral fellow
  • Ting Zhang joined Dr. Kilpatrick's lab as a senior research assistant

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2009 Physiology Graduate Students
Larry Barr

Ursinus College


Dheeraj Bhavanasi

P.B. Siddartha College of Arts and Science University of Hyderbed, India  - B.Sc, M.Sc

Yinzheng Guan

Northeast Agricultural University

Harbin, China - BA

Veronica Meriweather

Millersville University


Hongbo LI

Xi" an Medical University, Xi" an,

Shaanxi Province, P.R. China - MD

Foram Udeshi

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond VA - BS

Fang Wang

Clemson University

Clemson, SC - BS, MS


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