Graduate Program

Are you curious about how tumors are able to grow by attracting new blood vessels?

Do you wonder about the mechanisms of how blood vessels are damaged by aging, stress, or our diets?

Do you want to know how the capillaries in the retina are damaged in diabetes and cause blindness?

Are you curious about the growing embryo and how blood vessels are put together?

Have you ever wondered about how the various cells in blood vessels communicate with each other?

These are just a few of the questions that you could explore while doing research in The Vascular Biology Center at Augusta University.

VBC Graduates

Pictured Left to Right:

Back row: Aluya Oseghale, Alec Davila, Steve Haigh, Tyler Benson, Rodney Littlejohn

Front row: Shirley Li, Huiping Lin, Zsuzsanna Bordan, Rebekah Tritz

Vascular biology research is focused on obtaining a detailed understanding of the function of blood vessels at the molecular, cellular, whole organ, and whole organism levels. Diseases of blood vessels are the leading cause of death in the Western World! Thus, the ultimate goal of vascular biology research, is to better diagnose, treat, and prevent vascular diseases.

Augusta University is unique among institutions that carry out this research because we have a formal center for vascular biology research.  The Vascular Biology Center provides a mechanism for encouraging collaborative, interdisciplinary investigation in vascular biology by Augusta University faculty who have common interests and diverse but complementary expertise.

The graduate program in Vascular Biology was established at MCG in 2000.  Our program is distinctive among cardiovascular and vascular biology programs, for graduate education in the United States, in that it emanates from this formal center.  Training is not restricted to one of the classical disciplines but is grounded in broad fundamentals of vascular biology together with several associated fields. Advanced coursework beyond the core curriculum includes courses that emphasize cutting-edge development in the field and popular programs such as a student Observership of a cardiovascular physician's clinical practice.  Students are eligible for support by an NIH Predoctoral Training Grant in Integrative Cardiovascular Biology that is administered through the VBC.  In addition, 7 of 15 current students in the program are supported by individual American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowships.