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Education & Training

Post-doc, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Molecular and Developmental Biology, 1995

PhD, New York Medical College, Experimental Pathology, 1992

MS, New York Medical College, Experimental Pathology, 1988

BS, State University of New York Cortland, Biology and Physical Education (Exercise Science), 1986




Awards/ Honors

2020             Invited speaker at Inaugural World CRISPR Day

2019              J. Harold Harrison, MD, Distinguished University Chair in Vascular Biology

2014             ATVB Special Recognition Award in Vascular Biology

2009-18        Adjunct Professorship, Xi’an University, China

2007             Tenured at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

2007             Inducted into the Gates-Chili High School Hall of Fame

2003-07        Established Investigator of the American Heart Association

2001             Elected as Fellow of the American Heart Association

1997             Manitowoc Heart-A-Rama Research for Life Award-AHA, Wisconsin Affiliate

1993             Post-Doctoral National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smooth Muscle Cell Differentiation

1992             Martha Lucas Pate, PhD Memorial Award





Title: “Role of smooth muscle calponin in vascular pathobiology”
Type: R01 HL136224
Agency: NIH
Period: 12/15/18 – 10/31/23
Role: Principal Investigator

Title:  "Function and regulation of TSPAN2 in vascular disease”
Type: R01 HL139794
Agency: NIH
Period: 01/18/19 – 12/31/23
Role: Co-Investigator

Title:  "Transcriptional control of myocardin and the MYOCARDome”
Type: R01 HL138987
Agency: NIH
Period: 07/01/18 – 06/30/23
Role: Principal Investigator