Key Benefits of the Program

  • High impact translational research in cardiovascular and metabolic physiology and pathophysiology
  • Internationally recognized faculty in cardiovascular and neuronal physiology
  • Skilled and supportive mentors
  • 10 American Heart Association and 2 NIH Predoctoral Fellowships in the last 5 years alone. 
  • Collaborative research environment
  • Successful graduates


Admission Requirements

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For Admissions & Application Information Contact

Patricia L. Cameron, PhD
Vice Dean, The Graduate School

Aleesha Waller
Manager - Recruitment
& Admissions, The Graduate School

(706) 721- 3278


Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the US and a major cause of disability. One out of every two individuals will die of a type of cardiovascular disease.

Vascular biology research studies the function of cardiovascular system in health and disease and is committed to a better understanding of the mechanisms of disease and the development of new treatments.

The Vascular Biology Center at Augusta University offers biomedical graduate students a highly diversified and rigorous research program that investigates a broad range of cardiovascular diseases including heart failure, stem cells, atherosclerosis, aneurysms, obesity and diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, acute lung injury and sickle cell disease.

You will be guided by an international team of established, well-funded investigators using state-of-the-art equipment and novel techniques to study mechanisms of disease in animals, cells and at the molecular level.

Students regularly get the opportunity to present their data at national and international conferences. At the completion of your studies, you will be well versed in cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology and scientific communication, mastered essential research skills, submitted extramural grants and have published in one or more major scientific journals.

Our students have a demonstrated track record of success and have gone on to careers at top level research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, NASA, teaching, dental and medical school.


David W. Stepp , PhD  Program Director



 David W. Stepp, PhD

Program Information

David Stepp, PhD
Program Director

Lyndsey Willcox
Program Administrator 
(706) 721-7741


Student Profile | Rodney Littlejohn


Rodney Littlejohn

"Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a subject that is near and dear to my mentor, Dr. Su, and me.  We both share similar personal stories that revealed exactly why we want to pursue this area of research. This instilled in me a great respect for him. Dr. Su pushes me in a way that I have never been pushed before. He believes in me in a way that I often do not even believe in myself. He often tells me to work hard but balance my work and social life, so that I can be as successful as possible."

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