Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Vascular Biology

Doctor of Philosophy With a Major In
Vascular Biology

  • Internationally recognized, well-funded faculty
  • Diverse research possibilities
  • Translational research, leading to clinical trials
  • Clinical shadowing
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Thorough training in cardiovascular biology
  • Training in molecular modeling
  • An initiation into the organization of clinical trials


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.


We welcome motivated and creative students, trained in either biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, medicine or chemistry, who have a heart and a passion for research.