CVRI Symposium Award Recipients 2022


Award Recipients for Ninth Annual CVRI Symposium – 2022

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Gregg Semenza
Keynote Speaker and Nobel laureate, Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D

The Cardiovascular Research Institute at Baylor College of Medicine recently hosted its 9th Annual Symposium.

The event featured Nobel laureate, Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., director, Vascular Program at the Institute for Cell Engineering, and professor of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The day was filled with scientific lectures and also featured a virtual poster session. The CVRI was able to highlight over 70 abstracts in the poster session and awarded five “Best Poster Awards” to basic science and clinical trainees, and junior faculty. In addition, two outstanding faculty were awarded the Dr. Mark L. Entman Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Education.

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Award Recipients and Poster Presentations


Full List of Award Winners

Mark L. Entman Teaching Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Education
Jason M. Karch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology

Mark L. Entman Service Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Education
Xander H.T. Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology
Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute

Best Poster Winners

Listen to the Poster Presentations


Arielys Mendoza
Mentor: Jason M. Karch Ph.D.
Department of Integrative Physiology
Title: “The Protective Role of Bcl-Rambo in the Heart”

Sara Stephens
Mentor: Christina Y. Miyake, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Title: “A Study of 460 Infants with Supraventricular Tachycardia Utilizes Patient Characteristics and Factors Associated with Recurrence to Create a Clinically Relevant Algorithm for Physicians”

Postdoctoral Associate:

Chang-Ru Tsai, Ph.D.
Mentor: James F. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Integrative Physiology
Title: “Hippo signaling-deficient cardiac fibroblasts promote fibrosis and inflammation in the murine heart via BMP4 signaling”

Clinical Fellow: 

Kimberly Rebello, M.D.
Mentor: Scott LeMaire, M.D.
Dept. of Surgery
Title: “Role of RIPK3-Mediated Smooth Muscle Cell Death in Sporadic Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection Development”

Junior Faculty:

Hu Mao, Ph.D.
Mentor: Christie Ballantyne, M.D.
Dept. of Medicine- Athero & Lipo
Title: “Bone Morphogenic Protein-binding Endothelial Regulator Regulates Pulmonary Hypertension and Vascular Remodeling”