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Ronald Biediger, PhDRonald J. Biediger, PhD
Associate Director,  Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9082;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: rbiediger@texasheart.org

Graduate school: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 1992.
Specialty training: Synthetic organic chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
Specialty and subspecialties: Medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry.
Research interests: Small molecule integrin and chemokine agonists and/or antagonists.


 
Chu-Huang (Mendel) Chen, MD, PhDChu-Huang "Mendel" Chen, MD, PhD
Director, Vascular and Medicinal Research
Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9026;  FAX 832-355-9333
e-mail: cchen@texasheart.org

Graduate school: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 1986.
Medical school: Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, 1978.
Specialty training: Internal medicine residency, Maryland General Hospital at University of Maryland; Cardiology fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.
Languages: Taiwanese, Mandarin.
Professional appointments: Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; Visiting Professor and Director L5 Research Center, China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan.
Specialty and subspecialties: Vascular biology.
Research interests: Vascular biology, lipid and lipoprotein biochemistry, medicinal research.



Richard Dixon, PhDRichard A. F. Dixon, PhD
Director, Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9137;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: rdixon@texasheart.org

Graduate school: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1980.
Specialty training: Molecular biology, Johns Hopkins Medical School.
Research interests: Pharmacology, molecular biology, stem cells.



Andrea Gobin, PhDAndrea S. Gobin, PhD
Assistant Director, Regenerative Medicine Research, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-2887;  FAX 832-355-9552 
e-mail: agobin@texasheart.org 

Graduate school: Rice University, Houston, TX, 2003.
Specialty training: Bioengineering, MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Research interests: Pharmacology, molecular biology, stem cells.



Mikhail Kolonin, PhDMikhail Kolonin, PhD
1825 Pressler St., Room 430-E
Houston, TX  77225-0345
713-500-3146; FAX: 713-500-2208
e-mail: Mikhail.G.Kolonin@uth.tmc.edu

Affiliation: Director, Center for Metabolic and Degenerative Disease, Institute for Molecular Medicine.
Academic Appointment: Associate Professor, UT Health.
Graduate school: UT Health, Houston, TX.
Specialty training: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2000-2004.
Research interests: Adult stem cell therapy, brown adipose tissue, cancer, angiogenesis, cachexia, regenerative medicine.


 
Todd RosengartTodd K. Rosengart, MD
Professor of Heart and Vascular Disease, Research Scientist, THI
1709 Dryden, Suite 1500, MS-BCM 3900
Houston, TX 77030
713-798-1317; Fax 713-798-6609
e-mail: todd.rosengart@bcm.edu

Hospital affiliation: CHI St. Luke’s Health, TCH
Academic appointment: Professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine.
Medical school: Northwestern University, Chicago, 1983.
Specialty training: New York University Medical Center, National Institutes of Health.
Certification: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Specialty interests: Minimally invasive valve surgery, gene transfer therapy, cardiac stem cell transplantation.


 
Robert J. Schwartz, PhDRobert J. Schwartz, PhD
Director, Stem Cell Engineering, THI 
Co-Director, Heart Failure and Stem Cell Research Laboratories, THI
University of Houston
Center for Molecular Medicine and Experimental Therapeutics
369 Science & Research Bldg. 2
4800 Calhoun
Houston, TX 77204-5001
713-743-6595;  FAX 713-743-8351
e-mail: rjschwartz@uh.edu

Graduate school: Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1972.
Specialty training: Fellowships, University of Pennsylvania; National Institutes of Health; Cell biology, molecular and cellular biology, medicine, molecular physiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Professional appointments: Cullen Distinguished Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, head of Center for Gene Regulation and Molecular Therapeutics, University of Houston.
Specialty and subspecialties: Molecular and cellular biology.
Research interests: Developmental and genetic aspects of congenital heart disease; the genetic readout underlying the establishment of cardiac and smooth muscle differentiation; the chemical basis underlying the specification of cell differentiation.


 
Peter Vanderslice, PhDPeter Vanderslice, PhD
Associate Director, Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9083;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: pvanderslice@texasheart.org

Graduate school:  University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1987.
Specialty training: Parker B. Francis Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, CA.
Research interests: Inflammation, cell trafficking.


 
Darren Woodside, PhDDarren G. Woodside, PhD 
Assistant Director, Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9084;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: dwoodside@texasheart.org

Graduate school: The University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX, 1997.
Specialty training: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.
Research interests: Integrin structure/function, cell trafficking, inflammation.


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