Current Projects

The team is leveraging their expertise in molecular biology to discover many new ways to improve the treatment of various cardiovascular diseases.

Published in Scientific REPORTS (2018) Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Atherosclerotic Plaque at Clinically Relevant Field Strengths (1T) by Targeting the Integrin α4β1. Woodside DG, Tanifum EA, Ghaghada KB, Biediger RJ, Caivano AR, Starosolski ZA, Khounlo S, Bhayana S, Abbasi S, Craft JW Jr, Maxwell DS, Patel C, Stupin IV, Bakthavatsalam D, Market RV, Willerson JT, Dixon RAF, Vanderslice P, Annapragada AV. Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 27;8(1):3733.

Non-invasive diagnostic imaging technologies

We are discovering novel applications to advance the development of non-invasive imaging techniques to identify atherosclerotic plaques that are vulnerable to rupture or erosion putting patients at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke.

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Developing Applications to Improve Stem Cell Therapy

The team is developing applications that will help improve adult stem cell therapies including enhancing the efficacy of stem cell therapies to treat heart failure and improving stem cell mobilization to make bone marrow transplants more effective.

Stem Cell Therapies for Pulmonary Hypertension & Peripheral Vascular Disease

Exploring the potential of genetically modified stem cells to treat pulmonary hypertension and peripheral vascular disease, among other indications.

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International Exchange Student Outreach

Each year, the Texas Heart Institute Molecular Cardiology Department hosts exchange students as part of a Semester Abroad Program (SAP) at SRM University— one of India’s top-ranked universities. Students spend six months at THI gaining first-hand experience as part of their research training activity under the mentorship of THI staff members.

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