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Dr. Chris Orton performing open heart surgery at the CSU VTH

 Dr. Chris Orton performing heart surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Cardiovascular Research Center

The Cardiovascular Research Center at Colorado State University is working to enhance cross-campus synthesis of cardiovascular research and graduate training. In development for almost seven years, the new center will position the university as a leader in cardiovascular research by leveraging the world-class expertise already on campus and building an organized platform for research collaboration and scientific communication. ​​​​​​​​​​​​
 

 Cardiac Physiology & Regulation Faculty

 

Department of Biology
deborah.garrity@colostate.edu
Uses a zebrafish model to research the development of cardiac rhythms and functions in the fetal heart.

​Department of Biomedical Sciences
brent.myers@colostate.edu
Studies the neuroscience of chronic stress and its pathological implications within the cardivascular system.

​Department of Mechanical Engineering
zhijie.wang@colostate.edu
Investigates the mechanobiology of cardiovascular tissues using ex vivo techniques.

 

 Vascular Physiology & Regulation Faculty

 

​Department of Biomedical Sciences
gregory.amberg@colostate.edu
Studies the impact of ion channels on arterial function in arterial smooth muscle cells during pathophysiological conditions such as hypertension.

​Department of Health and Exercise Science
frank.dinenno@colostate.edu
Investigates how blood flow and oxygen delivery control mechanisms in the vascular system become impaired in populations at risk for advanced aging and disease.

​Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
christopher.gentile@colostate.edu
Researches the metabolic and vascular dysfunction that occurs in obesity and Type II Diabetes.

​Department of Biomedical Sciences
brent.myers@colostate.edu
Studies the neuroscience of chronic stress and its pathological implications within the cardiovascular system.

 

 Clinical Cardiology Faculty

 

​Cardiologist, CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
marisa.ames@colostate.edu
Researches neurohormonal activation in heart failure as well as heartworm disease.

​Cardiologist, UCHealth
Areas of interest include cardiovascular disease prevention in people of all ages, identifying cardiovascular risk in athletes and firefighters, and interventional procedures and areas of improvement- from biomaterials to regenerative medicine.

​Department of Clinical Sciences
eric.monnet@colostate.edu
Focuses his research on heart failure and optimizing clinical treatment options for animal surgery.

​Department of Clinical Sciences
chris.orton@colostate.edu
Focuses his research on heart valve pathobiology and tissue engineering through in vitro methods for gene transcription analysis on stressed heart valves.

​Department of Clinical Sciences
brian.scansen@colostate.edu
Studies different comparative aspects of congenital heart disease, advanced cardiac imaging, and optimization of endovascular therapies for less invasive pet treatment options.

 

 Cellular & Molecular Cardiology Faculty

 

​Department of Biomedical Sciences
gregory.amberg@colostate.edu
Studies the impact of ion channels on arterial function in arterial smooth muscle cells during pathophysiological conditions such as hypertension.

​Department of Biomedical Sciences
adam.chicco@colostate.edu
Aims to study how genetic variations in fat metabolism influence the development of cardiovascular disease and Diabetes.

 

 Cardiovascular Engineering Faculty

 

​Department of Clinical Sciences
eric.monnet@colostate.edu
Focuses his research on heart failure and optimizing clinical treatment options for animal surgery.

​Department of Clinical Sciences
chris.orton@colostate.edu
Focuses his research on heart valve pathobiology and tissue engineering through in vitro methods for gene transcription analysis on stressed heart valves.

​Department of Mechanical Engineering
ketul.popat@colostate.edu
Research interets focus on development and use of nano- and biomaterials in biological vascular systems, particularly for drug delivery.

​Department of Chemistry
melissa.reynolds@colostate.edu
Synthesizes materials and artificial surfaces that imitate the natural function of endothelial cells through the release of nitric oxide.

 

 Cardiovascular Nutrition and Risk Reduction Faculty

 

​Department of Biomedical Sciences
adam.chicco@colostate.edu
Aims to study how genetic variations in fat metabolism influence the development of cardiovascular disease and Diabetes.

​Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
christopher.gentile@colostate.edu
Researches the metabolic and vascular dysfunction that occurs in obesity and Type II Diabetes.

​Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
sarah.johnson@colostate.edu
Explores the effects various foods have in reducing cardiovascular and metabolic disease risk.

​Department of Health and Exercise Sciences

 

 Cardiovascular Epidemiology Faculty

 

​Department of Health and Exercise Sciences
kiagang.li@colostate.edu
Studies the correlation between adjustable health behaviors and health outcomes such as cardiovascualr disease.

​Department of Health and Exercise Sciences
tiffany.lipsey@colostate.edu
Focuses research on cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly within the firefighter community

​Associate Director, Colorado School of Public Health
tracy.nelson@colostate.edu
Aims to study various factors contributing to and interventions for improving chronic disease.

​Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
jennifer.peel@colostate.edu
Researches the adverse health effects caused by ambient air.

 

 Contact the CRC

 

Contact: Adam Chicco
Email: Adam.Chicco@colostate.edu​ 
Phone: (970) 491-3605


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 Cardiovascular Seminar Series