PhD in Medical Sciences Concentrations

Cardiovascular Biology

Cardiovascular Biology in the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences is under the broad heading of cardiovascular research, with an emphasis on vascular biology. A concentration in cardiovascular biology provides training in such diverse fields as gene regulation and differentiation in smooth muscle, molecular biology of smooth and cardiac muscle, receptor function and signal transduction in smooth muscle and endothelial cells, matrix, and adhesion molecules in endothelial cell function, cell-cell communication, vascular development and inflammation, angiogenesis, and remodeling. Training includes a unique interdisciplinary blend of didactic coursework, journal clubs, seminar series, as well as significant research experience. The interdisciplinary structure permits considerable flexibility in training; each students’ training is tailored to meet individual requirements. 


This concentration is in the process of being formally added to the Graduate Catalog. However, you can find a sample of concentration courses below. 

  • Cardiovascular Regulation
  • Basic Medical Physiology
  • Basic Medical Pharmacology
  • Structural Biology
  • Membrane Physiology
  • Principle of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Advanced Pharmacology & Physiology

Faculty & Research

Current research interests include: 

  • Determinants of cardiac excitability and arrhythmias
  • Microcirculation, lymphatic biology, cell and matrix molecular biology
  • Role of microRNA in infantile hemangioma
  • Function and plasticity of distributed, brainstem neural networks involved in cardiorespiratory control

Learn more about our faculty and their research interests here.

Affiliated Institutes & Facilities

USF Health Heart Institute

Concentration Spotlights


Recent Publications


  • Assali, Obada & Chang, Mengmeng & Reiser, Michelle & Kanithi, Manasa & Soni, Ravi & Chidipi, Bojjibabu & Noujaim, Sami. (2019). Vaping Perpetuates Cardiac Electrical Instability. 10.1101/862441. 
  • Mong E, Akat K, Canfield J, Lockhart J, VanWye J, Matar A, Tsibris J, Wu J, Tuschl T, Totary-Jain H. Modulation of LIN28B/Let-7 Signaling by Propranolol Contributes to Infantile Hemangioma Involution. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2018;38:1321-1332, originally published May 3, 2018.

More Information

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Please note, students do not apply directly to a concentration. Interested students should submit an application for the PhD in Medical Sciences. Concentrations are typically selected during the first year of study.