PhD in Medical Sciences Concentrations
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
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
- 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
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- Mong E, Akat K, Canfield J, Lockhart J, VanWye J, Matar
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Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2018;38:1321-1332, originally
published May 3, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.118.310908
For information about the PhD Program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences, contact 813-974-2836 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.