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Molecular and Cellular Basis of Cardiovascular Disease
Brian Black, Ph.D.
The heart of the training program is formulation and execution of a substantial research project under the guidance of a primary mentor (links to Program Faculty and program faculty research descriptions). The trainee and mentor will first identify areas and questions of mutual interest. The applicant will then read relevant literature with guidance from the mentor, and together they will settle on one or a few specific questions. They will jointly formulate a research plan including estimated timelines for pilot projects and decisions regarding the probable success or failure of individual lines of inquiry. Postdoctoral trainees are the primary driving forces for their projects and assume responsibility for their execution with the help and support of the mentor and other laboratory personnel. Iterations and changes in direction are expected. Open and extensive interactions within and among Program laboratories with exchange of ideas, reagents, and technology makes for a strong support network.
Prompted by the new NHLBI guidelines and by the success of local “experiments,” we will require that each trainee identify one or more secondary mentors. Secondary mentors may chosen from Program faculty or other UCSF faculty with the advice of the primary mentor and the Program Committee. Secondary mentors make novel perspectives and expertise available to the trainee and to his/her project and foster faculty interaction. They have proven quite useful for KO8 recipients.
Regular group teaching and scientific exchange occurs in monthly Signaling Club, Vascular Biology Club, Lipid Biology Club, and quarterly Training Program Dinner meetings. These are work-in-progress meetings at which two to three trainees in faculty labs present ongoing work and receive input from the community. Attendance at most meetings ranges from 30-60 and represents faculty and trainees from multiple labs in each thematic area.
Postdoctoral fellows are mentored in practical aspects of functioning as a PI. Examples include mentor and trainee separately interviewing technician and trainee candidates or reviewing manuscripts, then discussing their conclusions. Trainees are also encouraged to write competitive fellowship grants and are coached by the mentor and other faculty. A Practice of Science skills course is also offered.
In addition to a mentored research “apprenticeship”, secondary mentoring and research meetings, formal coursework is available. Trainees are strongly encouraged to take or responsibly audit graduate school courses relevant to their areas of interest as appropriate. Courses available to Program trainees include Principles of Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Bioregulatory Mechanisms, Structure of Macromolecules, Developmental Biology, and Biostatistics (Links to PIBS, BMS and CVRI courses web sites). These provide M.D. trainees with the opportunity to acquire a broad basic science background, exercise critical thinking skills, and identify key questions. Permission from course directors should be sought before enrolling. Ph.D.s with robust backgrounds may take only the required Practice of Science and Ethics course and applicable skills and ethics courses for animal- or patient-based research.
Courses in Scientific Writing and the Art of Lecturing provide training in communication skills. The Practice of Science, a practical skills and career planning course developed with input from the Postdoctoral Scholars Association is taken by all trainees.
Lecture and hands on courses offered by the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC; see http://www.larc.ucsf.edu/Training/Training.cfm) provide instruction in the ethical treatment of animals and the basic practical skills and standard procedures used with each species; these are required for animal users.
Myriad seminars by outstanding outside speakers are available. The four main weekly series utilized by trainees in this Program are those sponsored by the two graduate programs (the Program in Biological Sciences and the Biomedical Sciences Program), the CVRI seminar series, and the Gladstone Vascular Biology Series.
Cellular Dynamics and Interactions in IgE Responses and Asthma
Genetic & neuronal networks that regulate fat content
Role of Mfge8 in regulating collagen and apoptotic cell clearance
Transcriptional control of mammalian organogenesis
Transcriptional regulation of heart development
Innate immune regulation of metabolism, regeneration and cancer
Hedgehog Signaling in Mammalian Embryogenesis & Postnatal Physiology
Signaling mechanisms in cardiovascular biology & disease.
Genomic approaches to understanding cardiometabolic disease
Cell proliferation & differentiation
Lipid and energy metabolism
Mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias
Computational methods for understanding ion channel and transporter function
Transcriptional Regulation of Development and Differentiation
Role of the TGFβ-family of signaling pathway in vasculature
Molecular mechanisms of pancreas development, function and disease
Breast Cancer and the Environment
HIV, Inflammation and Coronary Artery Disease
Mechanisms of cardiac regeneration in zebrafish and neonatal mice
Development of neural circuits in metabolism
Molecular studies of potassium channels
Molecular biology of neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels
Molecular Basis for Receptor Tyrosine Kinase signaling
Detection of genetic determinants of cardiovascular disease
Mechanisms of long distance signaling in wing and lung development
Analysis of complex genetic traits
Cellular and molecular aspects of cardiac arrhythmias and vascular regeneration
Hypoxic tolerance, brain-heart-lung interaction, and novel pathways conserved in C. elegans and humans
Investigating the Etiology of Atrial Fibrillation
Pathogenic mechanisms, treatment, and prevention of HIV disease
Cellular mechanisms of angiogenesis and vascular remodeling
Structural and mechanistic studies of ion channels and ion channel regulation
Epithelial polarity and morphogenesis
Mechanisms of arrhythmias
Clinical Decision-Making for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
Intercellular communication in vertebrate development and disease
Chemical approaches to deciphering signal transduction pathways
Infrared fluorescent proteins for whole-animal imaging
Targeting alpha-1-adrenergic receptors to treat heart failure
Molecular and genetic dissection of cardiogenesis & its role in human disease
Epidemiology, Genetics, and Novel Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death
Elucidating genetic determinants of diabetes
Genetically encoding new amino acids to study signaling and develop biotherapeutics
Notch signaling in angiogenesis: mechanism of AV specification
Spatial control of cell signaling during polarity
Growth hormone signaling in lipid metabolism
Drug Discovery,Biomarkers & Engineered Enzymes for Signaling Research
The role of the cellular microenvironment in development and disease
Signal transduction and transcriptional control
Diversification of vascular lineages