Academics & Research

Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute Seminar Series

Research in Progress

Research in Progress seminars give CVRTI's investigators an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research.

Please explore our seminar series below.

Date Title Speaker Time

Mar 14,


Effect of selective His bundle pacing on ventricular fibrillation activation rates in rabbit hearts

Limitations of current tools to evaluate/predict postoperative atrial fibrillation

Ankur Shah, MS

Muhammad Khan, PhD

Fed 25, 2019

Geometrical Analysis of the Sinoatrial and Atrioventricular Nodal Region in Ovine and Human Hearts

Jordan K. Johnson, B.S. 10am

Feb 14,


Electrocardiographic Comparison of Dobutamine and Bruce Cardiac Stress Testing with High Resolution Mapping in Experimental Models

Novel Metric Using Laplacian Eigenmaps to measure Ischemic Stress from the Torso Surface

Brian Zenger, B.S.


Wilson Good, B.S.


Dec 13,


VDAC2 Impairs Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling During Development and Leads to Heart Failure Phenotypes Thirupura (Anu) Shankar, B.Tech 1pm

Nov 8, 2018

Salah Sommakia, PhD 2pm

Jun 14, 2018

Novel cardioprotective and regenerative approaches for ischemic heart failure Young Sook (Grace) Lee, PhD  2pm

Apr 13, 2018

A Precision Medicine Approach to Atrial Fibrillation


Martin Tristani, MD


Mar 9, 2018

Smyd1 and Perm1 are Key Players in Cardiac Energetics Junco S. Warren, PhD 2pm

Feb 16, 2018

Smyd1a overexpression suppresses functional decline in the adult myocardium Marta W. Szulik, PhD 10am

Jan 19, 2018

Confocal Microscopy-Based Estimation of Parameters for Computational Modeling of Electrical Conduction in the Normal and Infarcted Heart


Aparna Chakkalakkalsankarankutty, B.S.

 Azmi Ahmad, B.S.


Dec 8, 2017

Electron transport chain dysfunction regulates mitochondrial calcium in mitochondrial cardiomyopathies

Salah Sommakia, PhD

Enrique Balderas, Phd


Nov 10,


Myocardial Ischemia and Electrocardiogram Signature: An Experimental Approach Brain Zenger 3pm

Oct 13, 2017

Combining TAC and LAD ligation: challenges in our effort to set up a new small animal HF model

Assessing Metabolic Flux and Pathways of Energy Metabolism Associated with Cardiac Recovery in Heart Failure Patients

Thirupura Shankar, BSc

Rachit Badolia, PhD


Sep 8,


Ventricular fibrillation organization driven by endocardial activation

Clinical factors associated with post operative atrial fibrillation

Nont Panitchob, PhD

Kennosuke Yamashita, MD 

Apr 28, 2017 Identifying Critical Cellular Events in Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion (PhD Research Proposal)

 Katie Sciuto

Mar 17, 2017

Role of Smyd1 in Transcriptional Regulation of Cardiac Metabolism

Epigenetic Regulation of Energy Metabolism by Smyd1 in the Murine Diabetic Heart

Measurement of Point Spread Functions of the

Leica TCS SP8 Confocal Microscope

Amira Sabry


Keiko Cawley


Jordan Johnson

Dec 20, 2016

Altered Mitochondrial Calcium Signaling in a Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathy Model

Salah Sommakia, PhD 12pm
July 28, 2016 Excitation-Contraction Coupling in the Absence of Insulin Receptors in the Heart Natalia Torres, Ph.D 12pm
June 16, 2016 Regulation of Cardiac Hypertrophy by the Histone Methyltransferase Smyd5 Mickey Miller 11am
May 17, 2016 Global Phosphopeptide Analyses Identifies a Profile that Distinguishes Advanced Heart Failure Patients Capable of Cardiac Recovery Following Left Ventricular Assist Device Unloading Christopher Tracy 3pm
April 8, 2016 T-System Structure in Human Heart Failure. Can It Help to Predict Cardiac Recovery? Thomas Seidel 11am
Sep 11, 2015 Structural Remodeling in Myocardial Infarction and Heart Failure: Insights from Confocal Microscopy Thomas Seidel 4pm
June 4, 2015 Modulation of Slo2.1 Potassium Channels by Intracellular Sodium, Chloride and ATP Steven Thomson 4pm
May 21, 2015 CVRTI Research in Progress Seminar Effect of Smyd1a over - expression on hypertrophy and heart failure Chris Tracy & Kristi Russell 4pm
May 7, 2015 Molecular Pharmacology of hERG K+ Channels Wei Wu 4pm
May 29, 2014 Subcellular Localization and Functional Role of TRPC1 and TrpC6 Channels in Rabbit Ventricular Cardiomyocytes Qinghua Hu 4pm
May 9, 2014 N-terminal regulation of slow deactivation in hERG channels Steven Thomoson 4pm
April 18, 2014 Metabolomics of heart failure: dyssynchrony matters Junco Warren 4pm
Nov 14, 2013 Role of Smyd5, a Histone Methyltransferase, in Cardiac Hypertrophy and Failure Michael F.Sheets 4pm
Nov 14, 2013 Utilizing mass spectrometry in YOUR research Sarah Franklin 4pm
Oct 11, 2013 Contribution of IKr to the action potential-rate-dependency revisited Anders Peter Larsen 4pm
Aug 09, 2013 hERG K+ channel pharmacology: insights from studies of concatenated tetramers Wei Wu 4pm
July 19, 2013 The level of glycolytic flux is the key determinant of BOTH mitochondrial polarization AND sarcolemmal excitability during myocardial ischemia. Paul Venable 4pm
July 19, 2013 Extracting features exclusive to mitochondrial membrane potential from confocal images of mitochondrial fluorescent probes. Katie Sciuto 4pm
June 14, 2013 Beta-adrenergic stimulation promotes early electrical failure during simulated VF-induced cardiac arrest Tyson Taylor 4pm
June 14, 2013 Blockade of Na+-sensitive K+ channels alleviates frequency-dependent electrical failure in an ex-vivo model of VF-induced cardiac arrest Vivek Garg 4pm
May 10, 2013 Stretch-activated ion channels in rabbit ventricular myocytes Qinghua Hu 4pm
May 10, 2013 Structural Remodeling of Cardiac Cells in Heart Failure and after Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Hui Li 4pm
April 12, 2013 Epigenetic Modifications and Gene Regulation in Heart Failure Sarah Franklin 4pm
Nov 9, 2012 Translating Confocal Imaging for Intraoperative Discrimination of Cardiac Tissues Chao Huang 4pm
Nov 9, 2012 Cytoskeletal Remodeling of Cardiac Ventricular Myocytes during Heart Failure Lichter Justin 4pm
Sep 14, 2012 Defining the deleterious nature of putative Long QT Syndrome mutations Martin Tristari-Firouzi 4pm
April 13, 2012 Tuning inactivation of ERG/EAG channels Vivek Garg 4pm
Feb 12, 2012 Complex Structure of Electrophysiological Gradients During Long- Duration Ventricular Fibrillation in Canine Heart Paul Venable 4pm
Feb 12, 2012 Role of ATP-Sensitive Potassium Current (IKATP) in the Dynamics of Long-Duration Ventricular Fibrillation and Asystole: Evidence for IKAP-Mediated Polymorphism Tyson Taylor 4pm
Jan 13, 2012 Electrical Depression in Sudden Cardiac Death--What is the Role of Hyperkalemia? Tyson Taylor 4pm
Jan 13, 2012 Detection of Mitochondrial Depolarization Utilizing the Spatial Arrangement of Mitochondria in Cardiomyocytes and the Biophysical Properties of a Cationic Fluorophore Paul Venable 4pm
Nov 11, 2010 Four Mechanisms of Sodium Current Block by Lidocaine Michael F.Sheets 4:00pm
Oct 8, 2010 The zebrafish as a model system for the study of human Long QT Syndrome Martin Tristari-Firouzi 4:00pm
Sep 17, 2010 Na+ currents are required for efficient excitation-contraction coupling in rabbit ventricular myocytes: a possible contribution of neuronal Na+ channel to triggering Ca2+ release from the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Natalia Torres 4pm
July 11, 2010 Effects of Acidosis of Cardiac L-Type Calcium Current Noriko Saegusa 4pm
July 9, 2010 Effects of Strain on Transverse Tubules and Electrical Properties of Ventricular Myocytes Tom McNary 4pm
May 14, 2010 Unidirectional Fluxes in heterotypic gap junction channels can be explained by differences in channel’s pore shape: A Brownian Mathematical Model explains that there are no lobster traps or Maxwell’s demons involved. Abhijit Mondal 4pm
May 14, 2010 A Novel flexible Multi-Electrode Array system allows recording electrical signals from 2 and 3 dimensional cardiocytes tissues. Alonso P.Moreno 4pm
April 9, 2010 Modification of hERG1 Channel Gating by Divalent Cations Jennifer Abbruzzese 4pm
Mar 12, 2010 Gap Junctions and Cardiac Conduction: Is Edema The Missing Link Rengasayee Veeraraghavan 4pm
Mar 12, 2010 Characteristic Frequency Analysis of the Inward Rectifier Kir 2.1 Ryan Rigby 1pm
Jan 8, 2010 3D Optical Mapping of Cardiac Arrhythmias: From Surface to Deep Myocardial Imaging Bogdan G. Mitrea, PhD 4pm
Nov 7, 2008 Slo2.1 potassium channel biology Li Dai 4pm
Nov 7, 2008 Heterogeneous Calcium Handling Modulates Spatio-Temporal Initiation of Premature Beats During Conditions of Calcium Overload Przemyslaw Radwanski 4pm
Nov 7, 2008 Exploring mechanisms of action and binding sites for hERG channel activators Matthew Perry 2pm
Oct 17, 2008 Edema Increases Conduction Anisotropy Heterogeneously Between the Left and Right Ventricles Sai Veeraraghavan 4pm
Sep 26, 2008 New Infra-red Emitting Voltage Sensitive Dye for Recording Action Potential in Isolated Myocytes Mark Warren 4pm
April 25, 2008 Cardiac Gap Junction Channels: News On Molecular Interactions That Affect Gating And Permeability Alonso Moreno 4pm
Feb 22, 2008 Molecular Pharmacology of Cardiac K+ Channels Michael C. Sanguinetti 4pm
Nov 6, 2007 The hERG Potassium Channel and Cardiac Excitability: Making Sense of Voltage Sensing Martin Tristari-Firouzi 4pm
July 27, 2007 The Effects of Glucose and Insulin on the Ischemic Heart Bonnie Punske 1:45pm
May 25, 2007 Repolarization Measurement and Assessment: Novel Approaches for Improving Risk Assessment Robert Lux 4pm
May 23, 2007 Permeability and Gating Properties of Hetero-oligomeric Gap Junction Channels Lacking PKC Functional Domains Alonso Moreno 4pm
April 27, 2007 Studies on Anti-Arrhythmic Drug Interactions with Sodium Channels Michael F.Sheets 4pm
March 16, 2007 Researches in Progress Mohamed Hamdan 4pm
Feb 20, 2007 I. Mechanoelectrical Feedback Mechanisms in Cardiac Tissue II. Processing of Confocal Microscopic Images Frank B. Sachse 4pm
Dec 11, 2006 The Electrocardiology of Myocardial Ischemia Rob S. MacLeod 4pm
Oct 27, 2006 The Role of Interventricular Heterogeneities on Normal and Pathophysiology Steve Poelzing 4pm
Sep 22, 2006 Evolution of Ventricular Fibrillation - A Link Between Cellular Dynamics and ECG Alexey V. Zaitsev 2pm
Aug 18, 2006 The Mechanism of Action of a New Anti-Anginal Drug William H. Barry 4pm
July 20, 2006 hERG Potassium Channel Activators David Fernandez, PhD and Matthew Perry, PhD 4pm
June 16, 2006 The Role of Gap Junctions in Controlling Cardiac Intracellular pH Kenneth W. Spitzer 4pm
May 19, 2006 Three-dimensional Mapping of Ventricular Excitation, Recovery and Associated Potential Fields Bruno Taccardi 4pm
April 21, 2006 Couplon Structure and Function: Consequences for EC Coupling in Heart John HB Bridge 4pm
Stavros Drakos lab