The future of cardiovascular research and medicine is here at UCLA.

We have a team of cardiovascular research scientists who are fully committed to clinical care, discovery science and engineering, community outreach and education.

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Theme Spotlights

Yijie Wang, PhD

A new study published in Science and led by Yijie Wang, a postdoctoral fellow in Deb Laboratory, and Dr. Deb Arjun, senior author, professor of medicine and director of the UCLA Cardiovascular Theme at the David Geffen School of Medicine, is promising for those with irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias. The researchers demonstrated that heart arrhythmias are promoted by fibroblasts, scar-forming cells found in scar tissues of the injured heart. Newly identified mechanisms of fibroblast-myocyte communication have clinical implications and these findings may be broadly applicable to treatment of the nervous system. 

Jake Lusis, PhD 

In this recent study published in Science, postdoctoral researcher Yang Cao, Professor Jake Lusis, and colleagues share findings about liver-heart communication via a liver-derived protein, coagulation factor XI (FXI), and the role that it plays in heart injury.

Peter Hanna, MD

Peter is currently a cardiology fellow and PhD candidate in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology at UCLA. As part of the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) program, he used a multiscale approach to create a comprehensive atlas of how the cardiac autonomic nervous system controls the heartbeat.

Jeffrey Hsu, MD, PhD

While vascular calcification is associated with a higher risk of cardiac events, whether modifying calcification improves outcomes is unclear. New studies show that using fused micro-PET/CT imaging in mice allows researchers to better understand how cardiovascular calcification responds to interventions, such as endurance exercise and parathyroid hormone therapy.

Faculty News: NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award

Backed by a $6.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, UCLA Cardiovascular Research Theme members will lead a study of how COVID-19 causes multiple organ failure.

Vascular Biology

Leveraging a UCLA Cardiovascular Discovery Fund Award to study calcium signaling.

Cardiac Injury

Developing displacement analysis of myocardial mechanical deformation (DIAMOND.)

Primary Endocardial Fibroelastosis (pEFE)

A recent study by UCLA investigators solves the genetic diagnosis of a devastating form of congenital heart disease.