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

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.