Mission and Leadership

The UCLA Cardiovascular Research Theme is a David Geffen School of Medicine initiative that aims to facilitate and integrate campus wide research in cardiovascular biology.

The theme encourages research across a broad platform of key cardiovascular issues including basic cardiovascular biology, clinical trials, big data, and understanding key issues regulating equity and disparity of cardiac health care. Faculty, staff, and trainees in the Cardiovascular Theme belong to diverse departments and schools (medicine, life sciences, engineering) and bring together unique expertise in building team science approaches to solving big questions in cardiac biology and cardiovascular medicine. Such team science approaches are being used to address fundamental questions regarding heart failure biology and cardiac regenerative medicine, arrhythmia biology and sudden death, genetics of cardiovascular diseases, congenital heart disease, atherosclerosis, vascular biology, and patient outcomes.

The Cardiovascular Theme has a foundation deeply rooted in the long and proud history of research excellence at UCLA. We encourage your feedback and inquiries as you get to know the Cardiovascular Theme and invite you to be a part of the UCLA mission to transform cardiovascular health.


Arjun Deb, MD

Arjun Deb, MD
Professor of Medicine and Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

“With amazing advances in genetics, stem cell biology, metabolism and imaging, we as cardiovascular scientists have an incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people affected by heart disease. The UCLA Cardiovascular Research Theme will catalyze and facilitate a team science approach in making such a difference.”

Cardiovascular Research Theme Executive Committee

Marmar Vaseghi

Marmar Vaseghi, MD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Medicine

Tamer Sallam

Tamer Sallam, MD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Medicine

Jake Lusis

Jake Lusis, PhD 
Professor of Genetics

Karol Watson

Karol Watson, MD, PhD 
Professor of Medicine

Richard Shemin

Richard Shemin, MD 
Professor of Surgery

Riccardo Olcese

Riccardo Olcese, PhD 
Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology

Cardiovascular Research Theme Scientific Seminar Series 

Rene R. Sevag Packard

Rene Packard, MD, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Julia Mack

Julia Mack, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Cardiovascular Research Theme Scientific and Public Communication


Olujimi Ajijola, MD, PhD 
Associate Professor of Medicine

Cardiovascular Research Theme Trainee Education

Mansoureh Eghbali

Mansoureh Eghbali, PhD 
Professor of Anesthesiology

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