Cardiovascular Research

Research in the division spans basic science to clinical research to population studies. Investigators focused on basic science advances have laboratory space in the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center located in the Biomedical Biological Sciences Building. The mission for Cardiovascular Research can be found here. Under the direction of Alan Daugherty, PhD, DSc, the Saha CVRC is home to extramurally funded programs in:

Atherosclerosis and aneurysm (Alan Daugherty, PhD, DSc; Vicky King, PhD; Hong Lu, MD, PhD; Venkat Subramanian, PhD)

Cardiac imaging (Steve Leung, MD; Vince Sorrell, MD, Mikel Smith, MD, M. Elizabeth Oates, MD)

Bioactive lipid mediators (Andrew Morris, PhD; Susan Smyth, MD, PhD; Ahmed Abdel-Latif, MD, MSPH)

Platelet function and thrombosis (Zhenyu Li, MD, PhD; Binggang Xiang, PhD; Susan Smyth, MD, PhD,  Adrian Messerli, MD, David J. Moliterno, MD)

Cardiomyocyte biology and heart failure (Ken Campbell, PhD)

Regenerative therapies and stem-cell biology (Ahmed Abdel-Latif, MD, PhD and Michael Sekela, M.D.)

Research is facilitated by state-of-the-art technology for small molecule mass spectrometry (under the direction of Andrew Morris, PhD) and advanced cardiovascular imaging.

The Cardiovascular Imaging Research team is an active collaboration of adult and pediatric cardiovascular clinical imaging specialists (cardiology and radiology), physiologists, vascular biologists, anatomists, and nephrologists. We participate in investigator-initiated basic and clinical research, single and multicenter clinical trials that have an emphasis on cardiac imaging. We are involved in imaging sequence development and quality improvement initiatives. Our major interest is in creating a patient-centered, cost-effective, image-guided approach to managing patients with cardiovascular disease. For more information see

In collaboration with the Lexington Fayette chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Research Team (CVIRT) offers a mentoring program open exclusively to minority students enrolled in Bryan Station High School (BSHS). Students are placed in mentoring teams to guide them through career options in health and biomedical science disciplines and to serve as an adjunct support group for the challenges of high school years and beyond.