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Research Expertise & Mentors

One of the greatest strengths of the UC San Diego site is the involvement of our highly successful research faculty who will serve as mentors for the FOCUS program.  UC San Diego is one of the nation's top research institutions, and our research faculty mentors have a variety of expertise in cardiovascular research. 


Research Expertise

The list below shows sample research expertise available at UC San Diego. This is not a comprehensive list, and we encourage you to explore the various UC San Diego departments and their faculty research expertise using the links found at the end of this web page.

  • vascular cell biology
  • caveolae and caveolins
  • cell matrix and cell-cell adhesion
  • signaling in heart failure
  • mechanisms of cardiac disease and development
  • stem cells
  • heart development and regeneration
  • transcription factors
  • mitochondria and heart failure
  • structure of cardiac muscle
  • electrical and mechanical function of the heart
  • mechanobiology and computational modeling of the heart
  • cell survival and growth
  • ischemia and reperfusion
  • cardiac aging
  • genetic-basis of cardiac disease
  • hemodynamics and inflammation in vascular disease
  • cardioprotection
  • etiologies and treatment of congenital heart diseases

Potential Research Mentors

A sample of potential research mentors from a campus-wide pool for the UC San Diego FOCUS program are found in the table and links below. This is not an exhaustive list of available mentors. Applicants to the program are encouraged to explore the various UC San Diego departments and their faculty research expertise using the links found at the end of this web page. 

Note that the pool of mentors is always increasing. If you are a mentor interested in being a part of the FOCUS program, please apply here.

If you have any questions, please email
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Explore Faculty Research

For a comprehensive list of faculty and specific research, please visit the following departments directly:

Also, please visit the IRACDA website for additional mentor choices.

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