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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.  Not only is UC San Diego 6th in the nation among US public universities with $1.35 billion in research funding in the 2018-19 fiscal year, our research faculty mentors have a variety of expertise in cardiovascular research.


Research Expertise

  • 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.

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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