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Leadership

The Training Program in Cardiac & Vascular Cell Biology is administered by a training program steering committee consisting of the program director, the co-directors, and eight faculty members. The Steering Committee members have extensive experience in graduate and post-graduate training, as Training Grant Program Directors or Co-directors, or as Directors of a Graduate Program in Life Sciences program or track. The Steering Committee is responsible for establishing the program’s educational policies and curriculum, for determining overall program policies and directions, for selecting the trainees, reviewing the trainees' progress, and reviewing the career development of former trainees.

The composition of the training program's steering committee includes:

  1. faculty representatives of the three unique and integrated scientific features of the Program (e.g. biophotonics & imaging, molecular biology and functional genomics),
  2. the directors of distinct but related training programs in Integrative Membrane Biology and Muscle Biology, and
  3. faculty representing women and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

Our External Advisory Committee consists of an eminent group of internationally recognized individuals, each of whom has extensive experience in graduate and postgraduate training. Dr. L. Gabriel Navar is Chair of the AHA High Blood Pressure Council and a former NHLBI T32 Program Director. Dr. David Kass at Johns Hopkins University is Program Director of a long running T32, and has a rich history of mentoring both clinical and basic science trainees. Dr. Andrew Marks, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the Department of Physiology at Columbia University School of Medicine is also a Program Director of a T32 training program; and Dr. John Solaro is Head of the Department of Physiology at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Program Director

 
Steven Fisher
 
Steven A. Fisher, M.D.
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
 
 

Program Co-Directors

 
Dr. Blaustein
 
Mordecai P. Blaustein, M.D.
  • Professor, Departments of Physiology and Medicine
  • Director, Maryland Center for Heart, Hypertension & Kidney Disease
 

 
William C. Stanley
 
William C. Stanley, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
 
 

Steering Committee

 
Robert J. Bloch
 
Robert J. Bloch, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Department of Physiology
  • Director, Training Program in Membrane Biology
 

 
Bartley Griffith
 
Bartley Griffith, M.D.
  • Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
  • Director, Heart and Lung Transplantation, UMMC
 

 
Thomas Pallone
 
Thomas L. Pallone, M.D.
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, and Department of Physiology
 

 
Martin Schneider
 
Martin F. Schneider, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Muscle Biology
 

 
Terez Shea-Donohue
 
Terez Shea-Donahue, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology & Department of Physiology
  • Track Leader, Molecular and Cellular Physiology (Molecular Medicine)
 

 
Alan Shuldiner 
 
Alan Shuldiner, M.D.
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
  • Head, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition
  • Director, Program in Genetics and Genomic Medicine
  • Director, University of Maryland K12 Multidisciplinary Research Career Development Program
 

 
Dudley K. Strickland
 
Dudley K. Strickland, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Department of Surgery, Divison of Cardiac Surgery and Department of Physiology
  • Director, Center for Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases
  • Director, Program in Molecular Medicine, Graduate Program in Life Sciences
 

 
Paul Welling
 
Paul Welling, M.D.
  • Professor, Department of Physiology
  • Past Track Leader, Molecular and Cellular Physiology (Molecular Medicine)