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NAVBO 2018 Candidates

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Please choose one candidate for President-elect:


Ondine B. Cleaver, Ph.D.

Department of Molecular Biology 
Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Research Interests: Blood vessel morphogenesis and lumen formation, vascular niches, endothelial cell adhesion, cytoskeleton and heterogeneity, and coordination of organogenesis and vascular development.

NAVBO activities: Member since 2007; Councilor (2011-2014); Education Committee (2015-present); Career Development Session: Organizer (2015); Moderator (2014); Co-Organizer/Organizer  – Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System Workshop (2015 and 2018); International Scientific Program Committee – IVBM 2016; NAVBO Twitter Curator (2016-present).  Invited speaker: Developmental Vascular Biology and Genetics Workshop (DVBG) (2004); Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System Workshop (2011 and 2015); Vasculata 2014; Vascular Biology 2017; Organizer for NAVBO Vascular Biology meeting (2018).  Dr. Cleaver also presented her work at the 2008, 2010 and 2012 DVBG workshops.

Related Experience: (Re)Building the Kidney (RBK); Angiogenesis GRC (2019); Cardiovascular Differentiation and Development (CDD) study section, standing member; Vascular Malformations (PRMRP-FP) reviewer; AHA Cardiovascular Development (CDV BSc2) reviewer; Chair, Genetics, Development and Disease graduate program (UTSW); LEAD Faculty Diversity and Development program; Outstanding Educator SWAT Award; UT Women’s Senior Leaders Workshop Program.

Ondine's Vision for NAVBO

I see NAVBO as a truly vibrant hub for the vascular biology community. NAVBO provides an engaging intellectual environment, both at meetings and online, with an overarching goal to advance our understanding of vascular biology, to bridge the bench-to-bedside divide, and to enhance translatability of findings in the field. NAVBO encourages dynamic, fun and interactive exchange of ideas on the cutting-edge science that drives progress and brings together basic and clinical scientists. NAVBO also fosters basic education, assembling information to drive discovery, including its flagship summer Vasculata course, a resource accelerator website, reading lists and EPub alerts, formulating a library of useful YouTube videos, as well as providing a comprehensive listing of vascular biology training programs. NAVBO meetings however make up the heart of the society’s activities, and gearing these meetings to our members’ needs is critical. They have included many facets of the current field, ranging from genetics to signaling, from transcriptional control to basic cell biology, from atherosclerosis to vascular inflammation and calcification. Engaging leaders in the vascular biology community to organize sessions and provide input, NAVBO meetings have promoted productive communication between basic scientists and clinicians. This drives discovery and enlists new talent into the common pursuit of better understanding vascular biology.

I consider NAVBO a scientific and intellectual home. This organization has been part of my scientific life since I was a graduate student. It was an honor to give my first talk as a postdoctoral fellow at a NAVBO meeting. Since then, the community has supported my scientific development, facilitating my interactions with others of overlapping or complementary interests. I want to ensure that NAVBO continues supporting our trainees and junior scientists, their scientific endeavors, and thereby their careers. I want them to feel as I have, that this society promoted and accelerated their work. I believe we are stronger when we communicate and when we enable the next generation of scientists. I will work hard to seek out new funding mechanisms in the face of new challenges to keep NAVBO a vibrant force in the world of research and medicine.

We all know that blood vessels perfuse and sustain every living cell in our tissues. They are center stage in half the leading causes of death in the US, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Therefore, the expertise of vascular biologists is needed in many other fields. As regenerative and personalized medicine makes the news, as we grow new organs ‘in a dish’, those that can understand and evaluate vasculature in both health and disease are increasingly needed. Hence, I believe we have an exciting opportunity to help make a real difference. We need to bring together different types of scientists (biology, medicine, engineering) from diverse backgrounds (academia and industry) and education levels (undergrads, graduate students, fellows, senior scientists, PIs) to make the next great leaps in vascular biology. I would like to help bring these talents together, at meetings and beyond, including the full range from established scientists and trainees, from both academic and pharmaceutical backgrounds.

Outreach, education, community, engagement, resource sharing - these would be priorities for me. Overall, I want NAVBO to continue being a supportive scientific oasis, focused on dissemination of information, communication with NIH on its mission directives, and training the next generation of young scientists.

MarkKahnMark Kahn, M.D.

Cooper-McLure Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania 

Research Interests: Vascular development, hemostasis, lymphatic vessel, vascular malformation

NAVBO Activities: Member since 2007;  Member, Meritorious Awards Committee (2014-2017); Co-organizer NAVBO conference on Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System, 2013 and Speaker at same, 2011 and 2018; Speaker at Developmental Vascular Biology Workshop (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017); Speaker at IVBM 2016; Co-Organizer: Vasculata 2018; 2013 Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology recipient.

Related Experience: 2017 Chair, Vascular Cell Biology Gordon Research Conference; 2017 – present  Director, Center for Vascular Biology, Cardiovascular Institute, University of Pennsylvania

Mark's Vision for NAVBO

I believe that NAVBO’s greatest strength is its commitment to young people interested in establishing a career in vascular biology.  NAVBO conferences provide a critical platform for talented graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior investigators to communicate their science and become known in the vascular biology community.  Strengthening NAVBO’s commitment to early career vascular biologists through support for trainees to attend meetings and opportunities for trainees to organize and participate in meetings would be my highest priority.  A second goal is to make our voice heard at NIH for continued grant support for vascular biology and translation.  Finally, I would like to ensure that our community remains a tight-knit and highly collaborative group of scientists by facilitating communication and movement between labs and the creation of new scientific collaborations.

Please choose two candidates for Council: 

AikawaWeb2018Masanori Aikawa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Yoshihiro Miwa Associate Chair & Founding Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Research interests: Macrophage biology; Atherosclerosis; Vein graft disease; Omics; Systems biology; and Drug discovery

NAVBO Activities: Member since 1994; Member, Organizing Committee, IVBM 2016; Chair, Sponsorship Committee, IVBM 2016 (2014-2016); Chair, Development Committee (2014-present); Organizer, Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System at Vascular Biology 2018.

Related experience: Member of the Executive Council, International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (2008 - present) 



Hong Chen, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Vascular Biology Program
Department of Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital

Research Interests: Endothelial cell biology and vascular remodeling; angiogenesis; lymphangiogenesis; atherogenesis; receptor signaling and trafficking

NAVBO Activities: Member since 2008; NAVBO Membership Committee, Presented in the following NAVBO meetings: Asilomar, 2012, Hyannis, 2013, Asilomar, 2014, Hyannis, 2015, IVBM, 2016, and as Angiogenesis and Arteriosclerosis Session Chair, IVBM, 2016, Lymphatic Forum, 2017, Vasculata, 2017.

Related Experience: American Heart Association, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Woman’s Leadership Committee; Reviewer for AHA Established Investigator Award; Reviewer for NIH R35, SEP and regular study sections; Associate Editor, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine -- Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine; Editorial Board Member, Vessel Plus; 2018 Alan T. Hirsch, MD Mid-Career Investigator Award in Vascular Medicine, American Heart Association 


Zorina Galis, Ph.D
Chief, Vascular Biology and Hypertension
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH

Research Interests: Vascular biology, remodeling, inflammation, translation,

NAVBO Activities: Member since 1994; Member Communication Committee (2010-present); Session Organizer (2018); Mentoring trainees at NAVBO meetings

Related Experience: Member, Several AHA committees; Co-organized many sessions at conferences, stand alone scientific meetings and working groups; Co-lead several trans-NIH and NHLBI committees and other initiatives focused on science; Editor of the NHLBI Science Blog (internal) 



William R. Huckle, M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the Graduate School,
Virginia Tech
Associate Professor,
Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology,
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Research interests: Vascular development and homeostasis, Growth factor signaling mechanisms, Pre-mRNA processing variants and functional pleiotropy

NAVBO Activities: Member since 2003; Editor, NAVBO Newsletter (2004-present); Member, Communications Committee (2010-present); Education Committee member (2015-2018)

Related Experience: Board of Directors, Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties (2016-2019); Chair, Virginia Tech Commission on Research (2008-2010); Admissions Committee, College of Veterinary Medicine (2013-2015); Member of grant review panels, American Heart Association (2004-2007),  Department of Defense (2006-2009)

KumeWebTsutomu Kume, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pharmacology
Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute
Northwestern University School of Medicine

Research interests: Blood and lymphatic vessel development; transcriptional control of vascular gene expression; vascular cell signaling; angiogenesis; lymphangiogenesis; vascular homeostasis and dysfunction

NAVBO Activities: Member since 2007; Representative (2011-present) ; Education Committee Member (2015-present); Co-Organizer, Vasculata 2017; Session Chair, Vascular Biology 2017; Poster Presenter, Speaker and Poster Judge at NAVBO meetings

Related experience: Reviewer for AHA (2009-present), Molecular Signaling, Vascular Wall Biology AAGI Basic Science, National Established Investigator Award (EIA)- Basic Sciences, Career Development Award - Basic Vascular Sciences; Ad hoc Reviewer for NIH/NHLBI Special Emphasis Panel (SEP), Cardiovascular Differentiation and Development (CDD) and Vascular Cell and Molecular Biology (VCMB) Study Sections (2011-2017); Charter Member for NIH/NHLBI VCMB Study Section (2017-2021)


Brenda J. Lilly, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
Center for Cardiovascular Research
Nationwide Children’s Research Institute
Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University

Research Interests: Endothelial cell/smooth muscle cell interactions. Notch signaling, smooth muscle differentiation.

NAVBO activities: Member since 2002; NAVBO regional representative, Poster judge, Presenter at NAVBO meetings - posters and talks from 2003

Related Experience: Have contributed to meeting organization activities including the Weinstein conference in 2017. Served on several local scientific committees and helped with meeting organization.

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Kristy Red-Horse, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Stanford University

Research Interests: Cardiovascular development and regeneration

NAVBO Activities: Member since 2008; Speaker - Developmental Vascular Biology 2014, 2017, IVBM 2016 

Related Experience: Assistant Professor



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