AHA awards fellowship grants to three Vascular Biology Students

From left, Zsuzsanna Bordan, Rebekah Tritz and Tyler Benson are three students in the Vascular Biology Center Graduate Program who received grants from the American Heart Association.

After competing against a nationwide pool of doctoral students, three students in the Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University were awarded 2019 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship Grants.

This year’s winners include:

  • Tyler Benson
    • Title: “Role of adipogenic cell-expressed Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) in metabolic disease”
    • Mentor: Neal Weintraub
  • Zsuzsanna Bordan
    • Title: “PBK, a Novel Regulator of Smooth Muscle Proliferation in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”
    • Mentor: David Fulton
  • Rebekah Tritz
    • Title: “Inflammatory macrophages and retinal neovascularization”
    • Mentor: Brian Stansfield; Co-Mentor: Ruth Caldwell

The American Heart Association (AHA) works to support global cardiovascular health by awarding fellowship grants to predoctoral students who intend to become scientists, physician- or clinician-scientists or embark upon a related career.

Additionally, the AHA is continuing to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke with the 2019 CSRA Heart Walk, Saturday, March 9. Join a million Heart Walk Heroes from across the nation to help raise money for lifesaving science.

For more information about the Vascular Biology Program, grants available or other information contact Sandy Ferguson or call (706) 721-1901.

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