MCW Cardiovascular Center Research Areas

Pulmonary examination and medication


This group, comprised of Drs. Daisy Sahoo, and Kirkwood Pritchard, fosters collaborative work to improve the content of grants. Dr. Sahoo’s laboratory studies high density lipoproteins (HDL, also known as “good cholesterol”) Dr. Pritchard’s laboratory studies the mechanisms by which chronic inflammation and oxidative stress impair vascular function and induce disease.


Genetic and Molecular Etiology of Congenital Heart Disease

This group includes Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, and Michael E. Mitchell, MD, who are interested in identifying genetic risk factors of heart malformations and in understanding how these genetic alterations impact pathways at the molecular level.

Beating heart

Human Vascular Function

The group centers its research efforts on applying tools to measure the health of blood vessels to determine novel influences on blood vessel health.

Blood pressure cuff


Although it is evident that the common forms of hypertension are multifactorial (polygenic and environmental), little significant progress has been made in identifying the specific genetic basis of human hypertension.


Microvascular Function

The microvascular function affinity group is formed by the laboratories of Drs. David Gutterman, Michael Widlansky, and David Zhang. The research conducted in this affinity group focuses on the regulation of microvascular reactivity in health and disease states.

Pulmonary x-ray


This group will examine overwhelming infections, called sepsis, that frequently lead to lung failure (called Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or RDS). These conditions consistently lead as causes of admission to Intensive Care Units.

DNA strand

Regenerative Medicine

The overall goal of this multi-laboratory investigation is to understand how human pluripotent stem cells, defined as cells that if left to their own designs can develop into any of the more than 200 cell types in the human body, can be channeled to exclusively become heart muscle cells.

Physician treating patient

Renal Ischemia/Reperfusion

The common themes explored by work in the laboratories of members of this group are centered upon the physiological and pathophysiological consequences of renal ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) injury. Renal I/R injury is a commonly employed model of acute kidney injury (AKI), also known as acute renal failure.

Performing research

Stem Cells and Transgenics

The common theme connecting these investigators is an interest in cutting-edge technologies for answering fundamental questions about mammalian biology and disease. Combined efforts in several labs also have goals of developing stem cell technology for engineering genetic changes in laboratory model organisms, developing tissues that can be manipulated and studied in vitro, and understanding organ development.

Performing research

Vascular Biology

Blood vessels are formed by two distinct processes, namely vasculogenesis, which is the process of formation of endothelial tube directly from immature cells, and angiogenesis, which is the formation of endothelial tube via extension of an existing vessel. Vasculogenesis and angiogenesis play critical roles in development and disease.

CVC Research Contact Information

Allison DeVan, PhD
Academic Program and Research Consultant
(414) 955-5617 |

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Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509



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