The Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center Appoints Postdoctoral Fellows to T32 Training Program
Milwaukee, Nov. 19, 2020 – The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Cardiovascular Center has appointed Janée Terwoord, PhD, and Tyler Buddell, PhD, as postdoctoral trainees on the Cardiovascular Center’s National Institutes of Health T32 postdoctoral training program.
Dr. Janée Terwoord earned her Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University in exercise science in 2011, followed by a Master of Science in 2015 from The University of Texas at Austin in kinesiology/exercise physiology. This past spring, she earned a PhD in human bioenergetics from Colorado State University under the mentorship of Frank Dinenno, PhD. Her dissertation focused on the signaling pathways underlying blood flow regulation in humans. Dr. Terwoord joined MCW in the fall of 2020 under the co-mentorship of Andreas Beyer, PhD, associate professor of medicine and David Gutterman, MD, professor of medicine and senior associate director of the Cardiovascular Center, both members of the Cardiovascular Center’s Signature Program in Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. With the increasing effectiveness of cancer treatments and enhanced survival of cancer patients, treatment-related side effects are being discovered in the heart and blood vessels. Dr. Terwoord’s T32 project will investigate the effects of anti-cancer therapies on the arterial health, which when damaged, has been shown to be a significant predictor of stroke and heart attack.
Dr. Tyler Buddell received his Bachelor of Science in biology in 2014 from Knox College and completed his PhD in biology with a focus on molecular neuroscience and genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2019 under the mentorship of Christopher Quinn, PhD. His graduate work explored genetic pathways that have likely roles in the development of autism. Dr. Buddell joined MCW in the fall of 2020 in the lab of his primary mentor, Michaela Patterson, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at MCW and member of the Cardiovascular Center’s Cardiac Biology and Heart Failure Signature Program. Each year over 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack, often leading to permanent damage to the heart tissue. Dr. Buddell’s T32 project focuses on the Hdac7 gene and its role in regenerating heart tissue after injury.
Building on excellence in cardiovascular research, the Cardiovascular Center’s T32 postdoctoral training program, “Training in Signature Transdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences,” is funded by a $1.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that provides support for six postdoctoral training slots each year. The grant provides up to three years of training for appointed postdoctoral fellows in the Cardiovascular Center with an MD, PhD, PharmD, or DO degree. Complementary support for trainees is provided by a grant given to the Cardiovascular Center by the A. O. Smith Foundation for the A. O. Smith Fellowship Scholars Program, a program designed to support talented cardiovascular researchers and physicians to overcome the barriers that exist in launching and sustaining a successful research career.
The ultimate goal of this training program is to train the next generation of cardiovascular scientists, including underrepresented minorities, by incorporating broad-based, personalized, supportive and rigorous training opportunities.
These impressive new appointees join seven other A.O. Smith Scholars in the Cardiovascular Center’s T32 postdoctoral training program, Sakthi Sundararajan, MD, Joshua Nord, PhD, Ryan Adam, PhD, Michael Flinn, PhD, Jing Liu, PhD, Jennifer Stancill, PhD, and Christine Klemens, PhD. Alumni of this program include Moua Yang, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and Pablo Nakagawa, PhD, instructor and recent NIH K01 award recipient in the MCW Department of Physiology.
Ivor Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW and David Gutterman, MD, professor of medicine and senior associate director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW, are co-directors. Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD, professor of medicine and associate director of the Cardiovascular Center, is associate director.
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