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Medical College of Wisconsin Cardiovascular Center Appoints Postdoctoral Fellow to T32 Training Program

Milwaukee, December 16, 2019 – The Cardiovascular Center (CVC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has appointed Jing Liu, PhD, as a post-doctoral trainee in the CVC’s T32 postdoctoral training program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Liu received her Bachelor of Medicine at Peking University and doctorate in pharmacology and nutritional sciences at the University of Kentucky, followed by a fellowship in the laboratory of Kaikobad Irani, MD, a professor in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Iowa.

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Her primary mentor is Mingyu Liang, PhD, professor and eminent scholar in the department of physiology and director of the Center of Systems Molecular Medicine at MCW, and co-leader of the CVC’s Hypertension Signature Program. With expertise from her doctoral studies on microRNA-204 (miR-204), Dr. Liu will expand scientific knowledge about the treatment of chronic kidney disease by understanding the underlying mechanisms of how miR-204 prevents renal injury.

“This fellowship will provide a novel opportunity to advance the scientific discovery of an important research problem while enabling me to develop preliminary data for my independent research proposal,” Dr. Liu said.

Building on excellence in cardiovascular research, the CVC’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 two new postdoctoral training slots each year. The grant provides up to three years of training for appointed postdoctoral fellows in the CVC with an MD, PhD, PharmD or DO degree. 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.

Dr. Liu joins four current and former postdoctoral fellows in the CVC’s T32 postdoctoral training program: Pablo Nakagawa, PhD; Moua Yang, PhD; Jennifer Stancill, PhD, and Christine Klemens, PhD.

Ivor Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and director of the CVC at MCW, and David Gutterman, MD, Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology and senior associate director of the CVC at MCW, are co-directors of the post-doctoral training program, and Mary Sorci-Thomas, PhD, professor of medicine at MCW, is associate director. Complementary support for trainees is provided by a grant given to the CVC 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.

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