Cardiovascular Center appoints postdoctoral fellow to T32 Training Program
Dr. Yang received his Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in 2012. He received his doctorate in cell biology in 2018 in the laboratory of Roy Silverstein, MD, the John and Linda Mellowes Professor and Chair of Medicine at MCW.
His primary mentor for the T32 program is Brian Smith, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry at MCW and member of the Cardiovascular Center’s Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Signature Program. With expertise from his doctoral studies in how blood clots are formed, Dr. Yang’s postdoctoral training will expand scientific knowledge regarding the role of oxidative modifications of proteins, free radicals and inflammation in blood clot formation (also known as thrombosis) within blood vessels filled with atherosclerotic fatty plaques, a common occurrence in patients with cardiovascular disease.
“The long-term goal of my work is to decrease the burden of cardiovascular disease caused by thrombosis and plaque build-up in the arteries, which together, are the leading cause of death and disability in people with cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Yang said. “I am also proud to represent the Hmong community of Wisconsin as a researcher.”
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 two new 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.
The ultimate goal of this training program is to train the next generation of cardiovascular scientists, including underrepresented minorities such as Hmong Americans, by incorporating broad-based, personalized, supportive and rigorous training opportunities.
Dr. Yang joins two other postdoctoral fellows in the Cardiovascular Center’s T32 postdoctoral training program, Jennifer Stancill, PhD and Christine Klemens, PhD.
Ivor Benjamin, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW and David Gutterman, MD, Northwestern Mutual Professor of Cardiology and senior associate director of the Cardiovascular Center at MCW, are co-directors. 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.
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