Vascular Medicine Institute
University of Pittsburgh
BST E1240
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-5853
Fax: 412-648-5980


Journal Club

VMI Journal Club is held every other week during the academic year on THURSDAYS at 9:30am in BST E1248.

In this meeting, VMI postdoctoral associates and fellows present recent journal articles for critical analysis and discussion.  Articles must be current, and are expected to meet the highest scientific standards of study design and impact.  Participants are strongly encouraged to select papers relevant to their ongoing projects or broadly related to themes in their respective laboratories.

For more information about this conference, please contact Dr. Iain Scott.
For scheduling, please contact Erica Carson.


VMI Research Conferences, Research in Progress Conferences, and Journal Club meetings have been cancelled until further notice. Events listed below in April and May are TENTATIVE.

Please check back here for event updates.




Jan 9

Krithika Rao, PhD   presenting

Saito T, Nah J, Oka SI, et al. An alternative mitophagy pathway mediated by Rab9 protects the heart against ischemia. J Clin Invest. 2019;129(2):802–819. PMID: 30511961. PMCID: PMC6355232 doi:10.1172/JCI122035 

Jan 23

Andrea Braganza, PhD   presenting

Grundler Groterhorst K, Mannell H, Pircher J, Kraemer BF. Platelet Proteasome Activity and Metabolism Is Upregulated during Bacterial Sepsis. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Nov 27;20(23):5961. doi: 10.3390/ijms20235961. PMID: 31783490; PMCID: PMC6928740.

Feb 6


Feb 20

Cody Rutledge, PhD   presenting

Schiattarella GG, Altamirano F, Tong D, French KM, Villalobos E, Kim SY, Luo X, Jiang N, May HI, Wang ZV, Hill TM, Mammen PPA, Huang J, Lee DI, Hahn VS, Sharma K, Kass DA, Lavandero S, Gillette TG, Hill JA. Nitrosative stress drives heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Nature. 2019 Apr;568(7752):351-356. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1100-z. Epub 2019 Apr 10. PMID: 30971818; PMCID: PMC6635957.


Anu Bharara, PhD, MSc   presenting

Hu Q, Zhang H, Gutierrez Cortes N, Wu D, Wang P, Zhang J, Mattison JA, Smith E, Bettcher LF, Wang M, Lakatta EG, Sheu SS, Wang W. Increased Drp1 Acetylation by Lipid Overload Induces Cardiomyocyte Death and Heart Dysfunction. Circ Res. 2020 Jan 3;10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.119.315252. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.119.315252. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31896304.

Mar 5

Julia Chen-Shan Woodcock, PhD   presenting

Laothamatas I, Gao P, Wickramaratne A, Quintanilla CG, Dino A, Khan CA, Liou J, Green CB. Spatiotemporal regulation of NADP(H) phosphatase Nocturnin and its role in oxidative stress response. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Jan 14;117(2):993-999. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1913712117. Epub 2019 Dec 26. PMID: 31879354; PMCID: PMC6969540.

Mar 19


Apr 2

Jimin Yang, PhD

Apr 16

Cristina Espinosa Diez, PhD   presenting

Chen PY, Qin L, Li G, Malagon-Lopez J, Wang Z, Bergaya S, Gujja S, Caulk AW, Murtada SI, Zhang X, Zhuang ZW, Rao DA, Wang G, Tobiasova Z, Jiang B, Montgomery RR, Sun L, Sun H, Fisher EA, Gulcher JR, Fernandez-Hernando C, Humphrey JD, Tellides G, Chittenden TW, Simons M. Smooth Muscle Cell Reprogramming in Aortic Aneurysms. Cell Stem Cell. 2020 Apr 2;26(4):542-557.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2020.02.013. PMID: 32243809; PMCID: PMC7182079.

Apr 30

Steven Yuanjun Shen, PhD   presenting

Legchenko E, Chouvarine P, Borchert P, Fernandez-Gonzalez A, Snay E, Meier M, Maegel L, Mitsialis SA, Rog-Zielinska EA, Kourembanas S, Jonigk D, Hansmann G. PPARγ agonist pioglitazone reverses pulmonary hypertension and prevents right heart failure via fatty acid oxidation. Sci Transl Med. 2018 Apr 25;10(438):eaao0303. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aao0303. PMID: 29695452.

May 14

Evan DeVallance, PhD   presenting

Costantino S, Paneni F, Virdis A, Hussain S, Mohammed SA, Capretti G, Akhmedov A, Dalgaard K, Chiandotto S, Pospisilik JA, Jenuwein T, Giorgio M, Volpe M, Taddei S, Lüscher TF, Cosentino F. Interplay among H3K9-editing enzymes SUV39H1, JMJD2C and SRC-1 drives p66Shc transcription and vascular oxidative stress in obesity. Eur Heart J. 2019 Jan 21;40(4):383-391. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehx615. PMID: 29077881.

May 28


June 11