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MHI Seminar Series presents Boa Kim, Ph.D. Research Associate, Cardiovascular Institute/Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
January 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
|Summary of Seminar: Endothelial cells (ECs), which comprise the innermost wall of all blood vessels, are involved in a broad range of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) that represent a global challenge with high morbidity. Dr. Kim’s long-term research goal is to understand EC metabolism and find ways that improve endothelial function to prevent and cure CVDs. There remains an extremely limited understanding of endothelial lipid metabolism, despite its potential impact on CVD and systemic metabolism. In particular, lipid droplet (LD) metabolism in the endothelium itself and/or its contribution to systemic metabolism and health are largely unknown. For the next five years, using strong preliminary data, solid fundamental knowledge, and her extensive experience in the field, Dr. Kim’s lab will elucidate largely unknown endothelial LD biology in the development of CVDs.