Our primary goal is to perform significant, innovative research in the general area of cardiovascular-pulmonary biomedicine with a focus on the pathophysiological effects of hypoxia. A unique aspect of our research program is that it emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to allow the integration of cardiovascular-pulmonary responses to hypoxia on molecular, cellular, organ, and whole animal or human subject levels. This permits the association of molecular and cellular mechanisms with in vivo (clinical) relevance.
Our second goal is to prepare individuals holding a doctoral degree in either basic biological (PhD) or medical (MD, DVM) sciences for a successful academic career in research and teaching at a university or medical school. Our goal is that after three years of training, the program's postdoctoral fellows will have acquired the professional insights, scientific knowledge, communication and technical skills, networking, confidence, and perseverance required to establish innovative and productive academic research careers.