Daniel Howsmon, a post-doctoral researcher working for ICES Professor Michael Sacks, has been awarded a two-year American Heart Association fellowship. He will receive an annual stipend of approximately $49,000 along with a $3,000 support package to help defray his training-related expenses, such as travel to scientific meetings, publications, supplies, and equipment.
The fellowship will support Howsmon's development of heart models with potential to provide fundamental insights into heart valve remodeling, as well as a way to predict the outcome of therapeutic strategies. Heart valve cells play an important role in heart valve remodeling and understanding how these cells are regulated under stress is clearly of significant importance for maintenance of healthy heart valves and to improve approaches to heart valve repair.
Howsmon will conduct his research through ICES' Willerson Center for Cardiovascular Modeling and Simulation, which he joined after earning his Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.