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Ronald Biediger, PhDRonald J. Biediger, PhD
Associate Director,
Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9082;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: rbiediger@texasheart.org

Graduate school: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 1992.
Specialty training: Synthetic organic chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
Specialty and subspecialties: Medicinal chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry.
Research interests: Small molecule integrin and chemokine agonists and/or antagonists.


Chu-Huang (Mendel) Chen, MD, PhDChu-Huang "Mendel" Chen, MD, PhD
Director, Vascular and Medicinal Research
Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9026;  FAX 832-355-9333
e-mail: cchen@texasheart.org

Graduate school: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 1986.
Medical school: Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, 1978.
Specialty training: Internal medicine residency, Maryland General Hospital at University of Maryland; Cardiology fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.
Languages: Taiwanese, Mandarin.
Professional appointments: Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; Visiting Professor and Director L5 Research Center, China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan.
Specialty and subspecialties: Vascular biology.
Research interests: Vascular biology, lipid and lipoprotein biochemistry, medicinal research.


Richard Dixon, PhDRichard A. F. Dixon, PhD
Director,
Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9137;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: rdixon@texasheart.org

Graduate school: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1980.
Specialty training: Molecular biology, Johns Hopkins Medical School.
Research interests: Pharmacology, molecular biology, stem cells.


Todd RosengartTodd K. Rosengart, MD
Professor of Heart and Vascular Disease, Research Scientist, THI
1709 Dryden, Suite 1500, MS-BCM 3900
Houston, TX 77030
713-798-1317; Fax 713-798-6609
e-mail: todd.rosengart@bcm.edu

Hospital affiliation: SLEH, TCH
Academic appointment: Professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine.
Medical school: Northwestern University, Chicago, 1983.
Specialty training: New York University Medical Center, National Institutes of Health.
Certification: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Specialty interests: Minimally invasive valve surgery, gene transfer therapy, cardiac stem cell transplantation.


Robert J. Schwartz, PhDRobert J. Schwartz, PhD
Director, Stem Cell Engineering, THI 
Co-Director, Heart Failure and Stem Cell Research Laboratories, THI
University of Houston
Center for Molecular Medicine and Experimental Therapeutics
369 Science & Research Bldg. 2
4800 Calhoun
Houston, TX 77204-5001
713-743-6595;  FAX 713-743-8351
e-mail: rjschwartz@uh.edu

Graduate school: Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1972.
Specialty training: Fellowships, University of Pennsylvania; National Institutes of Health; Cell biology, molecular and cellular biology, medicine, molecular physiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Professional appointments: Cullen Distinguished Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, head of Center for Gene Regulation and Molecular Therapeutics, University of Houston.
Specialty and subspecialties: Molecular and cellular biology.
Research interests: Developmental and genetic aspects of congenital heart disease; the genetic readout underlying the establishment of cardiac and smooth muscle differentiation; the chemical basis underlying the specification of cell differentiation.


Peter Vanderslice, PhDPeter Vanderslice, PhD
Associate Director,
Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9083;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: pvanderslice@texasheart.org

Graduate school:  University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1987.
Specialty training: Parker B. Francis Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, CA.
Research interests: Inflammation, cell trafficking.


Darren Woodside, PhDDarren G. Woodside, PhD 
Assistant Director,
Wafic Said Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, THI
PO Box 20345, MC 2-255
Houston, TX  77225-0345
832-355-9084;  FAX 832-355-9692
e-mail: dwoodside@texasheart.org

Graduate school: The University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX, 1997.
Specialty training: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.
Research interests: Integrin structure/function, cell trafficking, inflammation.


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