September 2020 through May 2021

September 3, 2020: "Heart Rate Control with Genes and Cells"

Hee Cheol Cho, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Urowsky-Sahr Scholar in Pediatric Bioengineering

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics, Emory and Georgia Tech

September 10, 2020: “Metabolic interactions between cancer and the heart”

Anja Karlstaedt, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center

September 24, 2020: “Nobody is Immune to Depression: The Biological Basis of Immune Mediated Depression”

Adam Kaplin, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

School of Medicine, John Hopkins University


October 1, 2020: "The Co-Immunity Project - Surveillance of COVID-19 infection and immunity”

Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., FAHA, Professor of Medicine, Smith and Lucille Gibson

Professor of Medicine, Chief Division of Environmental Medicine, Director, Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation Center

October 8, 2020: "Targeting endothelial function to improve vascular health: the case for cocoa flavanols”

Christian Heiss, Ph.D., Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

School of Biosciences and Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine Sciences, University of Surrey

October 15, 2020: “Components of Electronic Cigarette Liquids:  Does ‘GRAS’ mean Generally Regarded as Safe or Generally as Suspect?”

Daniel Conklin, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine

Diabetes and Obesity Center, University of Louisville

October 22, 2020: “A Novel for Brown Adipose Tissue on Cardiac Function”

Kristin Stanford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology and Cell Biology

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Program,

The Ohio State University

October 29, 2020: “How chromatin structure underpins cardiovascular disease” 

Thomas Vondriska, Ph.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Physiology

Division of Molecular Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Laboratories, Molecular Biology Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA


November 5, 2020: “Tumor Microenvironmental Impact on Glioblastoma Invasiveness”

Joseph Chen, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Department of Bioengineering

JB Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville

November 19, 2020: "Epigenomics:  New Paths to Precision Environmental Health"

Andrea Baccarelli, MD, Ph.D.,Leon Hess Professor and Department Chair

Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University


December 3, 2020: “Understanding Peripartum Cardiomyopathy:  from Blood Vessels to Titin”

Zoltan Arany, MD, Ph.D.,Professor of Medicine

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

December 10, 2020: "Metabolic Modulation of Cardiac Hypertrophy"

Rong Tian, MD, Ph.D.Director of Mitochondria and Metabolism Center, Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, and Bioengineering

Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington

December 17, 2020: “The Arrhythmogenic Effects of E-cigarettes”

Alex Carll, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology

Diabetes and Obesity Center, University of Louisville


January 7, 2021: “Airborne Irritants Modulate Cardiovascular Function via TRP-mediated Pulmonary-cardiac Reflexes”

Thomas Taylor-Clark, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Chair for Research

College of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, University of South Florida

January 14, 2021: “Tissue Crosstalk in the Macroenvironment of Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia”

Teresa Zimmers, Ph.D., H.H. Gregg Professor of Cancer Research

School of Medicine, Indiana University

January 21, 2021: “Hepatitis C Elimination:  Making Progress”

Barbra Cave, APRN, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville


February 4, 2021: “Understanding the complexity of T cell immune responses in heart failure”

Pilar Alcaide, PhD, FAHA, Kenneth and JoAnn G. Wellner Professor, Associate Professor of Immunology, Director, Immunology Graduate Program

School of Medicine, Tufts University

February 11, 2021: “How heart scars regulate their own size”

Arjun Deb, MD, Professor of Cardiology; Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Director, UCLA Cardiovascular Medicine Research Theme

Broad Stem Cell Research Center, UCLA

February 18, 2021: Potential Pathways of Air Pollution-induced Cardiovascular Toxicity. A Chicken-or-Egg-Chase

Petra Haberzettl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Institute of Molecular Cardiology

Diabetes and Obesity Center, University of Louisville


March 4, 2021: “Carnosine: the fountain of youth?”

Timothy O’Toole, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Medicine

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville

March 18, 2021: “Characterization of Host-Pathogen Interactions using Single Molecule Sequencing”

Melissa Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

School of Medicine, University of Louisville

March 25, 2021: “Microenvironmental control of fibrosis: a central role of the CCN family of Matricellular Proteins”

Andrew Leask, BSc, Ph.D.Professor

College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan


April 8, 2021: “Cardiovascular Risks of Electronic Cigarettes”

Holly Middlekauff, MD, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Physiology, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

April 15, 2021: “Climate Changes Health: Heat and Cardiovascular Disease Risk”

Natasha K. DeJarnett, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville

April 22, 2021: “Multitarget approach against ischemia reperfusion injury and heart failure”


Shahid P. Baba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville

April 29, 2021: “Wastewater-Based Epidemiology: The Inconvenient Truth”

Ted Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville


May 6, 2021: “Progressive skeletal muscle maladaptation is rescued by hemodialysis in patients with chronic kidney disease”

Christopher Fry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Athletic Training and Clinical Nutrition

College of Health Sciences, University of Kentucky

May 13, 2021: “Co-Immunity- Moving into the next phase of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic”

Rachel J. Keith, Ph.D., APRN, ANP-C, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville

May 20, 2021: “COVID-19 and the Envirome:  The Role of Place”

Ray Yeager II, Ph.D., MPHAssistant Professor of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, University of Louisville

May 27, 2021: "Complement Activation Following AAV Gene Delivery"

Pascal Deschatelets, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Apellis Pharmaceuticals