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Welcome to the newest CVB faculty recruit, Dr. Teresa Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine!

Dr. Sanchez earned a PhD in Pharmacology and Cell Biology from the University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2001 and did her post-doctoral training with Dr. Timothy Hla at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In 2008, she obtained a faculty position at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she established several models of acute vascular injury, such as sepsis and stroke models. She is looking forward to expanding her research by establishing new collaborations at the CVB and Weill Cornell Medical College.

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The CVB welcomes Drs. Keisuke Yanagida, recipient of a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and Yu Hisano, recipient of fellowships from the Naito Foundation and the JSPS!

Dr. Yanagida graduated from the University of Tokyo. His background is in biochemistry and molecular biology. His work at the CVB will focus on receptor signaling cooperation in vascular development and function.

Dr. Hisano graduated from Osaka University, then worked as a postdoctoral associate at RIKEN. His background is in biochemistry and genetics, especially transporter of lipid mediators and genome-editing techniques in zebrafish. At the CVB, he will analyze the shear stress-sensing mechanism in endothelial cells.

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Congratulations to Dr. Annarita Di Lorenzo on her two new grants from the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Awards Program for Coronary Heart Disease Research and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute!

Learn more about the NHLBI project entitled "Endothelial Shingolipid Synthesis and Tissue Inflammatory Response."

Learn more about the Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Awards Program for Coronary Heart Disease Research.

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Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Hla, who has just been awarded the Transatlantic Networks of Excellence Program grant from Fondation Leducq!

For more information on the project entitled "Sphingosine 1-Phosphate in Neurovascular Biology and Disease," please go to:

To read the announcement in our departmental website, please go to:

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Congratulations to Dr. Victoria Blaho on her Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellowship!

For more information on the fellowship and Dr. Blaho's research please visit:

Dr. Hla helmed The New York Lipid and Vascular Biology Research Club, in it's 50th year!

As President, he presided over 4 meetings that featured 20 seminars from expert scientists from high profile institutions.

For information on past meetings, please download the symposium flyers. For future meeting announcements, please email to be put on the mailing list.

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The CVB welcomes Dr. Annarita Di Lorenzo as our newest Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Di Lorenzo obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and her Ph.D. from University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the same University in 2004. Her experimental work was mainly focused on vascular dysfunction in type I diabetes.

During her postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. William Sessa at Yale University (2006-2011), she expanded her work in field of vascular biology and inflammation by studying the role of protein kinase B/Akt and reticulon-4B (Nogo-B) in regulating vascular permeability and leukocyte recruitment in event of acute inflammation.

She is excited to begin her research at Weill Cornell Medical College.


Dr. Hla organized the NAVBO Workshops in Vascular Biology 2011 featuring “Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering” and “Biology of Signaling in the Cardiovascular System”. The meeting was held at the Resort and Conference Center at Hynnis on Cape Cod, October 16-20, 2011. There were 350 participants, over 100 talks and more than 175 posters. Many members of WCMC’s CVB attended and presented talks and posters.


Congratulations and best wishes for Dr. Hideru Obinata!

Dr. Obinata has accepted a position as an Associate Professor in Department of Biochemistry at Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine. He aims to start his independent academic career. The university is located around 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. He will continue to work on biological functions of S1P signaling system, as well as, teach biochemistry classes for undergraduate and graduate students.

CVB graduate student, Bongnam Jung, presented her research as a short talk. Dr. Hideru Obinata was awarded one of eight poster awards.

For more information on NAVBO and this meeting, please visit: