Biomedical Research

Outstanding Research Presentation Awards Announcement

May 27, 2022

We are pleased to offer Outstanding Research Presentation Awards to six early career investigators that participated in our Back to Basics: Pioneers in Cardiovascular Science Speaker Series Lightning Round presentation competitions throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. Our Speaker Series highlights fundamental scientific discoveries across cardiovascular research that are laying the foundation for the development of functional cures for single ventricle heart disease. This year, we hosted a call for abstracts to showcase exceptional students, postdocs, and fellows transforming the single ventricle heart research space. To hear more from our awardees, register to attend the Single Ventricle Investigator Meeting this Fall!

We’re delighted to present our selected Outstanding Research Presentation awardees!

We know that creative solutions come from collaborative efforts. So, our series of events are designed to create a platform for learning, a place for collaboration, and a stage for sharing. In this light, we aim to unite multidisciplinary investigators across the single ventricle research space and bolster a robust scientific community.

This year, we hosted a multi-part virtual speaker series called Back to Basics: Pioneers in Cardiovascular Science that tackled diverse topics within and adjacent to the single ventricle field including Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Biology (Fall Series), Disease Modeling in Single Ventricle (Winter Series), and Innovative and Enabling Technologies (Spring Series). Each four-week series featured outstanding investigators at the leading edge of their fields and culminated with exciting Lightning Round presentation competitions showcasing work from selected abstracts from early career investigators. In each Lightning Round session, meeting attendees voted to select two Outstanding Research Presentation Award recipients – and award winners received an award package including complimentary meeting registration, a travel award, and an oral presentation slot to present their work at the upcoming Single Ventricle Investigator Meeting on October 6-9, 2022.

These awarded abstracts highlight important topic areas across single ventricle science and cardiovascular development including early heart morphogenesis, gene and transcription regulatory networks, and tissue engineering, and bring creative tools, workflows, and test platforms to the research landscape.

We are proud to support this exceptional group of outstanding early career investigators and to highlight the important work they’re doing to advance the single ventricle field. 

Outstanding Research Presentation Award Recipients

Investigator Presentation Title Institution
Sanjeev Ranade, PhD (Fall 2021 Winner) Single Cell Multiomics Reveals Disrupted Gene Regulatory Networks in Congenital Heart Disease Postdoctoral Fellow at Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (PI: Deepak Srivastava)
David Gonzalez     (Fall 2021 Winner) Understanding Mechanisms of Atrial-Ventricular Specification and Differentiation During Early Cardiac Development Through Single Cell RNA Sequencing MD/PhD Student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (PI: Nicole Dubois)
Hannah Moran (Winter 2022 Winner) Persistent Ventricle Partitioning in the Adult Zebrafish Heart PhD Student at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (PI: Christian Mosimann)
Markus Horvath, PhD (Winter 2022 Winner) A cardio-respiratory benchtop model which integrates respiratory biomechanics to investigate the effects of breathing on the venous flow of the Fontan circulation Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Boston Children’s Hospital (PI: Ellen Roche)
Sanchita Bhat, MS (Spring 2022 Winner) Design of a Fetal Valve Prototype for Implantation in utero PhD Student at Georgia Tech, Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (PI: Lakshmi Prasad Dasi)
Shannen Kizilski, PhD (Spring 2022 Winner) Material properties are important for patch sizing in aortic arch reconstruction for single ventricle patients Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital (Co-PI: David Hoganson and Peter Hammer)
Past Speaker Series

The Speaker Series began as a small gathering of single ventricle-centric researchers and clinicians participating in biweekly ‘Lunch & Learn’ sessions. It quickly grew into an interactive virtual meeting of over 130 multidisciplinary investigators committed to advancing our understanding of single ventricle heart disease. Click here to read more about our past series.