Yonathan Aberra inducted to Raven Society

March 22, 2023 By Civelekl

Fourth-year graduate student Yonathan Aberra was inducted into the Raven Society. This is the oldest and most prestigious honorary society at UVA. You can watch his impromptu induction ceremony here. Congratulations Yoni. We are very proud of this well-deserved recognition.


DAAD RISE Fellowship

March 8, 2023 By Civelekl

Mitchell Thomas was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) fellowship and will spend the summer at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf in Dr. Axel Goedecke’s laboratory. Congratulations Mitch.

Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair

March 4, 2023 By Civelekl

Nik, Jordan, Yoni, Lexi, and Kelsey judged middle and high school students’ science projects as part of the Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair held on Saturday, March 4, 2023. The competition featured projects from students representing Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, King George, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Fauquier, and Stafford counties. This was Nik, Jordan, and Yoni’s second year as judges.

Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

March 1, 2023 By Civelekl

Lily Lei, third-year Biology student, and Mitchell Thomas, third-year BME student were awarded the Harrison Undergraduate Research Award. This award is given to only 40 undergraduate students around the university every year. They are the 8th and 9th undergraduate students in the Civelek Lab to win this award. Congratulations to Lily and Mitch.

Dr. Aherrahrou published his paper on the genetic regulation of smooth muscle cell gene expression

January 4, 2023 By Civelekl

The paper entitled “Genetic Regulation of SMC Gene Expression and Splicing Predict Causal CAD Genes” was published in American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation Research. You can see the news about this paper on CBS19.

AtheroGEN: Leducq Foundation International Networks of Excellence

January 1, 2023 By Civelekl

Leducq Foundation awarded an International Networks of Excellence grant to a team of seven scientists led by Dr. Mete Civelek at UVA and Dr. Hester den Ruijter at University Medical Center Utrecht. The network is named AtheroGEN: Identification and targeting of sex-specific mechanisms of atherosclerosis. In addition to the Civelek and den Ruijter labs, it consists of the laboratories of Karen Reue at UCLA, Lola Eniola-Adefeso at the University of Michigan, Jeanette Erdmann at the University of Luebeck, Johan Bjorkegren at the Karolinska Institute, and Ulf Landmesser at Charite Berlin. Dr. David Milan, the Chief Scientific Officer of the Leducq Foundation, paid a visit to UVA to celebrate the award with Civelek Lab members. 

Civelek and Saucerman Lab Collaboration

December 22, 2022 By Civelekl

Civelek and Saucerman Labs’ collaboration entitled “Have yourself a murine little Christmas” won the annual BME Gingerbread House Competition!

New R01 funding from NHLBI

December 15, 2022 By Civelekl

Civelek Lab has a new grant (R01HL166428) entitled “Systems Genetics of Vascular Smooth Muscle Phenotypes” from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insitute.

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