Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory

The winning team for both first place and People's Choice, from left, Maelene Wong, biomedical engineering graduate student; Leigh Griffiths, assistant professor of veterinary medicine and epidemiology; Jeni Lee, biomedical engineering graduate student; and Gina MacBarb, biomedical engineering graduate student. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo)

News and Awards

January 2016

Welcome to Dr. Jeny Shklover who starts her post-doctoral fellowship with Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory in vessel and endothelial cell development.

Congratulations to Jenny Chang and Ailsa Dalgliesh on their publication Cardiac extracellular matrix proteomics: challenges, techniques, and clinical implications published in Proteomics: Clinical Applications. 

December 2015

Congratulations to the Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory which received the patent 9220733 pertaining to the solubilization of antigen components for removal from tissues.

November 2015

Congratulations to Ailsa Dalgliesh for successfully completing her Qualifying Exam for Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology.

October 2015

Ailsa Dalgliesh and Katherine Gates attended their first national conference with the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Tampa, FL. Ailsa presented her poster Magnesium presence prevents removal of nuclear-associated protein antigens from bovine pericardium for heart valve engineering. Katherine presented her poster on Mechanistic analysis of lymphocyte responses toward native and antigen-removed xenogeneic myocardium.

Congratulations to Dr. Arzi, Dr. Nolta, Dr. Griffiths, Dr. Murphy and Dr. Borjesson on their Science article Companion animals: translational scientist's new best friends

September 2015

Congratulations to Jenny Chang on successfully completing her post-doctoral fellowship with the Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory.

August 2015

Congratulations to Angela Papalamprou for successfully completing her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology with an emphasis in biotechnology. 

July 2015

Congratulations to Katherine Gates for receiving the Yearlong Exposure to Advanced Research (YEAR) Program for the second time. Katherine will continue with her research in antigen identification and cellular immune respones to xenogeneic materials.

Congratulations to Angela Papalamprou for publishing Cardiac extracellular matrix scaffold generated using sarcomeric disassembly and antigen removal published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

June 2015

Congratulations to Derek Hanes, Maelene Wong and Jenny Chang on their publication Embolization of the first diagonal branch of the left anterior descending coronary artery as a porcine model of chronic trans-mural myocardial infarction published in Journal of Translational Medicine. 

Big well done to Derek Hanes on completing his one year post-doctoral fellowship. Derek is off to Colorado State University to undertake his residency in Cardiovascular Surgery.

May 2015

Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory officially moves into its larger and much improved laboratory space of 1700 square feet with two cell culture rooms, microscopy room, proteomics area and biomechanical testing area.

March 2015

Kathering Gates again is awarded UC Davis' Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR) Program.

February 2015

Maelene Wong presented at the Vascular Care Conference and participated in the year-long Frontiers in University Training to Unlock the Research Enterprise workshop (FUTURE). 

November 2014

Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory proudly welcomes Zhizhao Liu who is our new post-doctoral fellowship.  Zhizhao's research will focus on the assessment of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cell recellularization on animal derived scaffolds following antigen removal and the underlying mechanisms. 

July 2014

Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory proudly welcomes Alycia Cook who is our new junior specialist. Alycia will be assisting both Ailsa Dalgliesh and Angela Papalamprou in their projects as well as pursuing her own research.

Congratulations to Katherine Gates for receiving the Yearlong Exposure to Advanced Research (YEAR) Program; a T32-predoctoral training grant which provides dual D.V.M. and Ph.D. students with the opportunity to experience animal-oriented and hypothesis-driven biomedical research. Katherine will be conducting antigen identification and cellular immune respone to xenogeneic materials.

June 2014

Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory would like to welcome Derek Hanes who will be completing a one year post-doctoral fellowship developing a porcine model of chronic trans-mural myocardial infarction.

May 2014

Jenny Chang receives her postdoc fellowship through the Stem Cell Training Program from CIRM - California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

March 2014

Kathering Gates receives summer funding to start her reseach with the Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory via UC Davis' Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR) Program.

January 2014

Maelene Wong has her review paper Immunogenicity in Xenogeneic Scaffold Generation published in the international journal Acta Biomaterialia.

July 2013

Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory receives an NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01) to work on tissue engineered heart valves.

Angela Papalamprou is awarded the prestigious American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.

Ailsa Dalgliesh joins Griffiths Laboratory to start her PhD research within the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology program at University of California, Davis. She will be working on tissue engineered heart valves alongside Maelene Wong and Dr Griffiths.

May 2013

Griffiths Cardiovascular Research Laboratory and colleagues' new approach to heart valve replacement wins at Big Bang! business competition.

April 2013

Maelene Wong completes her PhD in biomedical engineering. She will continue to work in Griffiths Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow.

February 2013

Jenny Chang joins Griffiths Laboratory to start her research in working on developmental changes in cardiac ECM and recellularization of myocardial patches after antigen removal.