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Post-Doc Associate’s Work Highlighted at AHA Basic Cardiovascular Conference


Monique Monelle Williams, M.D.

Working in the lab of Lina Shehadeh, Ph.D., FAHA, Research Professor in the Division of Cardiology and Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI), Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Monique Monelle Williams, M.D., recently presented her research to the cardiovascular scientific community at the 2021 American Heart Association’s Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Scientific Session.

Dr. Williams’ work in Dr. Shehadeh’s lab is being supported by a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) diversity supplement award to investigate cardiac arrhythmias in a mouse model with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection fraction (HFpEF).

“This award has provided me with my first opportunity to initiate research in the field of cardiology,” said Williams, who is a graduate from the University of West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica. “Thus far, my work with Dr. Shehadeh’s lab has enabled me to induce cardiac remodeling in mice, treat them, analyze their cardiac function by echocardiography, study heart rhythm by implantable telemetry, assess respiratory function by whole body plethysmography, and measure blood pressure by a tail cuff system.”

Dr. Williams’ goal is to become an independent physician scientist by entering a residency program in internal medicine and subsequent fellowship in cardiology.

She intends to apply the knowledge and expertise obtained from Dr. Shehadeh, who is also a Miami CTSI Eureka Translational Medicine Program graduate, and her team to further improve the understanding of the pathophysiological relationship between HFpEF and arrhythmias.

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