About Us

The Center for Cardiovascular Research (CCR) in the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, at Washington University School of Medicine, supports basic research focused on understanding cardiovascular biology and the biological processes that are responsible for cardiovascular diseases. 

One goal of the CCR is to establish novel interfaces among cardiovascular researchers in diverse scientific disciplines, including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Biophysics

Accordingly, the CCR provides a unique research environment for scientists with distinct backgrounds who have common interests in diseases of the heart and vasculature.

Ongoing Research

Current research projects in CCR labs include exploring:

  • Cellular and molecular basis of heart failure
  • Cellular responses to myocardial injury
  • Mechanisms of cell death
  • Roles of autophagy in atherosclerosis and heart disease
  • Genomic predictors of cardiovascular disease risk and complications
  • Inflammation in cardiac injury and repair
  • Inflammation in vascular disease
  • Cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmia mechanisms
  • Cardiac remodeling

Individual CCR labs are also engaged in collaborative work with other CCR investigators and with investigators in multiple departments and research centers at the Medical School and on the Danforth Campus.