Portage Health Foundation Helps Michigan Tech Grad Earn Prestigious Postdoc Fellowship
With a brand new PhD in Biological Sciences from Michigan Tech, Chassell native Robert Larson is heading for Iowa to do what he loves best: cardiovascular research.
And the Portage Health Foundation, through its health sciences partnership with Tech, is helping him do it.
Larson is one of the first recipients of a PHF Graduate Assistantship that enabled him to focus on finishing the requirements for his doctorate. That helped him win the competitive Lundbeck Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the American Autonomic Society to do research with Mark Chapleau, a professor of internal medicine, molecular physiology and biophysics at the University of Iowa. Chapleau heads one of the world’s premier cardiovascular research centers.
Larson will study hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an inherited condition in which the heart muscle thickens and the heart enlarges, making it hard for the heart to pump blood and potentially leading to heart failure. Current treatments for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy focus on the symptoms—shortness of breath, chest pain and arrhythmias. Larson is looking for new treatment strategies that target the cause and development of the disease.Read the full story.