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Each trainee is required to have a primary mentor and co-mentor. This is a list of approved mentors, organized by theme.

Directors Heading link

Theme 1: Vascular Signaling Mentors Heading link

Theme 2: Angiogenesis & Regeneration Mentors Heading link

Theme 3: Vascular Therapeutics Mentors Heading link

Theme 4: Neurovascular Biology Mentors Heading link

Associate Mentors Heading link

Among the key elements of the VBST training program is the development of new mentors. We view this as an ancillary component of our training program and highly relevant as a result of UIC’s extensive recruitment of new junior and senior faculty who are vascular biologists. The VBST will make use of an Associate Member designation as a means of assuring we are recruiting and advancing potential new Mentors in the field of vascular biology. Several UIC departments are actively recruiting in the area of vascular biology, notably Physiology and Biophysics, Pharmacology and Anatomy and Cell Biology is recruiting neurovascular biologists. Associate members typically fall into the following categories:

  1. Recognized experts in vascular biology research who are in the process of securing grants,
  2. Senior researchers with strong training experience, newly entering the field of vascular biology and securing vascular biology relevant funding, and
  3. Junior faculty in the process of obtaining their first NIH NHLBI grant (R01, R21) and starting their roles as mentors in the UIC environment.

Associate members can join on the mentorship team of primary and secondary mentors in a more limited capacity, if their expertise is pertinent to the trainee project or as part of a collaborative effort. Associate members participate in all activities of the VBST, such as the annual retreat, seminar series, and CCVR functions.

Elevating to Full Mentor Status

Associate Mentors who are included on the T32 and would elevate to a full mentor if they receive vascular-focused external funding. An associate member could only participate in a co-mentor arrangement to support a student, the other mentor would have to be a full mentor. This is designed to assure we meet NIH guidelines for full mentors but invite “mentors in development”. If this is of interest, please send your NIH biosketch and a brief list of pre-docs and postdocs you have trained or are currently training.

We also have a vehicle for inviting K awardees to join the VBST. The primary mentors need to have external R funding on work that is clearly vascular biology and should have a training history.

The VBST-TP is funded by training grant (T32 HL144459) from the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).