Amy Bradshaw, Ph.D.

Our lab studies extracellular matrix in myocardial growth and remodeling.


Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, Ph.D.

Dr. DeLeon-Pennell was trained in cardiovascular sciences at Baylor University, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has over 10 years' experience with all aspects of the inflammatory and fibrotic components of cardiac remodeling following a heart attack. Her current research projects focus on the role of the adaptive immune system and how it interplay with the innate immune system to regulate cardiac wound healing. This includes evaluating how existing confounding variables such as gender or aging changes these processes.


Valerian Fernandes, M.D.

Charleston Research Institute Research Internships Field: Cardiology Type: Clinical Research Mentor: Valerian Fernandes, M.D. Studies: Long term Outcomes of Alcohol Septal Ablation for Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM) and Rotational Atherectomy and Outcomes without Temporary Pacemaker. The student will work on the Alcohol Septal Ablation database and Rotational Atherectomy database; complete data entry in conjunction with residents and fellows on the research team; work on specific sub-project with an aim to submit an abstract to a national meeting and help with manuscript writing; submit their work as an abstract at the MUSC Research Day; do sessions on Research Methodology and data analysis; attend all weekly research meetings and present their work.

Award winning abstracts by CRI interns Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Student Research 1st Place Winner "Long-Term Outcomes of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients Following Alcohol Septal Ablation Exhibit No Improvement in BMI Despite Improved Heart Function And Returning to General Population Mortality"

Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Student Research Young Investigator Award "Out with the Old and In with the Great: Alcohol Septal Ablation Outcomes on Race, Gender and Age"

Samples of published research by former CRI interns Leaphart et al. 2019 and Cai et al., 2018.