Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan

Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

My primary research interest is the structural basis of cardiac conduction. Specifically, I am investigating the precise ultrastructural organization of ion channels and gap junctions within the intercalated disk of cardiac myocytes and in the role of such organization in mediating action potential propagation between myocytes. Understanding these structure function relationships is vital to the development of novel therapies to prevent conduction disturbance, which are a major cause of potentially lethal cardiac arrhythmias. I will be working in Dr. Robert Gourdie's laboratory using a wide array of cutting-edge microscopy techniques to investigate macromolecular complexes of proteins directly involved in cardiac conduction as well as structural proteins that help stabilize the specific membrane microdomains. This structural knowledge will then serve as a basis for functional studies of cardiac conduction, where the precise role of these macromolecular complexes will be investigated.

Education and Training

  • University of Utah: Ph.D., Bioenginering
  • Anna University: B.S., Chemical Engineering

Previous Positions

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Utah, UT (2011-2012)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Utah, UT (2005-2011)

Awards and Honors

  • Member, Heart Rhythm Society (since 2006)
  • Member, American Heart Association (since 2006)
  • Member, Cardiac Electrophysiology Society (2006)
  • Member, Biophysical Society Member (since 2010)

Selected Publications

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