Graduate student earns multiple accolades at heart conference

Emily Ongstad

Emily Ongstad

Emily Ongstad, a Clemson University graduate student currently at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received multiple honors at the Gordon Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms.

She was funded to attend the conference in Italy with a traveling scholarship sponsored by the Gordon Research Conferences. The Gordon Research Conferences organization oversees several meetings every year to foster open and direct communication between scientists all over the world.

Ongstad was one of three trainees selected to deliver an oral presentation at the general meeting preceding the Gordon Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms. She presented the research she conducts in the laboratory of Robert Gourdie, a professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Ongstad studies how cardiac cells interact after a heart attack.

Ongstad was also elected co-chair of the 2017 trainee Gordon Research Seminar, which will take place in Ventura, California, with the Gordon Research Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms. She earned one of 10 honorable mention awards for her research poster as well.