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James Smyth, PhD
POSTPONED: Building Blocks of the Human Heart [Heart School 2015]
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
James Smyth, PhD, a cardiovascular scientist at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, will follow on Feb. 17 with an exploration of the micromachinery of the heart. Smyth will discuss how individual heart muscle cells contract and how electrical signals spread over thousands of cells through special junctions. He will address cardiac abnormal patterns of electrical activity and how the heart responds at the cellular level to stress, diet, exercise, and smoking.
About the Speaker:
James Smyth, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute's Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine Research. He completed his doctorate degree in virology at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral project scientist in the Robin Shaw Laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.