ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 7, 2005 - Two new researchers have joined the staff of the Albany Medical College’s Center for Cardiovascular Sciences. Dale D. Tang, M.D., Ph.D., and Monica J. Marvin, Ph.D., have been appointed assistant professors at the College.
Dr. Tang received his medical and doctoral degrees from Tongi Medical University in Wuhan, China. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in the department physiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and a second postdoctoral fellowship in the department of biochemistry at the University of Calgary in Canada. Before coming to Albany in December, Dr. Tang served as a research associate and assistant professor in the department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dr. Tang is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physiological Society, the American Thoracic Society and the American Heart Association Council on Basic Science. His major research interests are the molecular mechanisms of smooth muscle function. Understanding how smooth muscle is contracted and relaxed will lead to the development of more effective treatments of smooth muscle diseases such as asthma and hypertension.
Dr. Marvin received her B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. She comes to Albany from Cambridge, Massachusetts where she served as a research scientist for Hydra Biosciences, a biomedical research company. Dr. Marvin’s research interests include the signals that control formation of the heart and blood in the early embryo and the application of these signals to adult stem cells for cardiac regeneration.
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. Deaths resulting from heart attack, stroke, arrhythmias, heart failure, cardiomyopathies, aneurysms, congenital heart defects, and the vascular complications of diabetes, eclipses the next four causes of death combined.
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