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Lauren A. Biwer, PhD

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Lauren A. Biwer, PhD

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Dr. Biwer (pronounced Bee-were) became passionate about cardiovascular research as a post-bac student in Dr. Taben Hale’s lab at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. She went on to complete her PhD in Molecular Physiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine with Dr. Brant Isakson and was part of the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center. For her post-doctoral training, Dr. Biwer moved to Boston to Dr. Iris Jaffe’s laboratory in the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute where she received a K99/R00 grant in 2021.

The Biwer lab investigates blood pressure regulation at the intersection of immunology and vascular function to understand female-specific risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Pre-eclampsia, a common pregnancy complication, significantly increases future cardiovascular risk by unknown mechanisms. Research in the Biwer lab focuses on both pregnancy and the post-partum period. Routine techniques in the lab include primary vascular and immune cell culture, molecular biology/microscopy, flow cytometry, ex-vivo physiology of small and large arteries and in-vivo physiology such as vascular ultrasound and long-term blood pressure measurement.

Education & Training

  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow
    Tufts Medical Center- Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (2023)
  • PhD
    University of Virginia, Molecular Physiology (2017)
  • MS
    University of Virginia, Biological Sciences (2014)
  • BS
    Baylor University, Health Science Studies (2009)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Poster Presentation AwardGordon Research Conference on Vascular Biology2023
Travel AwardThe Microcirculatory Society2022
Outstanding Post Doctoral Trainee FinalistAmerican Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section2022
NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)NHLBI2021
Travel AwardAmerican Physiological Society2019
Appointment to T32 Training Program in HypertensionBrigham and Women's Hospital2018
Outstanding Physiology Graduate StudentUniversity of Virginia2017
Pre-Doctoral FellowshipAmerican Heart Association 2014

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