Molly N. Schieber

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Molly N. Schieber

PhD Student in IGPBS Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2020-2021)


The American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship program provides research assistance and training to help students initiate careers in areas broadly elated to cardiovascular function, disease and stroke, or to related basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.  Molly Schieber, a student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences specializing in Integrative Physiology & Molecular Medicine, has been awarded a two-year AHA fellowship for her project, “Hypoxic/Oxidative Stress in micro-vessels of PAD patients: Predictors of myopathy and response to intervention.”  Molly’s research uses biopsy specimens from the gastrocnemius muscle of claudicating patients with Peripheral Artery Disease to evaluate micro-vessel health and association with measures of myofiber pathology and fibrosis, walking performance, and quality of life. These analyses will be performed both at baseline and six months after a standard-of-care therapy – revascularization or standardized treadmill exercise.  An M.D./Ph.D. scholar, Molly is pursuing her dissertation research under the tutelage of Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., in the Department of Surgery (Vascular Surgery Division). After completing the Ph.D. requirements, Molly will pursue the final two years of her medical school training at UNMC.