Peter R. Pellegrino
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Peter R. Pellegrino

PhD in Cellular & Integrative Physiology

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowship (2014-2017)

The American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship program provides research assistance and training to help students initiate careers in areas broadly-related to cardiovascular function, disease and stroke, or to related basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.  Peter Pellegrino was awarded a two-year AHA fellowship for his project, entitled “Central Rho-kinase Inhibition and AngII-Induced Synpatho-excitation.”  Subsequently, he relinquished the AHA fellowship in order to accept a 3-year NIH Kirschstein-National Research Service Award predoctoral MD/PhD fellowship (F30 NRSA) from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.  Peter’s research focuses on elucidating molecular mechanisms underlying brain dysfunction in cardiovascular diseases (such as heart failure and hypertension), and the potential that Rho-kinase inhibition may be a therapeutic target in these diseases.  Peter pursued his dissertation research under the tutelage of Irving H. Zucker, PhD, receiving the PhD degree is August 2016.   Peter will subsequently complete the final two years of his medical school training at UNMC.