Published April 29, 2022
UB CBE alumnus Panagiotis Mistriotis, PhD 2016, has received a Career Development Award from the American Heart Association (AHA), to study vascular cell behavior inside pathophysiologically-relevant confined microenvironments.
He has been given a grant of $231,000 for 3 years to fund his research project. The AHA Career Development Award supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals, in the early years of their first professional appointment, to explore innovative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training, necessary to assure the applicant's future success as a research scientist.
Dr. Mistriotis is a former member of SUNY Distinguished Professor Stelios Andreadis' research group, and according to Prof. Andreadis: "Panos’ work on stem cell senescence was the first-rate. He discovered that the hair follicle contains mesenchymal stem cells that were as multipotent as those from bone marrow. He also discovered that senescent (aged) stem cells can be rejuvenated, restoring their ability to differentiate into functional, force-generating muscle cells. His work set the stage for understanding molecular mechanisms of aging and rejuvenation that may ultimately lead to the development of anti-aging therapies."
Currently, Dr. Mistriotis is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Auburn University and his research lies at the interface of engineering, biophysics, cell and molecular biology, and biochemistry. His research group is exploring how biochemical and biomechanical cues alter fundamental cellular processes such as migration, differentiation, and gene expression to develop novel therapeutic interventions against the initiation and progression of cardiovascular diseases, aging, and cancer.