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UH-HEART Leadership

Dr. Bradley McConnell, Program Director (on the right), and Dr. Tho Tran, Assistant Program Director (on the left), have committed themselves to empowering students with a passion for cardiovascular research. Collaboratively, they initiated the UH-HEART program from scratch. Overall, the UH-HEART program has yielded remarkable outcomes as its students have progressed into research careers, pursued further education in graduate, medical, or pharmacy schools, and secured positions in academia and industry.

If you have any questions regarding the program or its application process, please don’t hesitate to contact either Dr. Tho Tran or Dr. Bradley McConnell.

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Past Cohorts

2023 Cohart Team

2023 Cohort

Caycel Desales (UH)
Juslyn Dhingra (UT Austin)
Iman Jaka (UH)
Alisha Khan (UH)
Le Tran Anh Thu (UH)
2022 UH-HEART cohort group photo, exterior UH campus

2022 Cohort

Asha Ayyar (UT Austin)
Omar Harb (UH)
Saher Khan (UH)
Kush Kinariwala (UH)
Anique Siddiqui (UH)
2021 UH-HEART cohort group photo, exterior UH campus

2021 Cohort

Roberto Flores (University of St. Thomas)
Ashton Huckaby (UT San Antonio)
Naazneen Ibtehaj (UT Austin)
Jett Lim (UH)
Mark Manickath (UT Austin)

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. As the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization, the AHA advances groundbreaking research, provides lifesaving resources, and promotes healthier lifestyles.

American Heart Association

AHA Summer Research Programs

Cardio SuRPH (Summer Undergraduate Research in Cardiovascular Physiology)
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia tech Carilion

Cardiovascular Disease and Biomedical Engineering at Purdue/Indiana University
Purdue University

LouisVille Undergraduate training Program (LV-UP)
University of Louisville - Center for Cardiometabolic Science