The LeBlanc Team

Amanda Jo LeBlanc, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

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  • Coronary microvascular dysfunction in advancing age
  • Thrombospondin-1 signaling and coronary perfusion
  • Adipose-derived stromal vascular fraction cells
  • Vasculopathy and immune cell response in vascular composite allografts

Curriculum Vitae

Jason Beare, M.S.

Research Coordinator

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Specializes in pretty much everything, but mainly acts as the Core Microscopy Manager, Isolated Vessel Expert, Flow Cytometry, etc.

Fangping Yuan

Research Associate

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Specializes in immunohistochemistry, histology, cell culture, bringing in delicious tea from China

Natia Q. Kelm, MD/PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

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"I received my MD in my birth country of Georgia, and in 2015, I received my PhD at the University of Louisville. My research interests are focused on the study of myocardial and microvascular regenerative medicine, age- and sex-specific coronary physiology, regulation of coronary blood flow, and the use of autologous cells for microvascular regeneration. I believe that adipose-derived cells could be utilized to treat vascular dysfunction and thereby decrease mortality and morbidity during aging"

Gabrielle Rowe

2nd Year Graduate Student, Dept. of Physiology

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Project on cell-vascular communication in the aged periphery.

Evan Tracy

MD/PhD Student

Research and clinical interests include the intersections of advancing age and heart health. Specifically, I am interested in the potential of novel cellular therapeutic approaches of preserving and restoring cardiovascular function. Current research focuses include adrenergic and reactive oxygen species signaling in cardiovascular aging.

Laboratory Alumni

Robert K. Hunter MD - Practice Director, Kentucky Fertility Institute (

Quang Tung Nguyen MD - Practicing Physician, Twin Cities, MN

Monika George MS - Neurophysiologist at NuVasive

Grant McKenzie BS, 4Y Medical Student at UofL

Jeff Austin BS, 1Y Resident General Surgery, West Virginia University

Charles Shofner BS, 2Y Medical Student at UofL

Katelyn Christian BS, Surgical Assistant at Bluegrass Oral Surgery

Sarah Hencke BS

Christopher Nevitt PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Jude