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Name: Dr. Susan Lessner
Email: susan.lessner@uscmed.sc.edu
Phone: 803-216-3819
Campus: Columbia
College: Medicine
Department: Cell Biology and Anatomy
Campus (2): Columbia
College (2): Engineering and Computing
Department (2): Biomedical Engineering
Building: School of Medicine Building 1, Rm C38
Center/Institute: NanoCenter
Position: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Vascular biology and biomechanics of atherosclerosis, with an emphasis on intraplaque angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth) and mechanical failure (plaque rupture); methods to reduce the incidence of plaque rupture; intraplaque angiogenesis, or new blood vessel growth, as a destabilizing factor in plaque progression; relationships between mechanical loading environment, matrix organization, and mechano-sensitive gene expression; micromechanics of arterial tissue failure in plaque rupture and arterial dissection; methods to identify patients at elevated risk of acute cardiovascular syndromes where material failure plays a major role
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