Jonathan A. Epstein
Dr. Johnathan A. Epstein is the William Wikoff Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Research and Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Director of the Penn Cardiovascular Institute. Epstein is the leading expert in developmental biology and genetics of the cardiovascular system and works to identify molecular pathways affecting pediatric and adult cardiovascular disease. His research on stem cells, angiogenesis, and epigenetic studies have had direct implications for the development of new therapeutic agents for heart failure and myocardial infarction. Epstein is a leader in the nascent field of cardiac regeneration and stem cell biology. His work has also informed the understanding of blood vessel patterning and angiogenesis. Dr. Epstein is the founding co-director of the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He is also a fellow and established investigator of the American Heart Association, elected Member of the American Association of Physicians, past President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Epstein practices medicine in the cardiac intensive care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. His articles appear in Developmental Cell, Nature Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, and Science.