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Division of Vascular Surgery

Karen Ho Lab




The over-arching goal of our research is to better understand the mechanisms of atherosclerosis and neointimal hyperplasia after vascular surgery in order to better prevent and treat these disease processes. We are specifically interested in how the gut microbiome and microbe-derived metabolites regulate these diseases. We use microbiome manipulations in rodents, germ-free mouse models, surgical models of arterial injury, genetic and diet-induced models of atherosclerosis, cell/molecular biology techniques, targeted metabolomics, and cell culture models.

We are always looking for new collaborations. If you have any ideas, join us!

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We are part of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Department of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Are you a resident interested in doing research? Learn about the Vascular Surgery Scientist Training Program (NIH T32) here

Are you a student interested in doing research for the summer? Learn about the Lanterman Vascular Surgery Student Award here.

Are you a student interested in doing research for the year? Learn about the William H. Pearce, MD, Vascular Surgery Student Research Award here.

Learn about other funding opportunities here

Here is a link to meetings and abstract deadlines

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