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Mohammadjafar Hashemi is an expert when it comes to matters of the heart–the diabetic heart, that is. The Auburn chemical engineering doctoral candidate’s research is helping to further medicine’s understanding of the impact of diabetes on human heart function under the advisement of Elizabeth Lipke, the Mary and John H. Sanders Professor of chemical engineering, and Raj Amin, associate professor in the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Hashemi was recently awarded a two-year predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association to continue his research into cardiovascular disease.

“I have embarked on a career in tissue engineering and I have been trying to bring the perspective of my engineering background to the medical field for developing a model to improve our knowledge of heart disease progression,” Hashemi said. “This fellowship provides this opportunity for me to expand my research in Dr. Lipke’s research group to investigate the impact of diabetes on human heart function in collaboration with Dr. Amin. This may eventually lead to a better understanding of how we can prevent the progression of diabetic cardiomyopathy, or DCMP.”

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