Naoko Koyano Receives 2015 Bacaner Award

November 23, 2015

Lillehei Heart Institute Faculty member Naoko Koyano-Nakagawa, Ph.D. has been awarded the 2015 Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award in cardiology.

The Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Awards program in the basic medical sciences recognizes creative research and encourages intellectual achievement. It is underwritten by a gift to the University of Minnesota Foundation in memory of Jacob and Minnie Bacaner. The $1,000 award is offered annually to faculty and graduate students in the basic science fields of cardiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics; genetics, cell biology, and development; microbiology, immunology, and cancer biology (MICaB); pharmacology; and integrative biology & physiology. Nominations are made by a faculty member’s colleagues or a student’s graduate advisor.

Dr. Koyano-Nakagawa is an Assistant Professor in the University of Minnesota’s Lillehei Heart Institute and Stem Cell Institute. Her research interests include the mechanisms regulating normal development of the cardiovascular system and the regenerative capacity of the mammalian heart – a poorly regenerative organ. She seeks to understand the basic biological mechanisms that will ultimately lead to the development of methods to repair an injured heart. Her lab utilizes mouse genetic models, ES cell differentiation systems, and chick embryos to address such questions.