Helen E. Collins Laboratory

Investigating Mechanisms Underlying Female Cardiovascular Resilience and Health

Laboratory News


  • February 2024. Dr. Collins was awarded the 2024 AHA Live Fierce Award at the 2024 AHA Kentuckiana Heart Ball. 
  • February 2024. The Collins lab welcomes Sydney Calvin back to continue her studies from her 2023 AHA-funded undergraduate research time during her spring semester internship in the lab.
  • November 2023. The Collins lab masters student, Nick Matteo, will be leaving to pursue a career in industry.
  • September 2023. Dr. Collins has been chosen to be a member of Circulation Research's Early Career Editorial Board.  Her term starts October 2nd. 
  • September 2023. The Collins lab welcomes our newest lab member, Gabriella Farris, who joins the lab as a Research Technician.
  • September 2023. Collins lab members Emily Schulman-Geltzer, Sydney Calvin, and David Parr have had their abstracts accepted for presentation at Research! Louisville in October. 
  • August 2023. Coordinated metabolic responses facilitate cardiac growth in pregnancy and exercise" has been published and can be found at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11897-023-00622-0
  • July 2023. The Collins lab had a strong showing at BCVS in Boston, with both Emily Schulman-Geltzer and Sydney Calvin presenting posters and Dr. Collins receiving her FAHA.
  • July 2023. Emily Schulman-Geltzer (current lab member; first author) and Dr. Kyle Fulghum (previous lab member; senior author) had the following publication accepted for publication " Coordinated metabolic responses facilitate cardiac growth in pregnancy and exercise".
  • May 2023. The Collins lab will welcome Avery Kendall to join the lab for their Bioengineering Co-op in August 2023. 
  • May 2023. Emily Schulman's abstract entitled "What is the Nature of the Hypertrophic Response Contributing to Pregnancy-Induced Cardiac Growth and its Reversal?" was accepted for poster presentation at the AHA BCVS conference in July 2023, in Boston. Well done, Emily!
  • May 2023. The Collins lab has published a review on sex differences in the heart and the implications for female cardiovascular health and resilience https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37216702/ 
  • April 2023. Dr. Collins alongside Drs. Goulopoulou, Warrington, and Alexander are leading a special call for papers on cardiovascular complications during pregnancy for AJP-Heart https://journals.physiology.org/ajpheart/cardiovascular-complications-of-pregnancy
  • April 2023. Dr. Collins was elected fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA). 
  • March 2023. Nick Matteo of the Dept. of Physiology joined the Collins lab as a Ph.D. student, who will work on understanding the mechanisms contributing to female cardiovascular resilience in post-infarction remodeling. 
  • March 2023. Dr. Collins gave the UofL Dept. of Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation on 3/2/23 (UofL Dept. of Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Helen Collins - YouTube) and was featured in the cardinal minute (The Cardinal Minute: Dr. Helen Collins - YouTube).
  • February 2023. Dr. Collins was named as the awardee of the American Physiological Society (APS) Cardiovascular Section New Investigator Award. She will receive this award in-person at the inaugural APS Summit conference in April 2023.
  • January 2023. Collins lab abstract was accepted for presentation at the Inaugural American Physiology Summit in Long Beach, Ca., in April 2023. 
  • December 2022. The Collins lab received a 5-year NIH NHLBI funded R01 to study the "Mechanisms Contributing to Pregnancy-Induced Cardiac Growth".
  • December 2022. Dr. Collins received the division of Environmental Medicine "Faculty of the Year" award at the divisional holiday party
  • October 2022. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Graduate Student, Leanne Price, completed her six-week rotation in the Collins lab. 
  • September 2022. Emily Schulman presented a poster at Research!Louisville 2022 entitled "Do Changes in Metabolism or Lactation Mediate the Reversal of Pregnancy-Induced Cardiac Growth?".
  • September 2022. Dr. Collins named "Star reviewer for 2021" by AJP-Heart. Peer Review Week (physiology.org)
  • July 2022. Collaborative studies with Dr. Bradford Hills' laboratory were published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science Influence of biological sex and exercise on murine cardiac metabolism - PubMed (nih.gov).
  • May 2022. The Collins Laboratory has published "Metabolic signatures of pregnancy-induced cardiac growth" in AJP-Heart.
  • May 2022. Emily Schulman's BCVS 2022 abstract was accepted for a poster presentation. 
  • April 2022. Dr. Collins was invited to speak at Experimental Biology 2022 at the AJP-Heart Editors Symposium.
  • December 2021. Dr. Collins was invited to join the Editorial Board of AJP-Heart.

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