Karin Przyklenk, PhD, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute for the School of Medicine, comes from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she served as a professor of Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology, as well as member of the Center for Platelet Function Studies.
She has achieved national and international recognition for her translational, bench-to-bedside research focusing on the pathophysiology of acute coronary ischemic syndromes, the identification of cellular mechanisms and signaling pathways that increase the tolerance of the myocardium to ischemia, and the development of novel strategies to limit damage caused to the heart by ischemia-reperfusion.
Former Wayne State University School of Medicine Dean,Robert Mentzer, Jr. MD. said "She is a distinguished translational scientist of international renown. She is extremely well-qualified to partner with cardiovascular physicians, to recruit outstanding researchers, and to coordinate and foster interdisciplinary and collaborative research in cardiovascular disease that crosses departments, centers, institutes, colleges; and also incorporates the intellectual and patient resources of our hospital partners in Detroit and its surrounding communities.