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Kristy Red-Horse

2020 NAVBO Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology -
Kristy Red-Horse, Ph.D., Stanford University

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The NAVBO Meritorious Awards Committee, the Scientific Advisory Board, and the NAVBO Council announce with pleasure the selection of Kristy Red-Horse, PhD, as the recipient of the 2020 Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology. This award recognizes outstanding contributions from vascular biologists who are at mid-career (within fifteen years of their first faculty appointment). Dr. Red-Horse will present her Folkman Award Lecture, titled “Artery Development and Regeneration,” as an online webinar on November 2 at 1:00pm ET. The webinar will be accessible to all NAVBO members.

Dr. Red-Horse received a BA in Microbiology from the University of Arkansas (1999), an MS in Biology from San Francisco State University (2001), and PhD from UC-San Francisco (2005). Following post-doctoral stints in Tumor Biology and Angiogenesis at Genentech and Biochemistry at Stanford University, she joined the faculty of Stanford’s Department of Biology in 2012, rising to the rank of Associate Professor in 2019. Dr. Red-Horse has earned a number of awards and fellowships, including a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the NIH/NHLBI, Terman and Chambers Fellowships, and has been designated a Searle Scholar, a New York Stem Cell Foundation Robertson Investigator, and a Brown Faculty Fellow.

Dr. Red-Horse’s prior and ongoing research is focused in four major areas: molecular mechanisms and cellular lineages in coronary artery development and regeneration; single cell transcriptomics of the coronary vasculature; support of myocardial growth by the coronary endothelium; and transcriptional and mechanical regulation of coronary artery patterning. Her laboratory’s efforts have led to recognition that multiple coronary vessel progenitor sources can compensate for developmental defects and potentially be recruited to effect cardiac repair. Dr. Red-Horse’s pioneering work in single-cell transcriptional analysis has led to key and surprising discoveries on the location, molecular mechanisms, and blood flow-dependence of vessel specification and vein-to-artery conversion. She and members of her lab have published a steady stream of well-received papers in top journals, including Nature, Cell, Development, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Writing in support of Dr. Red-Horse’s nomination for the Folkman Award, her professional colleagues note that “…Kristy is already being included in a select group of elite cardiovascular developmental biologists, even with many years less experience as an independent investigator” and that “[h]er career is still in an upward trajectory in the sense that she has a lot more to offer scientifically and otherwise; yet she has already accomplished a tremendous amount.” Moreover, we at NAVBO are presently benefitting from Kristy’s service as a member of the NAVBO Council.

Please join us online with host, Sophie Astrof, to honor Dr. Red-Horse as she receives the Folkman Award in recognition of her accomplishments…and bright future…as a vascular biologist.


Compiled by William R. Huckle,
NAVBO Editor

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