Tova Christensen
Graduate Student
Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

I use hydrogel matrices with tunable mechanical properties to probe the cardiac fibroblasts' responses to changing matrix stiffness. Using this approach, I plan to better understand the role of matrix stiffness in directing cardiac fibroblasts' secretion and identify therapeutic targets to prevent excessive extracellular matrix buildup and consequent tissue stiffening that occurs with cardiac fibrosis.