Jessica Cayton receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship Award

Jessica Cayton

Feb. 8, 2024

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently awarded University of Missouri student Jessica Cayton a Predoctoral Fellowship Award. Cayton is a graduate fellow in MU’s Comparative Medicine Program and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. The award, which totals $67,000 over two years, is given to enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who plan to pursue careers as scientists, physician scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and brain health.

Cayton’s recent research at the MU School of Medicine focuses on medical pharmacology and physiology. The AHA Fellowship Award will support her investigations into mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is an irregular heartbeat. According to the AHA, by the year 2030 approximately 12 million people are projected to have AFib, and this cardiac rhythm disorder can lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart failure. Her mentor is Timothy L. Domeier, an associate professor in medical pharmacology and physiology in the MU School of Medicine. 

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