René Packard

René Packard


Member, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology GPB Home Area, California NanoSystems Institute


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Dr. Packard is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Bioengineering at UCLA, and a clinical and imaging cardiologist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the West LA VA Medical Center. Dr. Packard graduated from Voltaire College (Geneva, Switzerland) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). He completed a research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Libby at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He then went on to be a medicine resident at the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University, followed by a cardiology fellowship at UCLA where he graduated from the STAR program, earning a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology. Dr. Packard’s research has been recognized through multiple awards, including from UCLA, the Cardiovascular Research Foundation of Southern California, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and his work has been supported by the NIH, the AHA, and the VA.
Our group integrates molecular and cellular techniques with novel bioengineering and multiscale imaging approaches to address biological pathways of cardiovascular disease. Our research efforts are to (i) dissect novel mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity, (ii) explore cardiac repair pathways, and (iii) characterize high-risk atherosclerotic lesions.
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