March 5, 2020
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Deadlines Extended!!
NAVBO will Present Up to 8 Travel Awards to the 2020 IVBM    
The deadline for the award application submission has been extended to May 1.

The IVBM2020 Organizers have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts for short talks to March 31. 

If you are a NAVBO Trainee Member and plan to attend IVBM2020 in Seoul (September 9-12), please submit an application for a travel award (you must be submitting an abstract and be the presenting author). 
More information can be found on our web site at:

Information about travel awards from other societies can be found here
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Next  Online Mini-Symposium
Join us on March 17, at 4:30pm ET for Signaling in Vascular Disease Progression and Remodeling
Our next online mini-symposium, will feature three presentations by NAVBO Trainees that presented posters at Vascular Biology 2019:
EphA2 transphosphorylation in cell-matrix adhesions promotes smooth muscle contractility to drive fibrillar adhesion formation and fibronectin deposition  
Matthew Scott, Louisiana State University
Endothelial Rap1 promotes NO release and restricts inflammatory signaling to protect from the progression of atherosclerosis  
Bandana Singh, Blood Research Institute/Blood Center of Wisconsin
Matrix mechanotransduction mediated by thrombospondin-1/integrin/YAP signaling pathway in remodeling of vessel wall  
Yoshito Yamashiro, University of Tsukuba 
The session will be moderated by Magdalena Chrzanowska of the Blood Research Institute, Versiti
To register, go to:

Please note:  the mini-symposium will NOT be recorded.

Thanks to last month's presenters, Mabruka Alfaidi, Dan Li, and Rongmo Zhang and our moderator, Kayla Bayless. The session was a resounding success!

The next mini-symposium will be held in April and will cover Vascular Specification and Development
2019 Travel Award Recipients
Last But Not Least!
Pictured here are today's featured trainees and the last of our 2019 Travel Award Winners.    
Kaveeta Kaw 
Here, with meeting organizer, Kayla Bayless of Texas A&M, is Kaveeta Kaw of the University of Texas HSC at Houston.  To view Kaveeta's interview with Mary Wallingford, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, click on the image of Kaveeta to see her interview.

Receiving his award from Victoria Bautch, is Seon Pyo Hong of KAIST.  Seon Pyo was not available for an onsite interview, but he has responded to the questions and his answers are printed here.
Seon Pyo tells us about his research. "I study lymphatics in the Gou Young Koh's Lab at the Institute for Basic Science. I'm specifically working on specialized lymphatic vessels called lacteals. I'm focusing on how lacteals and stromal cells interact in the small intestine to maintain normal lacteal integrity and function. I am also studying how YAP/TAZ signaling in intestinal stromal cells regulate and maintain lacteals."
He shares how the travel award to Vascular Biology 2019 was a benefit. "It was a great honor to receive the travel award to attend Vascular Biology 2019. The travel award encouraged me to present my research and to be more active in the meeting. It also gave me confidence on my research. It encouraged me to strive to do more impactful research. I would like to thank my boss, Prof. Gou Young Koh, my colleagues, and the NAVBO Vascular Biology 2019 members for this experience."
He shares his thoughts about NAVBO's opportunities for trainees. "I had the chance to participate in the NAVBO Vascular Biology 2019 as a trainee. NAVBO provided many opportunities for discussion with well accomplished researchers, and many informative programs. As a trainee member I learned a lot from the exposure to recent late breaking topics and data. Also, I was happy to share my project and data."
Next Webinar is March 12
This Month's Webinar
On March 12, we will host a webinar with Brant Weinstein, NICHD/NIH titled, " New Insights into Lymphatics and Lymphatic-related Cells from the Zebrafish."  Click here for more information and to register for Dr. Weinstein's webinar. 
And on April 2, join Courtney Griffin, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, as she gives her presentation, "What Chromatin Remodelers Can Teach Us About Vascular Development and Integrity. Click here for more information and to register for Dr. Griffin's webinar.

Join us!!  NAVBO Webinars are free to current NAVBO Members. Non-members can attend for $25 per webinar.   

And don't forget you can watch recorded webinars as well - go to  
Lessons Learned
Dr. Amber Stratman
My name is Amber Stratman, and I have been an Assistant Professor at Washington University School of Medicine since December 2018. Time has flown by, and while I'm still learning to navigate many aspects of being a new PI, I'm happy to share some of my 'Lessons Learned' about accepting a job, the importance of community, and myself. So, with that in mind...
Congrats! You're on the job market! My number one piece of advice when choosing your new position is to understand the expectations of the job you are taking and the community of people you are joining. This might seem like obvious advice, and one might think that the definition of 'success' is fairly ubiquitous in science, but it's not. There are so many different types of institutions, positions, job descriptions, departmental cultures, and expectations it's almost overwhelming. Ask questions, even if you think they are silly. Start the position you chose with your eyes open to as many aspects of your future home as you can. As part of this process, reach out to future colleagues, other recent faculty hires (even if you don't know them well), and senior mentors to get answers to questions you have. Do the research on your potential new home, and remember to ask for what you need to succeed.
That said, no one can fully prepare you for what it is going to be like to run a lab. It's hard. Very few people are trained as managers before you're thrust into a position where you have trainees... and budgets... and teaching... and grants to write... and the list goes on, and on, and on! ... Accept now that you are going to make mistakes. You're going to hire the wrong person and have to fire them; you're going to follow an unproductive idea, have a bad day, have to say no; you're going to be sick, have to prioritize your time in tough situations, and let people down; you're going to have a lot of days with rejections, days you aren't sure what you're doing, and possibly even days you want to quit.
BUT you'll also have successes, and find you have allies, both expected and unexpected; you'll have ideas that take off, trainees that succeed, and hard-fought battles you've won; you'll have days that make the difficult one's worth it and remind you why you chose science in the first place. The important thing through all of this, is not being afraid to ask for help. Go to a management or a mentoring workshop, take a grant writing course, seek advice from your support network. Spend time building the culture and community of people around you, both near and far. These are the people who will not only help you navigate the hard decisions and days, but who will give you genuine advice and celebrate your success. And do the same for them.
Because-one of the hardest things about this job is the feeling that you are behind (even if you aren't!). That success will never happen, that you're not going to finish that paper or get funding; that your research is moving too slowly or that you just can't pull your ideas together to submit that grant. The emails never stop. The deadlines never stop. The requests for your time never stop.
BUT sometimes you have to. It's ok to take time off. It's ok to spend time with family or friends away from work-there are always more deadlines, and emails can wait. We all know this job takes hard work and commitment, but it is also okay to have a life outside of running your lab-when needed rest, reset, and come back recharged.
During the first few years of your lab, you are going to get a lot of advice-some good, some bad, some well-meaning but possibly out of touch, and a lot that is completely unsolicited. But I will let you in on a secret-no one has it all figured out. Everyone only knows what works for themselves. There are as many different paths to success as there are different types of people. Follow your own internal compass. You know your work, your strengths, your novelty, and your limits. Trust yourself.    
This brings me to my final point-and for me this is the most important-don't let imposter syndrome rule you and your decisions. Follow your ideas, do your controls, think boldly, and don't second guess your seat at the table.
Some additional resources outside of NAVBO:
Lab of the Month
The Lab of Dr. Amber Stratman
This month we are highlighting the lab of Dr. Amber Stratman, who is an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Find out more about Dr. Stratman's lab at
March Journal Club
"Join the Club" on March 19 at 1:00pm ET
The next NAVBO Online Journal Club will be led by William Hughes, Medical College of Wisconsin, and a member of the NAVBO Education Committee.  The paper is:
Age Associated Mitochondrial Dysfunction Accelerates Atherogenesis
Daniel J. Tyrrell, Muriel G. Blin, Jianrui Song, Sherri C. Wood, Min Zhang, Daniel A. Beard, Daniel R. Goldstein

Access information will be sent to current NAVBO members via email or join through the Journal Club Forum at (login required).
Spotlight on Trainees
Research products vendor Bio-Techne will be awarding a travel grant to a fortunate applicant each month throughout 2020. Application is made by filling out a survey on the Bio-Techne website; Bio-Techne will select one recipient at the end of each month for a $1000 travel grant to the conference of their choice. Any researcher from an academic or non-profit institution is eligible to apply. Better yet, all applicant submissions remain eligible for each subsequent month through the end of 2020. Think VB2020 in Newport...gotta be in it to win it!
Promote Your Presentation on the Web Site
Current NAVBO Members Can List Their Upcoming Presentations (Oral or Poster) on our Web Site
Keep members, and all who visit our web site, aware of presentations by NAVBO members.  If you are attending the meeting, be sure to attend your NAVBO colleague's presentation.  If you are also presenting at that meeting, you can attend each other's presentations and offer mutual support! It can also help make you aware when a colleague is in your town so you reach out and arrange an in-person chat. And finally, this listing can also keep you abreast of other relevant meetings and  conferences.

So check out the current listings: and add yours!
There is a form at the bottom of the page for you to add your presentation.
Member News
Welcome to our New Members:
Deborah Chin,  University of Southern California
Moritz Jakab, German Cancer Research Center

If you have news to share with your colleagues, send it to
Recent Publications by NAVBO Members

Podosomes in endothelial cell-microenvironment interactions
Current Opinion in Hematology
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The discovery of podosomes in endothelial cells during the process of angiogenesis in vivo opens a new era in vascular biology. Podosomes are actin-based microdomains located at the plasma membrane that have been extensively described but in vitro and in other cells.  Read more 

Industry News
Guidelines for assessment of resistance vessel function in human skeletal muscle
The February 2020 issue of the American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology features a "Guidelines in Cardiovascular Research" article by Jacqueline Limberg and colleagues with recommendations for experimental design and appropriate technologies in the study of resistance vessel function. Aspects of the research process covered include modern modes of data collection and signal processing, as well as traditional experimental manipulations such as post-occlusive reactive hyperemia, passive limb movement, acute single limb exercise, and pharmacological interventions.

From Mary Woolley at Research!America: "We can't ignore the President's budget"
In her Weekly Letter of February 13, 2020, Research!America leader Mary Woolley reminds us scientist-citizens to voice our views about the President's proposed FY21 budget, which includes a more than 7% cut to the NIH and a double-digit cut to the CDC. While all federal investment in basic and translational research has the potential to pay dividends to all in due course, the CDC cuts are arguably particularly shortsighted given the many unknowns associated with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Visit the Research!America website for tips on effective science advocacy.

FY20 DOD funding opportunities information released
Funding opportunities for the FY20 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) administered by the US Department of Defense were announced at the end of February. The PRMRP is committed to funding research that has the potential to impact the development and implementation of medical devices, drugs and clinical guidance that will enhance the precision and efficacy of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment across a wide range of disciplines. The FY20 PRMRP announcements include detailed descriptions of funding mechanisms, evaluation criteria, submission requirements and deadlines. Pre-applications or letters of intent (dependent on award mechanism) are due in late April 2020.
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Calendar of Events
April 1 - 3, 2020
EMBO Workshop - Cell Signalling and Biology of Vascular Malformations
April 4 - 6, 2020
The Microcirculatory Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2020
April 4 - 7, 2020
Experimental Biology 2020
June 16 - July 11, 2020
Single Cell Analysis CSHL Course June/July 2020
June 28 - July 3, 2020
GRC Endothelial Cell Phenotypes in Health and Disease "Understanding Endothelial Cell Diversity: Regulation and Regenerative Potential"
July 7 - 9, 2020
Vasculata 2020
July 11 - 15, 2020
ISTH 2020 Congress
Sept. 9 - 12, 2020
21st International Vascular Biology Meeting (IVBM 2020)
Oct. 3 - 6, 2020
11th Kloster Seeon Angiogenesis Meeting
Oct. 25 - 29, 2020
Vascular Biology 2020
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