Amina Kunovac, a third year doctoral student in West Virginia University’s Exercise Physiology program, was awarded the an American Heart Association’s Predoctoral Fellowship (AHAPF).
The AHAPF award will directly fund Kunovac’s research to better understand the role of epitranscriptomics in cardiovascular health. The award will also provide conference support, which will help her develop collaborations in her field.
“This award will help bring me closer to my career goal of becoming a research scientist,” Kunovac said.
Kunovac’s research has been focused on assessing the consequences of engineered nanomaterial exposure during pregnancy on the cardiovascular health of offspring.
Additionally, she is examining the epigenetic and mitochondrial remodeling that occurs as a result of maternal exposure during gestation to nanomaterials. In assessing these mechanisms, Kunovac hopes to bring the field closer to developing therapeutic interventions that will help cardiovascular dysfunction.
Kunovac is a graduate research assistant in the lab of Dr. John Hollander, graduate director of Exercise Physiology.
“This is an amazing accomplishment by Amina, and a testament to her commitment to her research and perseverance as a graduate student,” Hollander said. “I could not be more proud of her.”
Kunovac credits his mentorship as a critical component of her education by providing continued support and guidance.
“I'm really grateful for the support and guidance of Dr. Hollander, WVU faculty, family and friends that have played a pivotal role in this achievement.”