American Heart Association Fellowship

The American Heart Association (AHA) funds basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research, bioengineering/ biotechnology and public health problems broadly related to fulfilling our mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

AHA awards are open to the array of academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.). Clinical, translational, population, and basic scientists are encouraged to apply. AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by science type and subject. AHA strongly encourages applications by women, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

Mr.Ren has received an excellent score on his grant application and been awarded AHA postdoctoral fellowship for two years under the project title “Robust data-driven prediction model for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTPH) using single cell RNA-seq” under mentorship of Dr.Amaral and Dr.Budinger. In this project, Mr.Ren will utilize the state of art machine learning tools as well as solid lung biology to answer one of the fundamental questions in diagnosing CTPH: how to quantify sick from normal. He will use a cutting edge technology called single cell RNA-seq which allows us to measure mRNA expression on single cell level in disease and healthy tissues.

AHA fellowships is one of the few awards that does not require U.S. citizenship or green card holder status and is friendly to international students. Mr. Ren highly recommends any qualified candidates to submit his or her grant application for AHA awards. The details application instruction can be found at

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