Olga V. Savinova received her master’s degree in Biochemistry from the St. Petersburg State University, Russia, where she studied the role of lipoprotein-antibody complexes in the pathogenesis and treatment of human atherosclerosis. After immigrating to the U.S., she worked at the University of Maryland and The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, before entering a Ph.D. program in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego in 2003. Her Ph.D. work focused on the biochemical characterization of nuclear factor kappa B complexes and their role in orchestrating inflammatory gene expression in macrophages. Savinova obtained her postdoctoral training at the Cardiovascular Research Center at Sanford Research, Sioux Falls, S.D.
During her postdoctoral years, Savinova developed an expertise in cardiovascular physiology utilizing small animal models of heart disease as a research tool. She also contributed to the biochemical analysis of lipoproteins in a clinical study testing the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids and niacin alone and in combination in overweight dyslipidemic patients.
After joining NYITCOM, Savinova established an independent research program in vascular biology and atherosclerosis. Her laboratory utilizes several mouse models of atherosclerosis to test interaction between vascular calcification and heart diseases
Active Recent Projects/Research
- 09/15/2018–08/31/2019: R56HL131547 (Savinova) NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Tissue-nonspecific Alkaline Phosphatase (TNAP) Induced Vascular Calcification and Atherosclerosis
- 10/01/2018–09/30/2021: DBI-1828305 (Hoffmann) National Science Foundation MRI: Acquisition of a High-Energy Micro-Computed Tomography Scanner for Inter- and Multi-Disciplinary STEM Research
Honors and Awards
- American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowship, 2007
- Keystone Symposium travel award, 2008
Courses Taught at New York Tech
- Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine
- GI System
- Endocrinology and Reproductive System
- Integumentary System
- Case-Based Learning: Cardiopulmonary-Renal System