Esteemed Scholar Joins Dept. of Biomedical Engineering

B. Rita Alevriadou, PhD

Published August 26, 2019

story by jane stoyle welch

B. Rita Alevriadou, PhD, a renowned researcher in the field of cardiovascular bioengineering, has joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor.


Adding to Cardiovascular Research Strengths

Albert H. Titus, PhD, professor and chair of biomedical engineering, expressed that the department is extremely pleased Alevriadou has joined the University at Buffalo.

“She will have an immediate impact within our department and across the university, building on our existing strengths in cardiovascular research,” he said.

Alevriadou, who has joined UB from The Ohio State University (OSU), engages in research that focuses on understanding the molecular basis of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, ischemia/reperfusion injury and diabetes. 

Her emphasis is on the role of hemodynamic shear stress on vascular endothelial cell redox status, calcium signaling, mitochondrial function and survival.

Alevriadou’s research is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association (AHA). 

She regularly reviews for federal and local funding agencies including the NIH, AHA and National Science Foundation, as well as for bioengineering journals. Additionally, she has been an editorial board member of the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology since 2002.

Strong Record of Leadership

Alevriadou was the director of OSU’s Vascular Mechanotransduction and Oxidative Stress Laboratory and a member of the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, as well as an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine.

She is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), where she serves on the International Affairs Committee, and she was formerly on the BMES Board of Directors and the Student Affairs and Diversity Committees.

She is also a member of the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine (SfRBM) and a member of the SfRBM Women in Science mentoring program, the North American Vascular Biology Organization and the AHA.

Built Experience at Johns Hopkins, Rice, Scripps

Prior to joining OSU, she was an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. 

She received her doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1992, followed by postdoctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute.

Program Recruits, Retains World-Class Faculty

The Empire Innovation Program (SUNY EIP) is a state-funded competitive grant program dedicated to recruiting and retaining world-class faculty at the State University of New York.

EIP scholars drive innovation, enhance partnerships with business and industry, increase tech transfer, create opportunities for student research and increase the competitiveness of SUNY’s professional and graduate education programs.