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Jillian Simon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Sciences

Assistant Professor, Aging + Cardiovascular Discovery Center (ACDC)

Jillian Simon
About Me

Research Interests

Investigations in the Simon lab center around the redox environment of the heart – how it varies with disease, whether these variations protect or injure the myocardium, and to what extent we can leverage the protective mechanisms we uncover to design novel therapeutics. Utilizing several cutting-edge techniques in high-resolution cellular imaging, proteomics, and biochemistry we study these fundamental aspects of redox patho-biology, and integrate our findings with studies in animal models and human cells/tissue to determine disease causation.

Recently, our research has been focused on the emerging concept that certain kinases (bioactive signaling mediators in the cell) can be redox sensitive, with their activity and regulatory function rapidly altered by local oxidant production. We’ve discovered that signaling via one of the heart’s master kinases, PKA, is particularly sensitive to the cellular redox state, with stress-induced oxidation of PKA leading to pronounced changes in intracellular calcium communication and improved cell adaptation and survival following ischemia.  One of the major focuses of the lab now is to better understand the adaptive mechanisms underlying oxidized PKA's cardioprotective effects, and investigate whether this can be harnessed therapeutically to treat ischemic heart disease.

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Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Oxford, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine & British Heart Foundation Centre for Research Excellence, Oxford, UK, 2022
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Chicago, IL, 2013
  • BS, Alma College, Exercise and Health Science (Chemistry minor), Alma, MI, 2006


  • American Heart Association, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences
  • International Society of Heart Research
  • European Society of Cardiology

Honors & Awards

  • American Heart Association, Melvin L Marcus Early Career Investigator Award Finalist, 2020
  • British Cardiovascular Society, Young Investigator Award Winner, 2020
  • European Society of Cardiology, Young Investigator Award Finalist for Basic Science, 2019

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