Cardiovascular Research Institute Graduate School Programs


The Cardiovascular Research Institute supports the education of Baylor College of Medicine’s future scientists, trainees, and clinicians. A variety of educational opportunities in the cardiovascular area are available to students, residents, and fellows. 

Graduate Programs

Physician Scientist Training Programs

CVRI and its Education and Training Committee created curriculums for three cardiovascular graduate school courses in Terms 3-5.


Courses Offered


Cardiovascular Diseases
This course provides a general overview of the main common cardiovascular diseases and their causes. Topics covered include: atherosclerosis, hypertension, congenital heart disease, ischemic heart disease, cerebral stroke, cardiac arrhythmias, and the effects of aging on the cardiovascular system. The course will be taught by a combination of clinicians, basic scientists, and physician scientists throughout the Texas Medical Center. 
Term: 2
Director: Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.

Advanced Topics in Cardiac Pathophysiology & Disease
Topics covered include cardiac cycle, cardiac contractility, neural and nonneural control of the circulation, biomedical instrumentation, and physical analytical methods. The various components of the cardiovascular system is integrated to define its basic control functions.
Term: 3
Director:  Na Li, Ph.D. and Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.

Advanced Topics in Vascular Pathophysiology & Disease
This course explores cause and mechanism of cardiovascular disease. Specific topics include mechanistic discussion of atherosclerosis (lipids and lipoproteins, inflammation, oxidatively modified LDL), hypertension (epidemiology, mechanisms, and consequences), hemostasis (thrombosis and bleeding disorders), cerebral stroke, heart failure (systolic and diastolic dysfunction), cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia (healing and remodeling, cardia fibrosis, myocarditis), laterality in heat disease and aging in the cardiovascular system. 
Term: 4
Director: William Lagor, Ph.D. and Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.

View a full list of courses offered by the programs in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Additional Educational Opportunities

CVRI hosts bi-weekly seminars and annual symposia. Additional training opportunities are also offered through the CVRI. For more information regarding all educational opportunities and events, contact us at