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Polina Sysa Shah received her M.D. from V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University, School of Fundamental Medicine, Kharkiv, Ukraine in 2003. During her studies she participated in the project of comparison of power spectral analysis and mathematical modeling of heart rate variability for estimation of neurohumoral regulation, and received an Award for the report “Neurohumoral regulation in the mirrors of power spectral analysis and mathematical modeling of heart rate variability” at VI International Medical Congress of Students and Young Scientists held in Ternopil, Ukraine in 2002.
During residency in Department of Cardiology in Kharkiv Central Clinical Hospital №5, Ukraine, she specialized in adult cardiology.
She entered Postdoctoral Fellowship in Division of Gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins University in 2004, where studied the role of TGFβ1 and transacting factors cooperation in activation of the human α1(I) collagen promoter.
She joined the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology in 2008 as Postdoctoral Fellow, and was appointed as Faculty in 2010.
Her research interests concentrate on investigating the ways of overcoming the cardiotoxic effects of anti-cancer drugs, animal models of cardiac diseases and electrophysiologic features of transgenic animal models.
September 16, 2009 - Anatomy of the eye. Lecture. Clinical Pathology Lectures Series. Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology. Johns Hopkins University.
2003-2004 - Teacher Assistant in Radiology Course. V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
1. Sysa P, Potter JJ, Liu X, Mezey E. Transforming Growth Factor-β1 Up-Regulation of Human α1(I) Collagen Is Mediated by Sp1 and Smad2 Transacting Factors. DNA and Cell Biology, 2009. 28:9, 425-434. (Featured in Highlights from the September 2009 Issue of DNA and Cell Biology, 2009)
2. Aram G, Potter JJ, Liu X, Sysa P, Mezey E. Effect of Nitric Oxide on Type I Collagen Expression in Cultured Stellate Cells. The Open Nitric Oxide Journal, 2008. Vol.1. pp.5-8 (4).
3. Sysa P, Potter JJ, Liu X, Mezey E. TGFβ1 stimulates the human α1(I) collagen promoter by cooperation between Smad2/4 and Sp1 transacting factors (abstract). Hepatology; 2007. Vol.46, number 4 (Suppl), 710A-711A