Co-Directors of the CVRI

Seth L. Robia, PhD

Dr. Robia is a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and is the recipient of multiple extramural and intramural funding awards. His lab focuses on heart muscle and how it responds to the varying demands of exercise and rest, and how it becomes disordered when diseased.

He has been co-director of the CVRI since 2015.

Alain Heroux, MD

Dr. Heroux is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant program at Loyola. He became co-director of the CVRI in 2016.

Division Directors

Vascular Biology and Hemostasis

Jawed Fareed, PhD

Professor, Pathology and Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Public Health

Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH, FTOS

Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences


Erika Piedras-Renteria, PhD

Associate Professor, Physiology

Cardiac Physiology and Biophysics

Aleksey V. Zima, PhD

Associate Professor, Cell and Molecular Physiology