Amanda Jo LeBlanc , Ph.D.
CII Investigator, Regnerative Medicine
Amanda Jo LeBlanc, Ph.D. joined the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute in January of 2012 and serves as an assistant professor in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Louisville. Dr. LeBlanc has an extensive research background in cardiovascular physiology, focusing almost exclusively on myocardial perfusion and function in models of both aging and gender-specific cardiology. Dr. LeBlanc’s research focus is on myocardial and microvascular regenerative medicine, age- and sex-specific coronary physiology, regulation of blood flow, cell-based delivery and therapeutics, cardiovascular toxicology, adipose-derived cells and microvessels, fabrication of tissue-engineered patches, and neovessel formation and inosculation.
Before coming to CII for additional postdoctoral training, Dr. LeBlanc completed her primary postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Research at West Virginia University, where she had previously earned her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology in 2008. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Indiana University in 2002 and her M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisville in 2004.
Dr. LeBlanc has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and has won multiple trainee awards for her research into cardiac and microvascular function.
Utilizing adipose-derived stromal vascular cells, Dr. LeBlanc has co-developed an epicardial patch for post-myocardial infarction repair, a technology that is currently patent-pending.
Dr. LeBlanc’s research currently focuses on determining how adipose-derived cells assist in myocardial and/or microvascular regeneration of a failing, aged heart. In addition she is evaluating how these adipose-derived cells potentially mediate coronary microcirculatory repair in an adolescent model for the potential treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.