Larisa Emelyanova, PhD

Research Scientist

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Research Scientist Larisa Emelyanova

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Dr. Emelyanova’s research is focused primarily on understanding the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases related to aging. Additionally, she is exploring ways to reduce mitochondrial and myocardial dysfunction during periods of metabolic stress in the hearts of patients with diabetes through laboratory studies. 

With education and research experiences in multiple biological disciplines, including cell biology, mitochondrial physiology and biochemistry, Dr. Emelyanova’s research background has prepared her to help advance the medical understanding of aging and age-related cardiovascular diseases, including atrial fibrillation, the most common abnormal heart rhythm. She hopes these studies eventually lead to the development of selective drugs to improve the efficiency of aging and diseased hearts.


Doctorate, Biochemistry and Mitrochondrial Physiology
I.M. Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry, St. Petersburg, Russia

Master of Science, Biology and Chemistry
Mari State University, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

Professional highlights

Cardiac Research Award recipient, A novel strategy to protect against dronedarone-induced myocardial dysfunction in the failing heart, Aurora Health Care Foundation, 2015, 2016

Principal investigator, Cardiac Research Award, Modulation of mitochondrial function as a novel approach to prevent myocardial injury in the diabetic heart, Aurora Health Care Foundation, 2014, 2015

American Heart Association member, 2012-present

Chromatography certificate recipient, State Education Institution of Continuing Professional Education, Moscow, Russia, 2007

Certificate of accomplishment recipient, Federation of European Biochemical Societies advanced course on “Frontiers in Molecular Biochemistry of Mitochondria,” Warsaw, Poland, 2006

Certificate of accomplishment, Center for International Mobility Winter School course on “Bioinformatics: From Molecular Mehcanisms to Functional Systems,” Tvärminne, Finland, 2005


Emelyanova L, Preston C, Gupta A, Viqar M, Negmadjanov U, Edwards S, Kraft K, Kameswari D, Holmuhamedov E, O'Hair D, Tajik J, Jahangir A. Effect of aging on mitochondrial energetics in the human atria. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Aug 19. Epub ahead of print.

Emelyanova L, Ashary Z, Cosic M, Negmadjanov U, Ross G, Rizvi F, Olet S, Kress D, Sra J, Tajik AJ, Holmuhamedov EL, Shi Y, Jahangir A. Selective downregulation of mitochondrial electron transport chain activity and increased oxidative stress in human atrial fibrillation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016;311:H54-63.

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