After receiving a BS in Microbiology at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Julie Phillippi went on to earn her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 2007. Her current position is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering. Dr. Phillippi is also the Director of Postdoctoral Research in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Phillippi is PI on an R01 award (2017-2022), a completed R56 award (2015-2016), and Co-I on an R01 award from NHLBI (2012-2018 and 2020-2024).
Dr. Phillippi is a member of the American Heart Association and of the Executive Council for the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (2016-2018). Dr. Phillippi is an Associate Editor with Science Advances, of the Science family of Journals with AAAS and a reviewer for the journals Stem Cells, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Acta Biomaterialia, Cardiovascular Research,Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Clinical Investigation-Insight, and several others. She currently serves on the Executive Council for the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (2016-present) and on the Executive Committee for the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2018-present).
Dr. Phillippi’s research is focused on the role perivascular progenitor cells, adventitial biology/biomechanics and vasa vasorum function in aortic disease, cellular mechanisms inciting thoracic aortic aneurysm, vascular/microvascular matrix remodeling, and tissue-engineered models of aortic disease.
View a list of Dr. Phillippi’s publications here.