October 31, 2011 — Dr. Brian R. Wamhoff, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, received Rhodes College's Distinguished Alumnus Award on Oct. 22 at the college's 2011 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend in Memphis, Tenn.
He holds joint appointments in the School of Medicine's Department of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Science's Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Wamhoff received a B.S. in biology with a minor in business administration in 1996 from Rhodes, a private college of liberal arts and sciences established in 1848. In 2001, he received a Ph.D. in medical physiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Wamhoff is a member of the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center at U.Va. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded HemoShear LLC in 2008, a company devoted to pre-clinical drug discovery and safety in humans, and SoundPipe Therapeutics in 2011, which focuses on delivering therapeutic drugs to diseased arteries, both U.Va. start-up companies.
At U.Va., Wamhoff has obtained extensive funding from the American Heart Association, National Institutes of Health and other organizations to study mechanisms of vascular disease. Related to this work, he was the recipient of the 2008 AHA Irvine H. Page Young Investigator Research Award and the 2010 American Physiological Society Cardiovascular New Investigator of the Year Award.
In addition, he has written more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and commentaries, and currently serves as peer reviewer for more than 15 major scientific journals as well as associate editor for the heart association's Journal of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.