Pilla Receives American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

June 6, 2012

Durham NC — Danielle Pilla, a graduate student, in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

Pilla is a second year graduate student and works in the laboratory of Jörn Coers, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Pilla discovered a novel Interferon-induced antimicrobial resistance pathway and will explore the importance of this pathway in shaping the outcome of bacterial infections associated with heart disease.


The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”