Dr. Mountain earned her B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Carson-Newman College in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University in 2006. Dr. Mountain’s doctoral research was conducted in a molecular cardiomyopathy laboratory where her work focused on identifying cellular and molecular mechanisms that can be targeted to stimulate cardiovascular angiogenesis following myocardial infarction or fibrosis. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship training in Vascular Biology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine (UTGSM), prior to accepting a faculty appointment here in the Department of Surgery in 2008. As Associate Professor of Surgery and Scientific Director of the Vascular Research Laboratory at UTGSM, Dr. Mountain’s research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of vascular restenosis, intimal hyperplasia, and graft failure. Her laboratory is a basic and translational research facility dedicated to the study of peripheral vascular disease and the development of therapeutic interventions to prevent development of vascular pathologies.
Focus Areas: Vascular Biology and Pathophysiology | Molecular and Cellular Biology | Vascular Gene Therapy | Translational Vascular Therapeutics
Skills and Expertise: Small Animal Survival Surgery | Cell and Tissue Culture | Proteomics and Transcriptomics | RNAi | Immunohistochemistry | Microscopy