Dr. Gary K. Owens is Professor in the Departments of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics as well as Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division at the University of Virginia. He is also the Director of the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center which consists of 16 resident laboratories and over 100 affiliated laboratories conducting cardiovascular research at the University of Virginia. Dr. Owens also is the Director of UVA's combined MD/PhD (NIH Medical Scientist Training) Program, NIH Cardiovascular Training Grant, and NIH funded Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SRIP) a program he founded in 1990 while serving as Associate Dean for the Graduate Programs in the School of Medicine, a position he held for 18 years. He is also the Director of the AstraZeneca – UVA Cardiovascular Research Alliance.