Jana Lovell

As part of my T32 research fellowship, I joined the cardio-immunology lab of Dr. Luigi Adamo. Despite modern therapies, mortality and morbidity of chronic heart failure remains high. Inflammation plays a critical role in the development and progression of heart failure after a heart attack, but this connection is complex precluding the development of specific immunomodulatory therapies to treat heart failure. We have found that B cells contribute to adverse cardiac remodeling through antigen presentation, which may represent a potential novel therapeutic target in chronic heart failure.

Questions & Answers

Why did you choose Johns Hopkins for your work?


I started my medical training as a medical student at Johns Hopkins and continued here for my internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. I decided to stay here for fellowship training because of the unique learning environment at Hopkins that fosters excellence in clinical medicine and innovation.


What does receiving this award mean to you personally and professionally? Do you have any connection with the particular award you received?


I am honored and humbled to be recognized amongst the many excellent physician scientists past and present at Hopkins.


What contributed to your project’s success?


The support and collaborative efforts of all the members of my lab, as well as the incredible mentorship of Dr. Adamo were instrumental in completing this research.  


What thoughts do you have about Young Investigators’ Day itself, as a celebration of the roles students and fellows play in research at Johns Hopkins?


It is truly great to see many amazing research projects being highlighted and young trainees at all different stages being honored!


What has been your best/most memorable experience while at Johns Hopkins?


The best part of training here has been being able to work with brilliant colleagues both in research and clinically.


What are your plans over the next year or so? Graduating, looking for faculty positions, etc.?


I will be finishing my general cardiology fellowship this year, and then I will continue on for an additional year of advanced training in advanced heart failure and transplant.


Tell me something interesting about yourself that makes you unique. Do you have any special hobbies, interests or life experiences?


Last year, I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and survived (barely).