Erik A. Blackwood

Erik A. Blackwood

Faculty in Training

Department of Internal Medicine

Translational Cardiovascular Research Center (TCRC)

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Erik Blackwood is the Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Chris Glembotski’s lab at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Erik was recruited to UA-COMP as a Faculty-in-Training and the Logistics Director for the Translational Cardiovascular Research Center of which Dr. Glembotski is the inaugural director. Erik completed his Ph.D. in the Cell and Molecular Biology Joint Doctoral Program between San Diego State University and UC San Diego where his research broadly concerned molecular cardiology focusing on the cardiac structure and function in the ischemic, hypertrophic, and failing heart, in vivo. He led a team at the SDSU Heart Institute that was focused on developing novel proteotoxic-based therapeutics for ischemic heart disease and hypertensive stress. More recently, Erik’s research has progressed into the development of novel large animal models of heart failure with either reduced or preserved ejection fraction and the efficacy testing of many of the lead candidate small molecule therapies in these swine models. His recruitment to UA-COMP has served to reinvigorate the lab’s interests in these therapies in the setting of neurodegenerative diseases and, appropriately enough, many national leaders in preclinical and clinical Alzheimer’s disease research reside right here in Arizona.

  • Non-canonical mediators of cellular proteostasis
  • Inter-organ communication in systemic pathologies
  • Small molecule and peptide-based therapeutic development
  • Small and large preclinical models of heart failure
  • Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, 2020

    SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program

  • B.S., 2008

    The University of Notre Dame