Richard S. Beard Jr., Ph.D.

Richard S. Beard Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor/Principal Investigator

Before I began my academic career trajectory, I was exposed to clinical medicine while serving as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. Throughout my undergraduate education, I worked as a Registered Medical Assistant and a Study Coordinator for NHLBI-funded clinical trial AIM-HIGH. During this time, I formed an appreciation for the complexity of vascular disease. In fact, acknowledgment of the vast disconnect between the pathophysiological basis of vascular disease and current therapeutic options is what led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Dr. Shawn Bearden’s Lab at Idaho State University. My dissertation was centered on investigating how elevated levels of plasma homocysteine initiate and propagate small blood vessel disease. Following graduate school, I completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Sarah Yuan’s Lab where my efforts broadened to investigating commonalities in how microvessels respond to a host of inflammatory mediators. I am now an Assistant Research Professor at Boise State University where my lab continues to research microvascular pathologies during aberrant inflammatory challenges.

Brian Hoettels, B.S.

Brian Hoettels, B.S.

Graduate Research Assistant/In vitro Project Manager

Brian coordinates all of the lab’s projects utilizing in vitro models. He is currently the lead on a project titled: “The Extracellular Matrix Proteoglycan Decorin is Upregulated by Endothelial Cells During Inflammation and Contributes to Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction.”

Travis Wertz, B.S.

Travis Wertz, B.S.

Graduate Research Assistant/In vivo Project Manager

Travis coordinates all of the lab’s projects utilizing in vivo models. He is currently lead on a project titled: “Oncostatin M Induces Barrier Dysfunction in Brain Microvascular Endothelium via Snail-Dependent Repression of TAMPs.”

Desiree Self, B.S.

Desiree Self, B.S.

Graduate Research Assistant

Desiree is interested in leukocyte-endothelial interactions during neuroinflammation and coordinates all of the lab’s flow cytometry experiments.

Kristina Chapman, B.S.

Kristina Chapman, B.S.

Molecular Biology Technician

Kristina coordinates all of the lab’s molecular cloning and protein biochemistry projects.

Ofeira Faapouli, B.S.

Ofeira Faapouli, B.S.

Histology Technician

Ofeira manages all of our histology experiments.

Marianne Meindertsma, B.S.

Marianne Meindertsma, B.S.

Administrative Project Manager

Marianne has a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Project Management and is currently pursuing her Masters in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at Boise State University. She volunteers in the lab assisting Dr. Beard with the coordination of various projects, scheduling, training, and collaborations.

Jessica McAllister

Jessica McAllister

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jessica is an undergraduate researcher looking at the relationships between blood-brain barrier dysfunction and white-matter demyelination.

Heidi Henderson

Heidi Henderson

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISITANT

Heidi is an undergraduate researcher. She is working on histological examinations of the blood-retinal barrier and retinal microvessel architecture.