One of the commonalities among investigators at our institute is an insatiable thirst for new knowledge. Every member of our team is internally motivated to find answers for real-world medical conditions. We do this for the patients seen every day at The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital, across The Ohio State Heart and Vascular Center, throughout the College of Medicine, the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and beyond.

The ongoing pursuit of knowledge drives us to make the next discovery that will affect patients in Columbus, across the state and around the world.

Our Leadership

Thomas Hund

Thomas Hund, PhD

Interim Director, Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
Professor of Biomedical Engineering


PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University


We have world-class facilities and resources

world-class facilities and resourcesWithin The Ohio State University Heart and Vascular Center, College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center, we share a commitment to providing our patients with the most comprehensive healthcare options available. Similarly, within The Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, we have a commitment to our investigators to provide them world-class facilities and technologies to push the boundaries of science.

With a dedicated seven-floor building and space across the campus, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute is now one of the largest heart and lung research institutes in the world. Our physicians and scientists have access to cutting-edge technologies in imaging, cell biology, genetics, bioinformatics and statistics, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, metabolic profiling and animal physiology. Through collaborative efforts with the College of Medicine Office of Research, our investigators have a wealth of resources available for research, education and training.

Discovery through collaboration

Discovery through collaborationThe Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute employs a team approach to synergize discovery in biomedical research.

We believe that creativity and innovation are collaborative processes that rely on the participation of many to translate research discoveries at the laboratory bench to the hospital clinic. Our roots are in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, but our members include faculty from all branches of The Ohio State University. We are cardiologists, geneticists, pulmonologists, surgeons, engineers, pharmacists, nurses and clinical trial specialists. We are physicists, genetic counselors, epidemiologists, nephrologists, pediatricians, infectious disease researchers, and biostatisticians. We are biochemists, physiologists, anesthesiologists, sports medicine specialists and athletic trainers, cell biologists and family and emergency medicine physicians.

We are undergraduate biochemistry students and cardiothoracic surgeons working side-by-side to create new and innovative cell-based therapies for lung transplant. We are genetics graduate students and electrophysiologists working together to understand arrhythmia and sudden death in athletes. We are cardiology fellows, biomedical engineering physicists and heart failure cardiologists collaborating to design new algorithms for cardiac imaging in children. Finally, we are groups of staff, faculty and students working with Columbus and the central Ohio community to promote health and wellness.

We need you

We need youWe are driven, as individuals and teams, to discover new diagnostics and treatments focused on real-world medicine. Additionally, our labs train the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists, bioengineers, geneticists, nurses and teachers. The breakthroughs that are made each day at The Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute are in large part to the philanthropic support of our donors. These donations drive our education and research programs.

While we employ a collaborative approach within our walls, we believe that this same concept of collaboration extends beyond the Ohio State campus. Whether it is from an individual, a community or an organization, each donation goes directly to support our key mission and plays a critical role in the next discovery.

In realistic terms, donations keep the laboratories within The Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute up and running. We are grateful for the support of the community to improve the lives of those affected by life-threatening diseases.

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