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Power of Diversity Lecture: Michiko Watanabe

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites the campus community to hear from Michiko Watanabe, professor of pediatrics, genetics and anatomy, as she gives the next Power of Diversity Lecture.

She will present “Exploring the Tiny Beating Heart: Rewards of Diversity and Teamwork in Research on Heart Development” Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center’s Senior Classroom.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to this event by emailing your name and contact information to

Watanabe investigates the mechanisms of cardiovascular development using a range of in vitro and in vivo approaches. She has an extensive track record of research funded by both non-federal (American Heart Association) and federal (National Institutes of Health & National Science Foundation) sources and has published numerous papers.

Her current collaborative studies probe the relationship between form and function of the cardiovascular system using state of the art biomedical imaging technology.

In addition to teaching histology and cardiovascular development at the school of medicine and mentoring research investigators from high school to faculty, Watanabe fills a number of leadership roles at the university. She directs fellowship research in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and co-chairs the Asian Women Faculty Group.