Meet Morgan Salmon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Research in Surgery

June 12, 2019 by

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Meet Morgan Salmon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Research in Surgery at the UVA School of Medicine.

This post is part of a series of interviews with new and junior faculty. Stay tuned for more interviews with your colleagues!

Q: How long have you been at UVA and where were you before you came to UVA?

A: I first came to UVA to begin a postdoc in 2008 in the Cardiovascular Research Center with Dr. Gary Owens. After spending 3 years in his laboratory, I came to work in the Aneurysm Laboratory with Drs. Gorav Ailawadi and Gilbert Upchurch. I started my first faculty position in June 2015 after I received an American Heart Association National Scientist Development Grant to study the role of KLF2 in aortic aneurysm formation. Before coming to UVA, I received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center under Dr. Zendra Zehner.

Q: Is there something that you’ve worked on or accomplished in your career that you’re particularly proud of or glad you were able to experience?

A: I would have to say there are two things that I was particularly proud of accomplishing so far in my career. The first would be receiving the American Heart National Scientist Development Grant. I was very proud because I got this grant on my first try. The second accomplishment I am proud of was that I completed an online MBA program while working the the aortic aneurysm laboratory from 2014-2016. I am very interested in translational science and in trying to find a medical treatment therapy to treat aortic aneurysms, so it was really exciting to see the business side of innovation during my MBA program.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: Well, I definitely did not think I would be a scientist! I had always wanted to be a medical doctor growing up. I guess I kinda ended up falling into pursuing science as a career during college and realized it was for me! I definitely enjoy the challenges it brings everyday and how each day is never the same!

Q: A favorite spot to grab lunch during the day?

A: I mostly eat lunch at my desk but, when I am out and about a favorite spot is Basil on the corner. It’s my favorite place for faculty lunches.

Q: Do you have any children or fur babies at home that you would like to tell us about?

A: I am actually active in rescue in Charlottesville and work with a rescue known as K Kids Dachshund Rescue, which works to find dachshund and dachshund mixes good veterinary care and permanent homes in Virginia. I currently have three dachshunds that I have adopted from rescues: a shaded cream named Sophie who is seven, a dachshund-beagle mix named Jax who is 2 and a long-haired puppy named Loki. I have definitely grown to love the breed and have had at least one dachshund in my house for the past 20 years.

Q: Do you have a favorite local restaurant or hangout spot?

A: I’d have to say that I really enjoy eating at Junction over in Belmont for a nice dinner out with friends ,while two great hang out spots I enjoy with friends are Champion Brewery Downtown and Reason Beer off Greenbriar. It’s hard to choose though because we have such great places to eat and hang out in Charlottesville!

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