Arjun Deb, an associate professor of medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and of molecular, cell, and developmental biology, has been elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

The society’s mission is to support the scientific efforts, educational needs, and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve human health, and membership is considered an honor.

In his work, Deb, who is also a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, focuses on developing ways to help the heart heal better after a heart attack. His lab works on ways to decrease heart scarring and complications of scar tissue formation while activating heart stem cells to grow new heart heart muscle. Because more than half a million people are newly diagnosed with heart failure every year, the success of novel small molecule and stem-cell based therapies for heart disease would dramatically improve patient quality of life and reduce burden on the health care system.

“We hope that the work we do here at UCLA will benefit society as a whole,” Deb said. “Membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation is recognition not just of the work in my lab, but of the overall scientific efforts and impact of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.”

Deb is affiliated with the Molecular Biology Institute and the Jonsson Cancer Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

He will be inducted in April at a ceremony in Chicago.