Amritha Yellamilli

Amritha Yellamilli

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MD, University of Minnesota, Medical School, 2011-2020

Ph.D., Physiology, University of Minnesota, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, 2018.

B.S., Biology, Honors College, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2011.

Amritha will be continuing her training at Stanford’s Pediatric Residency Program in the Physician-Scientist Track.


Dissertation Title: Side Population Cells in the Adult Heart

Advisor: Jop H. van Berlo, M.D., Ph.D.

Date of Final Defense: June 14, 2018

Awards & Recognition

Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference: Cardiac Regulatory Mechanisms (2018)

J. Jacob Kaplan Award, UMN Medical School (2018)

Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award, UMN Division of Cardiology (2018)

Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award, UMN Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (2018)

Poster Award, International Society for Heart Research Annual Meeting (2017)

1st Place, Three Minute Thesis, UMN Medical School (2017)

People’s Choice Award and 2nd Place, Three Minute Thesis, UMN Graduate School (2017)

1st Place Poster Award, Engineering and Stem Cell Institute Joint Symposium, UMN Stem Cell Institute (2016)

2nd Place, Visscher Symposium Young Investigators Competition - UMN Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (2016)


Research Summary/Interests


Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, UMN Graduate School (2016-2017)

3M Science and Technology Fellowship, UMN Graduate School (2013-2017)


Yellamilli A, Ren Y, McElmurry RT, Lambert JP, Gross P, Mohsin A, Houser, SR, Elrod JW, Tolar, J, Garry DJ, and van Berlo JH. (2020). Abcg2-Expressing Side Population Cells Contribute to Cardiomyocyte Renewal through Fusion. FASEB J. 2020 Apr;34(4):5642-5657

Chen Z, Zhu W, Bender IK, Gong W, Kwak I-Y, Yellamilli A, Hodges TJ, Nemoto N, Zhang J, Garry DJ, and van Berlo JH. (2017). Pathologic Stimulus Determines Lineage Commitment of Cardiac C-kit+ Cells. Circulation, 136(24), 2359–2372.

Yellamilli, A., & van Berlo, J. H. (2016). The Role of Cardiac Side Population Cells in Cardiac Regeneration. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 4(102).

Stelter, Z., Strakova, J., Yellamilli, A., Fischer, K., Sharpe, K., & Townsend, D. W. (2016). Hypoxia-induced cardiac injury in dystrophic mice. American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 310(7), H938–H948.

Arjomandi, M., Frelinger, J., Donde, A., Wong, H., Yellamilli, A., & Raymond, W. (2011). Secreted osteopontin is highly polymerized in human airways and fragmented in asthmatic airway secretions. PloS One, 6(10), e25678.