Amritha Yellamilli

UMN MSTP student Amritha Yellamilli


Entering Class:


Virginia Commonwealth University
Biology major
B.S., 2011

University of Minnesota
Integrative Biology & Physiology Graduate Program
Ph.D., 2018

Honors and Awards: 


  • 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)


  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, UMN Graduate School (2016-2017)
  • 3M Science and Technology Fellowship (2013-2017)


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

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee (2012-2013, 2017-19)
  • Monthly Meeting Planning Committee (2014-2015)
  • Retreat Planning Committee (2014)

Thesis Advisor: Jop van Berlo, MD, PhD

Thesis Research

Studying the regenerative potential of cardiac progenitor cells in vivo.

Publications (pubmed)

Yellamilli A, Ren Y, McElmurry RT, Lambert JP, Gross P, Mohsin S, Houser SR, Elrod JW, Tolar J, Garry DJ, van Berlo JH. Abcg2-expressing side population cells contribute to cardiomyocyte renewal through fusion. FASEB J. 2020 Apr;34(4):5642-5657.

Chen Z, Zhu W, Bender I, Gong W, Kwak IY, Yellamilli A, Hodges TJ, Nemoto N, Zhang J, Garry DJ, van Berlo JH. Pathologic Stimulus Determines Lineage Commitment of Cardiac C-kit+ Cells. Circulation. 2017 Dec 12;136(24):2359-2372. PMCID: PMC5726921

Yellamilli A, van Berlo JH. The Role of Cardiac Side Population Cells in Cardiac Regeneration. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2016 Sep 13;4:102. Review. PMCID: PMC5020051

Stelter Z, Strakova J, Yellamilli A, Fischer K, Sharpe K, Townsend D. Hypoxia-induced cardiac injury in dystrophic mice. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016 Feb 5:ajpheart.00917.2015. PMCID: PMC4865065

For work prior to the U of MN MSTP:

Arjomandi M, Frelinger J, Donde A, Wong H, Yellamilli A, Raymond W. Secreted osteopontin is highly polymerized in human airways and fragmented in asthmatic airway secretions. PLoS One 2011; 6(10):e25678. PMCID: PMC3198733