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Neil Chi

Professor, School of Medicine, UC San Diego

Neil C. Chi MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, is Director of the UCSD Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic and Cardiac Tissue Harvest and Biorepository Core. His clinical and research focuses are on cardiac development/regeneration; novel disease gene targets and treatment; and gene and stem cell based therapies in heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular disease, and congenital heart disease.

Dr. Chi has grants from National Institutes of Health and other foundations, and is the recipient of the 2010 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award that focuses on developing novel strategies for cardiac regeneration.


  • 1991 BS, Honors, Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 1997 PhD, Tumor Cell Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • 1998 MD, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • 1998-1999 Intern, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • 1999-2001 Resident, Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2001-2003 Fellowship, Cardiology, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003-2008 Postdoctoral, Genetics, University of California, San Francisco, CA