Amritha Yellamilli

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:

  • Univeristy of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2016

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee 2012-2013, 2017-19
  • Retreat Planning Committee 2014

Thesis Advisor: Jop van Berlo, MD, PhD

Thesis Research

Studying the regenerative potential of cardiac progenitor cells in vivo.


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.

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.

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