Cristine Reitz
Supervisor: Dr. Tami Martino

Program: PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Guelph

Academic Background:
MSc, University of Guelph (2014-2015, Reclassified to PhD)
HBSc, University of Guelph (2010-2014)

Awards:
. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (PhD) - September 2015
. Dr. Pari K. Basrur Travel Scholarship, OVC, University of Guelph - April 2015
. CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master's) - September 2014
. Tri-Council Scholarship, University of Guelph - September 2014
. OVC MSc Scholarship, University of Guelph - September 2014
. MSc Entrance Scholarship, University of Guelph - May 2014

Research Interests:
. Circadian regulation of adaptive immune responses to myocardial injury
. Impact of circadian disruption on cardiac healing and remodeling
. Investigating pharmacological compounds in the treatment of heart disease

Thesis Topic:
The role of CLOCK in cardiac growth, renewal and remodeling.

Publications:
4. Reitz CJ, Martino TA. (2015). Disruption of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep on Critical Illness and the Impact on Cardiovascular Events. Curr Pharm Des. 21(24):3505-11.
3. Alibhai FJ, Tsimakouridze EV, Reitz CJ, Pyle WG, Martino TA. (2016). 'The Cardiac Clock' in Circadian Clocks: Role in Health and Disease. Springer APS.
2. Alibhai FJ, Tsimakourdize EV, Reitz CJ, Pyle WG, Martino TA. (2015). Consequences of Circadian and Sleep Disturbances for the Cardiovascular System. Can J Cardiol. 31(7):860-72.
1. Macdonald JK, Pyle WG, Reitz CJ, Howlett SE. (2014). Cardiac contraction, calcium transients, and myofilament calcium sensitivity fluctuate with the estrous cycle in young adult female mice. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 306(7):H938-53.

Abstracts:
4. Reitz CJ, Tsimakouridze EV, Alibhai FJ, Martino TA. The circadian clock orchestrates T cell responses to benefit healing after myocardial infarction (heart attack). Second Conference of the Canadian Society for Chronobiology. Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Concordia University, May 29-31, 2015. Montreal, Canada.
3. Tsimakouridze EV, Alibhai FJ, Reitz CJ, Martino TA. Chronotherapy with angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor at sleep-time benefits outcome post myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (heart attack). Second Conference of the Canadian Society for Chronobiology. Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Concordia University, May 29-31, 2015. Montreal, Canada.
2. Reitz CJ, Tsimakouridze EV, Alibhai FJ, Martino TA. The circadian clock regulates T cells and benefits healing after a heart attack. Graduate Student Research Symposium. University of Guelph, November 12, 2014. Guelph, Canada.
1. Reitz CJ, Bennardo M, Tsimakouridze EV, Alibhai FJ, Martino TA. Circadian rhythms in innate immune responses are critical for cardiac repair following myocardial infarction in mice. First Conference of the Canadian Society for Chronobiology, University of Toronto, May 24-26, 2013. Toronto, Canada.

Links:
OVC Bulletin, University of Guelph "Grad students receive CIHR support"