Dr. Ziad Mallat, MD, PhD. Dr. Mallat received his MD and his degree in Cardiovascular Disease from University of Paris VI in 1996, and his Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology from University of Paris VII in 1999. He is currently a Director of Research at Inserm, Paris, France. Dr. Mallat’s early work identified apoptotic death within the atherosclerotic lesion as the major determinant of plaque-tissue factor activity. His work on the regulation of the inflammatory response in atherosclerosis identified prominent roles for specific regulatory pathways in limiting plaque development and inflammation. Dr. Mallat’s current research activities address the relation between autoimmune diseases and atherosclerosis, and the role of the regulatory immune response in the prevention and treatment of plaque vulnerability. He is on the Editorial Board of Circulation Research and Associate Editor of Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.