Big Blue Family VIDEO: Father and Son Collaborate on Research and Outreach

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2014) — At first glance, it may not seem that the chair of cardiothoracic surgery in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a horticulture extension professor and specialist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment would share the same research interests.   But Sibu Saha and his son Shubin say the two areas fit together perfectly.  

They started collaborating on an attention-getting study about the cardiovascular effects of watermelon when Shubin worked at Purdue University.  Now that they are both on the same campus, they hope to use their shared expertise to further the study’s findings. 

Their ties to UK run deeper still.  Sibu’s wife, Becky Saha served as president of the Friends of the Arboretum and the couple established the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center Fund in 2010.  Shubin’s wife, Amanda Saha is an academic coordinator at in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Watch the “Big Blue Family” video above to discover what it’s like for father and son to conduct research together on the same campus and why their work for this university means so much to both of them. 

This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community.  There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 


Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

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