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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.  

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