Ebong, Eno- Picture FinalNortheastern researchers are investigating the heart from a variety of perspectives. Assis­tant pro­fessor of chem­ical engi­neering Eno Ebong implies that if the heart muscle were a tree, then she would be inter­ested in its vas­cular roots. In par­tic­ular, she’s inves­ti­gating how blood vessel plaque growth—a pre­cursor to heart attack—can be con­trolled by rein­forcing the pro­tec­tive sugar coat, called the gly­co­calyx, that lines our blood ves­sels.