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Post-Doctoral Fellows and Students

Sara Blick-Nitko, M.S.
Sara Blick-Nitko M.S.
Graduate Student
Morrell Lab

Research Interest: The Multifactorial Roles of Platelets in Malaria Infection

Kimberly Burgos Villar, M.S.
Kimberly Burgos Villar M.S.
Graduate Student
Small Lab

Research Interest: Scar formation and inflammatory signaling after a myocardial infarction

Si Chen, Ph.D.
Si Chen Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Yan Lab

Research Interest:

Focuses on the role of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A) in regulating cardiac hypertrophy and dysfunction.

Sayantani Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Sayantani Chowdhury Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Berk Lab

Omar Hedaya, MS
Omar Hedaya MS
Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest:

Understanding the Role of RNA Structures in Regulating Upstream Open Reading Frames

Chia (George) Hsu, Ph.D.
Chia (George) Hsu Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Berk Lab

Research Interest:

Programmed Cell Death (PCD) in cardiovascular disease (CVD). While great progress has been achieved in the unveiling of the molecular mechanisms of PCD, a new level of complexity, with important therapeutic implications, has begun to emerge. I am particularly interested in Pyroptosis, a highly inflammatory form of lytic PCD, and Ferroptosis, a form of PCD involved in metabolic imbalance and the perturbation of redox homeostasis.

Feng Jiang, MS
Feng Jiang MS
Graduate Student
Yao Lab

Research Interest:

Potential mRNA Translation-Related Function of RNA-Binding Protein PRRC2B

Eng Soon Khor, Ph.D.
Eng Soon Khor Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Yao Lab

Chen Li, M.S.
Chen Li M.S.
Graduate Student
Morrell Lab

Research Interest:

The role of platelets in immune system

Sean Lindley,
Sean Lindley
Graduate Student
Anderson Lab

Xiaoyi Liu,
Xiaoyi Liu
Graduate Student
Small Lab

Research Interest:

The role of small proline-rich protein 2b (Sprr2b) in the regulation of protein stability, fibroblast plasticity and cardiac fibrosis.

Alison Livada, M.S.
Alison Livada M.S.
Graduate Student
Morrell Lab

Research Interest:

Megakaryocytes and platelets roles' in immunity and Origin of lung megakaryocytes and their roles in shaping immune responses

Preeti Maurya, Ph.D.
Preeti Maurya Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Morrell Lab

Himanshu Meghwani, Ph.D.
Himanshu Meghwani Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Berk Lab

Jessica Perciaccante,
Jessica Perciaccante
Graduate Student
Anderson Lab

Research Interest:

The function of lncRNAs in heart development; optimizing techniques to identify direct protein interactions with lncRNAs.

Michal Shaposhnikov,
Michal Shaposhnikov
Graduate Student
Berk Lab

Research Interest:

Signaling transduction mechanisms in the vascular system