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Principal Investigator:

Katya Ravid, Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. K. Ravid, trained at the Technion and MIT, is an Established Investigator with the American Heart Association, has served on editorial and advisory boards and on ASH and Purines Scientific Committees, chaired local and national conferences, such as the Gordon Research Conference on cell biology of megakaryocytes and platelets, and is the recipient of several Awards in recognition of research and teaching, such as Boston University School of Medicine Educator of the Year Award in Graduate Medical Sciences, Sidney University Professorship Award, the Weizmann Institute Rosi and Max Varon Professorship Award, and as a long-standing ASMBM member was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Award.

Founding Director, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (

Training Program Director, NHLBI-funded Training Program in Cardiovascular Biology (


“Rewarding science is born out of creativity, tenacity and generosity.” (Katya Ravid)



Past and Current Trainees Pre (PhD training) or Post-doctoral Training Period Prior Academic Degree(s) Title of Research Project Current Position (past trainees)

Source of Support (current trainees)

Degree(s) Institution(s)
Chen, Wen-Che Pre 1994-1997 MS Harvard School of Public Health Thrombopoietin-inducible genes Research Associate, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, HMS, Boston, MA; then Dental school, Dentist in CA
Frances, Cynthia Post 1996-2000 PhD Boston University School of Medicine Adenosine receptors in platelets and vascular smooth muscle Proctor & Gamble (consultant)
Sun, Shishinn Post 1995-1999 PhD St. John University, NY Regulation of the endomitotic cell cycle in megakaryocytes Investigator, Assistant Professor,

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Research Institute

Phytochemical Lab

Manhasset, NY

Thompson, Alex**
1995-1999 MS University of Coleraine, Ireland Regulation of endomitosis in megakaryocytes
Lecturer; Principal Investigator, Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology (CCRCB),

Queen’s University of

Belfast Northern Ireland

Zhao, Zhi-Hui Post 1994-2000 MD/PhD Beijing Med. Univ., China Adenosine receptors in platelets and vascular smooth muscle Senior Director Antibody & Protein Discovery QLB Biotherapeutics Inc., Senior Scientist, Bioscience Technologies, Inc, Waltham, MA (since 2008); Assistant Professor of Medicine, BUSM (2002-2008)
Zimmet, Jeffrey**
Pre** (MD/PhD) 1995-1998 BS Wesleyan Univ., CT Regulation of the endomitotic cell cycle in megakaryocytes Associate Professor of Medicine, Univ California San Francisco; Interventional Cardiology, San Francisco VAMC
Cataldo, Leah Post 1995-1997 PhD University of Massachusetts Thrombopoietin-induced genes Science Department Head, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Hechler, Beatrice Post 1998-2000 PhD INSERM U.311Etablissement Français du Sang-Alsace Strasbourg, FR Overexpression of the P2Y1 receptor specifically in megakaryocytes and platelets from transgenic mice Faculty Researcher and Group Leader, INSERM,


Pierron, Anne Pre (MA) 2001 BA University of Nice, FR Effect of adenosine analogs on cell growth Research Associate,University of Nice, France
Jones, Matthew**
1999-2003 BA University of Delaware Regulation of ploidy in vascular smooth muscle and megakaryocytes Associate Professor; Director, Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, Boston University Med School
Kaluzhny, Yulia Pre 1996-2001 MS Moscow State Institute, Moscow, USSR Lineage determination and apoptosis of megakaryocytes Group Leader, MatTek Corp., Ashland, MAA
Lu, Jun**
Pre 1997-2003 MSc Nanjing University, Nanjing, P.R. China Nucleosome assembly proteins in hematopoiesis Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Wang, Zhengyu (Zack)**
Pre 1994-1998 BS East China University of Chem. Technology Transcriptional regulation of cyclin D3 in megakaryocytes; implication for cell maturation and platelet production Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical School; Principal Investigator and ES Cell Core Director,

Center for Molecular Medicine

Maine Medical Center Research Institute (until 2012)

Yaar, Ron Pre (MD/PhD) 1998-2002 BSc Boston University Regulation of expression of the A3 adenosine receptor in the vasculature Assistant Professor, Director of Resident and International Dermatopathology Training
Dermato-pathology, Boston Medical Center (until 2012); Pathologist, Atlanta
Zhang, Ying**
Pre 1998-2003 MSc Univ. Science & Technol, Hefei, China, BSC, 1979, Shanghai Inst. of Biochemistry Mechanism of thrombopoietin effect on platelet development CEO of a Biotech start up in China (former Instructor of Medicine, Boston University, Med)
Dharmaraj, Chinnappan Post 1999-2000 PhD All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India Regulation of polyploidy during hematopoiesis Research Scientist, Astrazeneca, Westborough, MA
Nguyen, Hao G.** Pre (MD/PhD) 2001-2005 BA Univ. of Cal. Berkely The regulation of Aurora-kinase stability and its role in polyploidization and transformation Assistant Professor of Urology, UCSF, CA; formerly Clinical Fellow, (Resident in Surgery until 2014), Univ. California Davis Medical Center
 Guangyao Yu Post 2000-2002 MD, PhD Henan Medical University, Zhengzhou, Henan, China (MD; Tongji Medical University, China (PhD) Control of megakaryocyte ploidy and apoptosis Research Scientist, Tetralogic Pharmaceuticals, Malvern, PA
St.Hilaire, Cynthia**
2004-2008 BS University of Vermont Adenosine receptor function in the vasculature Assistant Professor of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh

(Postdoctoral Fellow, NHLBI till 2015)

McCrann, Donald J.**
2004-2008 BS Yale University Polyploidy and vascular function Research Group Leader, IDEXX Laboratories, Westbrook, ME (Postdoctoral Fellow, Maine Medical Research Center (until 2011)
Liu, Kenian Post 2005-2006 PhD Univ. of Arkansas Med Sci Hematopoiesis and ploidy regulation Member & Assistant Professor, Moffitt Cancer Center &University of South Florida (prior: Researcher, UMDNJ, Center for Human and Molecular Genetics, Newark, NJ)
Makitalo, Maria Pre (MA courses) 2005-2007 MA Sweden Transcriptional signatures in lineage restricted genes PhD researcher, Sweden
Rier, Andrea* Undergraduate Summer 2005 BS Virginia University Adenosine analogs and cell cycle inhibition Resident, Family Medicine, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA
Rodriguez, David* Undergraduate Summer 2006 University of Texas, El Paso, TX Regulation of Vascular cell growth In Medical School
Yang, Dan Post 2004-2009 MD/PhD San Yat-Sen and Hunan University, China The role of A2b adenosine receptors in inflammation and vascular pathology Staff Scientist, NHLBI
Papadantonakis, Nikolaos Post 2006-2010 MD University of Crete Regulation of polyploidy in bone marrow cells Assistant Professor, University of Alabama Medical School; Formerly Hem/Onc Fellow, Cleveland Clinic (before that: MD Resident, Internal Medicine, Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine); Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Burridge, Kelley A. Post 2010 MD/PhD Boston University Oxidative Stress and megakaryocyte polyploidy Investigator, FDA
Eliades, Alexia** Pre 2007-2011 BA University of Athens, Greece Bone marrow megakarypoiesis Research Associate,

University of Manchester, England

Chen, Hongjie Post 2007-2011 PhD Chinese Academy of Sciences The role of adenosine receptors is angiogenesis  

Assistant Director, Clinical Genetics, Mt. Sinai Medical School, NY

Koupenova-Zamor, Milka** Post 2005-2010 (Pre); 2010-2011 (Post) BS University of California Los Angeles; BUSM The role of A2b adenosine receptors in vascular proliferation Instructor of Medicine, University of Mass Medical School
Bhupatiraju, Ajoy Post 2010-present PhD India Tech Inst Oxidase control of megakaryo-poiesis Teacher, India
Carroll, Shannon** Pre 2009-2013 BS, MS University of Arizona Adenosine receptors and stem cell niche Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Johnston-Cox, Hillary** Pre (MD/PhD) 2009-2014 BS University of California San Diego The role of A2b adenosine receptors in vascular disease Cardiology Fellow, U Penn; Formerly MD resident, Mt. Sinai Medical School, NY
Eisenstein, Anna** Pre (MD/PhD) 2010-2014 BA Middlebury College Adenosine receptors and mesenchymal stem cell differentiation Medical Residency, Yale School of Medicine
Mi, Rongjuan
Post 2012-2015 PhD
Clemson University, Clemson, SC Control of BM matrix by megakaryocyte LOX Research Scientist, BU Dental School
Patterson, Shenia* Pre (MD/PhD) 2012-2016 BS Spelman College, Atlanta Molecular mechanisms of effects of adenosine on vascular tone Medical Student, BUSM
Hector Lucero Research Associate 2014-present (Part-time) PhD University of Buenos Aires Argentina Control of Bone marrow matrix by megakaryocyte LOX In Dr. Ravid lab (part time)
Matsuura, Shinobu Post 2011-2016 Post doc; 2016- DVM, PhD DVM: Universidade de Sao Paulo;
PhD: University of Tokyo
Mechanisms of thrombosis and megakaryocyte properties in myelofibrosis Instructor of Medicine

In Dr. Ravid lab

Ethan Yu-Sheng Chang Student 2015-2016
Boston University LOX regulation by RUNX1 in megakaryocytes In graduate studies
Ng, Seng Kah Post 2016-present PhD Temasek Life Science Laboratory / National University of Singapore Mechanosensing and megakaryocyte properties In Dr. Ravid lab
Leiva, Orly* Medical Student 2016-present BS Wright State University, Magna Cum Laude Control of Bone marrow cell stem-induced myelofibrosis In Dr. Ravid lab;

2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship;

2016 ASH Hematology Opportunities for the Next-Generation of Research Scientists (HONORS) Award

Walker, Joshua Post 2016-present PhD Boston College LOX and uremic solutes control of thrombosis In Dr. Ravid and Dr. Chitalia labs
Thompson, Cristal Reyna Post 2018-present PhD Notre Dame mycobacterial N-terminal peptides In Dr. Ravid’s lab
Ward, Christina Post 2018-present PhD Augusta University Regulation of γ-globin expression by microRNA In Dr. Ravid’s lab
Karagianni, Katerina Medical Student 2018-present MS Greece to be announced In Dr. Ravid’s lab

(*) Trainees from minority population

(**) Recipients of the first or second awards for thesis work -BUSM Russek Award for Excellence; or Evans Day Award for Outstanding Study/Poster. Jeffrey Zimmet is also a recipient of Boston University President’s Award for graduate studies. Zhengyu Wang is also a recipient of the BUSM Dean’s Award for Ph.D. thesis work



Students from Greece in Dr. Ravid’s lab

Starting in 2012

Student Number: Name: Summer spent in lab: School attended in Greece: Email address:


Alexandra Koutsolelou

summer of 2012

University of Athens, Biology


Efstratios Kofopoulos – Lymperis

summer of 2012

University of Crete, Medicine


Emmanouela Tsagkaraki

summer of 2013

University of Crete, Medicine


Michail Kontakis

summer of 2013

University of Crete, Medicine


George Kalarakis

summer of 2014

University of Crete, Medicine


Eleni Terezaki

summer of 2014

University of Crete, Medicine