samlabFlora Sam, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHFSA

My name is Flora Sam. I am an advanced heart failure cardiologist and physician-scientist investigator. My research is driven by clinical questions and taken back to the lab (bedside to bench).

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute
Cardiovascular Section / Cardiomyopathy Program
Boston University Medical Center


samlabMaría Valero Muñoz, PhD

Hi, my name is Maria. After obtained my PhD in Madrid, Spain, I came to Boston in 2014 to pursue my postdoctoral degree in the Sam lab and I recently obtained my Assistant Professor of Medicine appointment at BU.  My research focuses is investigating the cross-talk between the heart and the adipose tissue during pathogenic conditions such as obesity or heart failure. Outside the lab, I like reading and cooking. I also love traveling and spending time with my family and friends.


AlbinAlbin Oh, MD

Hi, my name is Albin. I am from Virginia and received B.S. in Biology from University of Virginia. I came to Boston in 2013 to attend Boston University School of Medicine where I obtained M.D. and in process of post graduate training at Boston Medical Center. Outside the lab, my wife and I love to explore the trails in New England with our awesome dog, Oliver. They also accompany me on my numerous fishing trips to the Cape, North Shore, Jamaica pond, or even just along the Esplanade.



ElizabethElizabeth Faudoa, BS

Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I’m from Texas. I graduated from Boston University and received my B.S. in Economics and minored in Biology. I have previously been in two other labs in WCVI. I enjoy painting and needle-felting during my free time. I also love music and attending concerts.





samlabRoss Okazaki, MD student

My name is Ross and I’m from Aiea, Hawaii. I moved to Boston in 2009, and I received both my B.S. in Human Physiology and M.D. from Boston University. This year I’ll be starting my Internal Medicine Residency at Boston Medical Center. In my spare time, you can find me at the climbing gym, out riding my bike, or at home being nerdy about cooking while enjoying a local brew.



samlabEugene Saw, PhD

My name is Eugene and I am originally from Malaysia. I recently completed my PhD study in New Zealand. I am currently doing post-doctoral training in the Sam lab. My research interest primarily lies in the area of cardiovascular disease, particularly the underlying mechanism driving the disease. Outside the laboratory, I enjoy traveling, hiking, photography and cooking.



Past lab members: 


Former Lab member, Toni-Ann Duhaney, technician.

Former Lab Member Katie

Former Lab Member, Katie Rude, technician.


Former Lab member, Dr. Anthony Garcia, BUMC internal medical resident.

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Former Lab member, Dr. Rene Quiroz, BUMC cardiology fellow.








Former Lab member, Dr. Sujata Ramamurthy (was a BUMC internal medicine resident)

Former Lab member, Dr. Sujata Ramamurthy, BUMC internal medicine resident

Former Lab member, Dr. Sujata Ramamurthy (was a BUMC internal medicine resident)

Former Lab member, Dr. Eric Essick, Postdoctoral Fellow

Former Lab member, Dr. Sujata Ramamurthy (was a BUMC internal medicine resident)

Former Lab member, Dr. Komei Tanaka, Postdoctoral Fellow










Former Lab Member, Vassili Glazyrine, Master Student


Former Summer Student, Adam Sonnenberg


Former Lab Member, Conor Fowler, Research Assistant








Former Lab Member, Batbold Boldbaatar, MD/PhD student


Former Lab Member, Shanpeng “Sean” Li, MD student


Former Lab Member, Richard Wilson, Senior Research Technician