Recent Alumni (2007-2019)

Cristal Reyna Thompson, Ph.D. (June 2018 – April 2020) 

Mentor: Katya Ravid, DSc

Scientific Consultant/Field Application Scientist, Genedata

Todd Sponholtz, Ph.D. (July 2018 – April 2020)

Mentor: Vasan S. Ramachandran, MD 

Alessandra Fedoce Weaver, Ph.D. (April, 2018 – April 2020)

Mentor: Markus Bachschmid, PhD

Senior Research Investigator, Opix Pharmaceuticals

Joshua Walker, Ph.D. (March 2016 – April 2020)

Mentor: Vipul Chitalia, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston College

Jason Nasse, Ph.D. (March 2017 – April 2020)

Mentor: Carmela Abraham, Ph.D

Erik Taylor, Ph.D. (July 2016 – March 2019)

Mentor: Jim Hamilton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Nicholas Chavkin, Ph.D. (July 2017- June 2018)

Mentor: Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate, University of Virginia 

Seng Kah Ng, Ph.D. (July 2016- June 2018)

Mentor: Katya Ravid, D.Sc. 

Scientist, Alstem, Richmond, Virginia 

Jiyao Zhang, Ph.D. (June 2016-June 2018)

Mentor: Naomi Hamburg, M.D

Scientific Representative, Stemcell Tech, Cambridge, MA

Joon W. “Simon” Shim, Ph.D. (February 2016- June 2018)

Mentor: Victoria Bolotina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Sonomi Maruyama, Ph.D. (2016-2017)

Mentor: Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development, Edison, NJ

Olukemi Akintwew, Ph.D. (2015-2017)

Mentor: Joyce Wong, Ph.D.

Current Position – Lecturer University of Tampa; Lecturer Hillsborough Community College, Tampa Florida

Deepa Gopal, M.D. (2015-2017)

Mentor: Wilson Colucci,M.D.

Current Position – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

AHA Fellow to Faculty Award

Shakun Karki, Ph.D. (2014-2017)

Mentor: Noyan Gokce,M.D. 

Current Position – Assistant Professor, KO1 Award, Boston University School of Medicine

Darae Ko, M.D. (2014-2017)

Mentors: Elaine Hylek M.D. and Naomi Hamburg, M.D.

Current Position – PGY 2 Resident, Boston Medical Center

Nicole Spartano, Ph.D. (2014-2017)

Mentor: Vasan Ramachandran, M.D.

Current Position – Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

Heidi Schwanz, Ph.D.  (2012-2014)

MR imaging of atherosclerotic plaques

Mentor: James Hamilton, Ph.D.

Current Position – Senior Pharmaceutical Scientist – Boston Scientific, Maple Grove, MN

Susan MacLauchlan, Ph.D. (2012-2015)

Induction of antiangiogenic alternative splicing by Wnt5a

Mentor: Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D.

Current Position –  Postdoctoral Associate, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jessica Fry, Ph.D. (2010-2012; 2014-2015)

ADAM9 isoforms in breast cancer cell migration

Mentor: Richard Cohen, M.D.

Current Position – Assistant Professor, Biology, Curry College, Milton MA

Ron Neppl, Ph.D. (2014-2015)

lncRNA regulation of physiological and pathophysiological growth processes within the cardiovascular system

Mentor: Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D.

Current Position –  Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Klara Rosenquist, M.D. (2011- 2014)

Clinical Correlation of Cardiometabolic Risk Associated with Upper Body Subcutaneous Far

Mentor: Caroline Fox

Current Position Associate Medical Director, Quality and Process Improvement, North Shore Physicians Group, Danver, MA

Jessica L. Fetterman, Ph.D. (2011-2014)

Impaired Autophagy in Endothelial Cells from Diabetic Patients

Mentor: Joseph Vita, MD

Current Position – Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Milka Koupenova- Zamor, Ph.D. (2011- 2014)

The role of platelet TLR-7 in Thrombocytopenia

Mentor: Jane E Freedman, Katya Ravid, D.Sc.

Current Position – Instructor of Medicine University of Massachusetts Medical School

Christine Oslowski, Ph.D. (2012-2014)

The relationship between store-operated Calcium entry and ER stress in Beta-Cells

Mentor: Victoria Bolotina, Ph.D.

Current Position – Assistant Professor of Science, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston; Social Media Content Specialist for Thermo Fisher

Rudy Valentine, Ph.D. (2011- 2014)

Nutrient Excess, Inflammation and Insulin Resistance

Mentor: Neil Ruderman M.D., Ph.D.

Current Position – Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University

Pamela Dorsey, Ph.D. (2012- 2014)

Cardioprotective properties of Phenolytic compounds

Mentor: Joseph Vita, MD and Naomi Hamburg, M.D.

Current Position  – Staff Fellow, Pharmacology (Generic Drugs), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA

Caroline Kramer, Ph.D. (2011- 2014)

Innate Innum Mechanisms Involved in Porphyromonas gingivalis-induced Chronic Inflammation

Mentor: Caroline Genco, Ph.D.

Current Position – Research Associate, Tufts University School of Medicine

Jingyan Han, Ph.D. (2013-2014)

The Role of glutaredoxin-1 in Endothelial Barrier Function Regulation and Atherosclerosis

Mentor: Richard Cohen, M.D. 

Current Position – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Dylan Steen, M.D. (2011-2013)

The Stabilization of Plaques using Darapladib- TIMI 52

Mentor: Stephen Wivott, M.D.

Current Position – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director, Clinical Trials and Population Health Research, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Humra Athar, Ph.D. (2010-2013)

Early Events in the assembly of VLDL, the precursor of LDL

Mentor: Jamie McKnight, Ph.D. 

Current Position: Scientist IIIUSDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Antonina Risitano, Ph.D. (2010-2013)

The Role of the Platelet Transcriptome in Regulating Athero-thrombosis

Mentor: Jane Freedman Ph.D. 

Current Position: Researcher, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

David Chess, Ph.D. (2009 – 2010)

Mitochondrial dynamics and energy efficiency in the pancreatic islet

Mentor: Orian Shirihai, Ph.D.

Current Position:  Manager, Technical Operations, BioMotiv, Cleveland, OH

Gladys Ngoh, Ph.D. (2009-2012)

Innate Immune Response to Porphyromonas gingivalis within endothelial cells

Mentor: Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D.

Current Position: Scientist, Janssen R&D, KO1 Award

Jessica Fry, Ph.D. (2009-2010)

Molecular mechanisms of tumor progression at the basic level

Mentor: Richard Cohen, M.D.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Biology, Curry College, Milton, MA

Kenneth Barth, Ph.D. (2009-2010)

Innate Immune Response to Porphyromonas gingivalis within endothelial cells

Mentor: Caroline Genco, Ph.D.

Current Position: Instructor of Medicine, Tufts University, Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology

Duncan Sousa, Ph.D. (2008 – 2011)

Tropomyosin flexibility and muscle force

Mentor : William Lehman, Ph.D.

Current Position:  Associate in Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute 

Melissa Farb, Ph.D. (2008-2010)

Adiposity, Inflammation and vascular dysfunction

Mentor: Noyan Gokce, M.D.

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Jesse Lugus, Ph.D. (2007-2010)

Adiposity, Inflammation and the Secretome

Mentor: Kenneth Walsh, Ph.D.

Current Position: Research Investigator I, Novartis Institutes

Hongjie Chen, Ph.D. (2007-2010)

Tumor Necrosis, Factor-alpha Regulation and Vascular Stress

Mentor: Katya Ravid, D.Sc.

Current Position: Assistant Professor,  Genetics and Genomic Sciences; Assistant Director of Biochemical Genetics Laboratory at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Eric Essick, Ph.D. (2007-2010)

Oxidative Stress, Cardiomyocytes and the Role of Adiponectin

Mentor: Flora Sam, M.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor, St. Francis University, Juliet, Illinois

Christopher Sucato, Ph.D. (2007-2010)

MRI Imaging of Vulnerable Plaque

Mentor: James Hamilton, Ph.D. 

Current Position: Lead Scientist, Head of Biophysical Characterization, Blue Stream Laboratories, Cambridge, MA

Lea Beaulieu, Ph.D. (2007-2010)

Inflammatory Modulation of Megakaryocytes and Thrombopoiesis through TLR2 and IL1R

Mentor: Jane Freedman, M.D. 

Current Position: Associate Director, Chief of Staff, Platelet Biogenesis, Allston, MA 

Mustali Dohadwala, M.D. (2007-2009)

Antioxidants, Reactive Oxygen Species and Vascular Function

Mentor: Joseph Vita, M.D.

Current Position: Medical Director and Principal, Heartsafe LLC, North Andover, MA

Ivan Luptak, M.D. (2007-2009)

Redox, Aging, and Diastolic Function

Mentor: Wilson Colucci, M.D.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine; Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Boston Medical Center