Recent Alumni (2007-2017)

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

Mentor: Kenneth Walsh

Associate Director, Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development, Edison, NJ

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

Mentor: Joyce Wong

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

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

Mentor: Wilson Colucci

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

Current Position – Instructor of Medicine, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardioprotective properties of Phenolytic compounds

Mentor: Joseph Vita, Naomi Hamburg

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

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

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

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

Current Position: Scientist IIIUSDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on AgingAdjunct 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

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, PhD

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

Current Position: Instructor of Medicine, BUSM

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

Molecular mechanisms of tumor progression at the basic level

Mentor: Richard Cohen

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

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, PhD  

Current Position:  Assistant Scholar/Scientist, Biological Science; Coordinator of the Biological Science Imaging Resource, Florida State University

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

Adiposity, Inflammation and vascular dysfunction

Mentor: Noyan Gokce

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

Current Position: Research Investigator I, Novartis Institutes

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

Tumor Necrosis, Factor-alpha Regulation and Vascular Stress

Mentor: Katya Ravid

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

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

Oxidative Stress, Cardiomyocytes and the Role of Adiponectin

Mentor: Flora Sam

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

Christopher Sucato, Ph.D. (2007-2010)

MRI Imaging of Vulnerable Plaque

Mentor: James Hamilton

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

Current Position: Senior Lead Scientist at Platelet BioGenesis

Mustali Dohadwala, M.D. (2007-2009)

Antioxidants, Reactive Oxygen Species and Vascular Function

Mentor: Joseph Vita

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

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