Principal Investigator

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Dr. Richard Wainford

Richard Wainford completed his undergraduate education at the University of Wales in Cardiff, Wales. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. His postdoctoral fellowship was spent at the Department of Pharmacology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (2005-08). He joined the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine in 2011 as an Assistant Professor, holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, and is a member of The Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute.  He has since been promoted to Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Medicine.

Graduate Students

Alissa Frame


Alissa is an M.D./Ph.D. student. Her research focuses on the integrated central neural and renal mechanisms regulating blood pressure with the goal of identifying potential targets in hypertension.

Alissa joined the Lab in the fall of 2015 and presented her a poster at her first national meeting, the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions in September in Orlando, Florida.  Her poster on “Impaired Central, Renal, and Blood Pressure Responses to Alterations in Fluid and Electrolyte Homeostasis in Aged Sprague-Dawley Rats” was awarded Best Poster.



Jonique George


Jonique is a Ph.d. candidate, and joined the lab in 2017 as a second-year student with an interest in diabetes and cardiovascular research.





Franco Puleo


Franco is a Ph.d. candidate, and joined the lab in 2017 as a second-year student with an interest in understanding the role of the kidney in salt sensitive hypertension.





Former Laboratory Members

Carmichael ImageCasey Y. Carmichael, Ph.D.

Current Position: Business Associate, ZS Associated, Los Angeles, CA





Walsh ImageKathryn R. Walsh, Ph.D.

Current Position: Scientist – Preclinical Pharmacology in Intellia Therapeutics, Inc.