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Success Stories

The training program at NHLBI is designed to prepare Fellows for positions in Academics either in the U.S. or Abroad as well as in Government, Industry or Public Service. Some examples of recent trainees at NHLBI include:

U.S. Academic Appointments:


Basic Science Departments

Michael Adams, Ph.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Campbell University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Adams was a fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Lance Pohl from 2003-2005. His project involved mechanisms of drug-induced liver toxicity. He was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Jianjun Bao, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomyimage of external icon, Wayne State University. Dr. Bao was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Adelstein from 2002-2006. Her work concerned understanding the roles of cardiac myosin using knockout mice.

Artem Barski, Ph.D.image of external iconAssistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Chindren's Hospita. Dr.Barski was a fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Keji Zhao from 2006-2011. His project involved epigenomics of T cell activation, differentiation, and memory.

Suresh Cuddapah, Ph.D., image of external iconAssistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, NYU School of Medicineimage of external icon, Tuxedo, NY. Dr. Cuddapah was a fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Keji Zhao from 2002-2010. His project involved epigenomics of T cell activation, differentiation, and memory.

Cynthia Ju, Ph.D., image of external iconAssociate Professor of Immunology and Toxicology, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado. Dr. Ju was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Lance Pohl from 1999-2002. Her research was in the area of immunotoxicology.

Jeffery Klauda, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland. Dr. Klauda was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Computational Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Bernard Brooks from 2003-2007. His research was on molecular modeling.

Michael Lerner, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Earlham College, Richmond, In. Dr. Lerner was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Computational Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Pastor from 2007-2011. His research was on molecular modeling.

Hongjun Liu, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Liu was a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Toren Finkel from 2004-2010. His research concerned the role of wnt signaling in aging. He was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee. He is a recipient of a K99/R00 Pathways to Independence Award.

Abigail Mabe, Ph.D., Instructor of Biology, Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN. Dr. Mabe was an IRTA Fellow in the Developmental Neurobiology Section under the mentorship of Dr. Herbert Geller in 2009. Her project concerned the role of proteoglycan GAG chains in spinal cord injury.

Edward Mills, Ph.D.,image of external iconAssociate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Mills was a Fellow in the Cardiovascular Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Toren Finkel from 1997-2004. His research involved a molecular approach to understanding the basis of hyperthermia caused by Ecstasy.

Jackob Moskovitz, Ph.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Moskovitz was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Earl Stadtmanfrom 1997-2003. His project was understanding how methionine and methionine sulfoxide can protect cells from oxidative damage.

Joon Y. Park, Ph.D., image of external iconAssistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Temple University. Dr. Park was a Fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Hwang from 2005 - 2008. His project was to understand the interaction between P53 and mitochondrial respiration.

Takeshi Sakamoto, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomyimage of external icon, Wayne State University. Dr. Sakamoto was a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. James Sellers from 2001-2009. His research project concerned understanding the function of myosins at the single-molecule level. He is the recipient of an NIH K99/R00 Pathways to Independence award. Link to his publications at NHLBI.

Smita Sampath, Ph.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor. Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University. Dr. Sampath was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics under the mentorship of Dr. Eliot McVeighfrom 2004-2007. Her project was to develop methods for real-time cardiac MRI imaging. She was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Lizzie Santiago, Ph.D.,image of external icon Instructor, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University. Dr. Santiago was a Fellow in the Developmental Neurobiology Section under the mentorship of Dr. Herbert Geller from 2007 -2008. Her project was to understand the role of non-muscle myosins in controlling growth cone dynamics.

Dustin Schones, Ph.D., image of external iconAssistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology Beckman Research Instituteimage of external icon, Duarte, CA. Dr. Schones was a fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Keji Zhao from 2006-2010. His project involved computational approaches to epigenetics. He was a recipient of an NHLBI K22 Career Transition Award.

Sruti Shiva, Ph.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor. Department of Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Dr. Shiva was a Fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Gladwin from 2004-2008. Her project was to understanding the role of nitric oxide in regulating mitochondrial function and the response to ischemia/reperfusion. She was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

George Stan, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Stan was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Computational Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Bernard Brooks from 2002-2006. His research was on molecular modeling. He received a FARE award from NIH and was a recipient of a Lenfant Fellowship at NHLBI. He also received an AHA Scientist Development Grant.image of external icon

Mikiei Tanaka, Ph.D.image of external icon, Research Assistant Professor, Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine,image of external icon University of Oklahoma. Dr. Tanaka was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Earl Stadtmanfrom 2000-2008. His project was understanding how methionine and methionine sulfoxide can protect cells from oxidative damage causes aging and cell death.

Zhibin Wang, Ph.D., image of external iconAssistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healthimage of external icon. Dr. Wang was a fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Keji Zhao from 2006-2010. His project involved chromatin modifications in the regulation of gene expression.

Qize Wei, Ph.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. Wei was a fellow in the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Adelstein from 1997-2004. His research involved understanding the transcriptional regulation of muscle development. His research was supported by an NHLBI K22 Research Transition Award. Link to his publications at NHLBI.

H. Lee Woodcock, III, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of South Florida. Dr. Woodcock was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Computational Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Bernard Brooks from 2003-2009. His research was on molecular modeling. He was a recipient of a Lenfant Fellowship at NHLBI. He also received an NHLBI K22 Career Transition Award. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/training/programs/independent/career-transition-k22.htm.

Hai-Hui Xue, M.D, Ph.Dimage of external icon., Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Iowa Medical School, Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Xue was a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Warren Leonard from 2000-2006. His research concerned the regulation of interleukin 7 receptor alpha-chain gene expression in T cells. He was a recipient of a Lenfant Fellowship at NHLBI. Link to his publications at NHLBI.

Wenjun Zheng, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Buffalo. Dr. Zheng was a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Computational Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Bernard Brooks from 2003-2007. His research concerned multidimensional molecular dynamic models of protein structure.

Clinical Departments

Minoo Battiwalla, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY. Dr. Battiwalla was a Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of A. John Barrett from 2000-2004. His project was involved with emerging therapeutic and transplant strategies for myelodysplastic syndromes.

Thomas Cimatoimage of external icon, M.D., Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Buffalo. Dr. Cimato was a Fellow in the Cardiology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Nabel from 2002-2007. His project involved stem cells in cardiovascular disease.

Souheil Y. El-Chemaly, M.D.,image of external iconAssistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. El-Chemaly was a Fellow in the Cardiopulmonary Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Moss from 2005-2011. His project involved basic mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis.

Peiman Hematti, M.D., image of external iconAssociate Professor of Medicine (Hematology), University of Wisconsin. Dr. Hematti was a Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia Dunbar from 1999-2004. His project was involved with modeling human hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy in nonhuman primates.

Jason Kovacic, M.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor, Cardiology, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York. Dr. Kovacic was a Clinical Fellow in the Cardiovascular Branch under the mentorship of Manfred Boehm from 2004-2008. His research concerned understanding the role of stem and progenitor cells in cardiovascular disease, such as atherosclerosis.

Shyama Masilamani, Ph.D.,image of external iconAssistant Professor, Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Masilamani was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Knepper from 1997-2004. Her research involved understanding the regulation of the expression of renal transporters. Her research was supported by an NHLBI K22 Research Transition Award.

Ivan Rosas, M.D.,image of external iconLecturer on Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Rosas was a Clinical Fellow in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Branch from 1997-2005. His project involved studies of pulmonary fibrosis. He was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Bipin Savani, M.D.,image of external icon Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology-Oncology), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Savani was a Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. John Barrett from 2003-2007. His project was involved with modeling human hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy in nonhuman primates.

International Academic Appointments:


Argentina

Marina Uhart de Bustos, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist, IIB-INTECHimage of external icon, Chascomús. Dr. Uhart was a Visiting Fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch under the supervision of Dr. Martha Vaughan from 2007-2009.

Canada

Alexander J. Dick, M.D.image of external icon, Cardiologist, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. Dr. Dick was a Clinical Fellow in the Cardiovascular Branch from 2001-2003 under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Lederman. His research concerned the application of interventional MRI to cardiovascular disease. A link to his publications at NHLBI is provided here.

Arnold Kristof, M.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Critical Care Division
Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal.
Dr. Kristof was a Clinical Fellow in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Branch from 1998-2004 under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Moss. His research concerned the role of nitric oxide in mediating lung injury.

Ian Paterson, M.D., C.M.image of external icon, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Alberta. Dr. Paterson was a Fellow in the Cardiovascular Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Arai from 2002-2004. His research involved clinical studies of cardiac MRI.

Richard B. Thompson, Ph.D.image of external icon, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton. Dr. Thompson was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics under the supervision of Dr. Eliot McVeigh from 2000-2003.

Chile

Ignacio J. Bravo, M.D., Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, University del Desarrollo. Dr. Bravo was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism under the mentorship of Dr. Maurice B. Burg from 2007-2009. His research concerned the role of microRNAs in renal function.

Pedro Gallardo, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Dr. Gallardo was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism under the mentorship of Dr. Maurice B. Burg from 2005-2007. His research concerned signaling mechanisms in renal function.

China

Yufeng Cheng, M.D., Ph.D., Research Professor, Hematology Deparment, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University. Dr. Cheng was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the supervision of Dr. Neal Young from 2004 to 2006. Her research involved studies of parviovirus and aplastic anemia.

Jingqiong Hu, M.D., Associate Professor, Stem Cell Research Center, Wuhan. Dr. Hu was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the supervision of Dr. Cindy Dunbar and in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology under Dr. Yosuke Mukoyama from 2004 to 2009. Her research involved studies of gene therapy and brain/vascular stem cell interactions.

Jun Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Beijing Capital Medical University. Dr. Lu was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the supervision of Drs. Kevin Brown and Neal Young from 2002 to 2006. Her research involved studies of parviovirus and aplastic anemia. She was a member of the NHLBI DIR Fellows Advisory Committee. Link to her publications at NHLBI.

Jianjun Xie, M.D., Senior Clinician, Beijing Dao-Pei Hospital. Dr. Xie was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the supervision of Dr. Cindy Dunbar from 2007 to 2009. His research involved studies gene therapy vectors.

Kai-Feng Xu, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Peking Union Medical College. Dr. Xu was a Visiting Fellow in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Branch under the supervision of Dr. Martha Vaughan from 2002-2005. His research involved signal transduction pathways involved in vesicular trafficking.

Denmark

Robert Fenton, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Water and Salt Research Center, University of Aarhus. Dr.Fenton was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Knepper from 2001-2005. His research involved understanding the function of renal ion transporters in regulating salt and water balance. Dr. Fenton received a Lenfant Fellowship for his research accomplishments. Link to his publications at NHLBI.

Finland

Mikko Laukkanen, Ph.D., Group Leader, Medicity Research Laboratory, University of Turku. Dr. Laukkanen was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Dunbar from 2002-2005. His work concerned gene therapy of hematopoietic diseases.

Germany

Ruth Seggewiss, M.D.image of external icon, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik II, University of Würzburg. Dr. Seggewiss was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Cynthia Dunbar from 2004-2005. Her work concerned gene therapy of hematopoietic diseases.

Hungary

Elfrieda Fodor, Ph.D.,image of external icon Staff Scientist, Institute of Biophysics, Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary. Dr. Fodor was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Cell Biology under the supervision of Dr. Ann Ginsburg from 2003-2007. Her research concerned biophysical approaches to intermolecular interactions.

Mihály Kovács, Ph.D.,image of external icon Research Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Eötvös University, Budapest. Dr. Kovács, was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Physiology under the supervision of Dr. James Sellers from 2002-2005. His research concerned biophysical approaches to intermolec kinetic properties of myosins. Dr. Kovács received a Lenfant Fellowship, and a member of the NHLBI DIR Fellows Advisory Committee. He was awarded an NIH R01 Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP) grant to support his initial research efforts in Hungary. Link to his publications at NHLBI.

India

Siddhartha Jana, Ph.D., image of external iconAssistant Professor, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Scienceimage of external icon, Kolkata. Dr. Jana was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology under the supervision of Dr. Robert Adelstein from 2002-2007. His research concerned the properties of non-muscle myosins.

Indonesia

Indra Bachtiar, Ph.D.,image of external icon Principal Investigator at Stemcell and Cancer Instituteimage of external icon, Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr. Bachtiar was aVisiting Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Nico Tjandra from 2001-2005. His research concerned NMR characterization of protein/lipid interactions.

Japan

Hirofumi Arai, Ph.D.,image of external icon Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries Sciences, Nagasaki University. Dr. Arai was a Visiting Fellow in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Branch under the direction of Dr. Joel Moss from 2003-2005. His work concerned the molecular diagnosis of pulmonary disease.

Nanae Harashima, M.D., Ph.D.,image of external iconAssistant Professor, Department of Immunology, Shimane University School of Medicine. Dr. Harashima was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Childs from 2005-2007. His work concerned hematopoietic cell transplantation therapies for cancer patients.

Yoshihuki Takahashi, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Nagoya University School of Medicine. Dr. Takahashi was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Childs from 2001-2005. His work concerned hematopoietic cell transplantation therapies for cancer patients.Link to his publications at NHLBI.

Tomoiko Takaku, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Takaku was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Neal Young from 2007-20010. His work concerned human and murine bone marrow architecture visualized by confocal microscopy.

Hisayuki Yokoyama, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Rheumatology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai. Dr. Yokoyama. was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Childs from 2006-2008. His work concerned hematopoietic cell transplantation therapies for cancer patients.

Jordan

Feras Hawari, M.B.B.S.,image of external icon Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, King Hussein Cancer Center, University of Jordan. Dr. Hawari was a Clinical Fellow in the Pulmonary and Clinical Care Medicine Branch under the supervision of Dr. Stewart Levine from 2000-2004. His research concerned how the shedding of TNF receptors affects signal transduction.

Korea

Hyoung-Pyo Kim, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medical Biologyimage of external icon, Yonsei University College of Medicine. Dr.Kim was a Research Fellow in the the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Warren Leonard from 1998-2008. His research concerned interleukin receptor signaling.

Tae-Young Roh, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Division of Molecular and Life Sciencesimage of external icon, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). Dr. Roh was a Research Fellow in the the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Keji Zhao from 2002-2008. His research concerned genome-wide assessment of chromatin modifications.

Ho Jun Sung, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of BIomedical Laboratory Science, College of Health, Eulji University. Dr. Sung was a Visiting Fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Hwang from 2006-2010. His research concerned the role of mitochondrial function in cell survival.

Mexico

Victor Meza-Carmen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Facutly of Medicine, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgonimage of external icon, Morelia. Dr. Meza- Carmen was a Visiting Fellow in the the Translational Medicine Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Martha Vaughan from 2005-2009. His research concerned signal transduction pathways in lung disease.

Singapore

Pakorn (Tony) Kanchanawong, Ph.D., image of external iconAssistant Professor, Division of Bioengineering and Principal Investigator, Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore. Dr. Kanchanawong was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics under the mentorship of Dr. Clare Waterman from 2007-2011. His research concerned suppresolution microscopy of integrin-based cell adhesions.

Spain

Patricia Perez Galan, Ph.D., Junior Investigator, Hematopathology Department, Institut D'Investigacions Biomedicas August Pi i Sunyer,image of external icon Barcelona. Dr. Galan was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Adrian Wiestner from 2008-2010. Her research concerned understanding signal transduction pathways in chronic lympocytic leukemia.

Sweden

Andreas Lundqvist, Ph.D., image of external iconAssistant Professor, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Cancer Centre Karolinskaimage of external icon, Stockholm. Dr. Lundqvist was a Visiting Fellow in the the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Childs from 2003-2009. His research concerned novel roles of NK cells in cancer immunotherapy.

Shou-Lin Chang, Ph.D.,image of external icon Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioinformatics and Structural Biology / The Department of Life Sciences, National Tsing Hua University, HsinChu. Dr. Chang was a Visiting Fellow in the the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Nico Tjandra from 2001-2005. His research concerned structural dynamics of proteins using NMR techniques.

Thailand

Supachai Topanurak, Ph.D., Lecturer, Mahidol University, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospitalimage of external icon, Bangkok. Dr. Topanurak was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism under the supervision of Dr. Maurice Burg from 2007-2010. His research involved quantitative phosphoproteomic analysis of renal proteins.

Panapat Uawithya, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Physiology, Mahidol University, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospitalimage of external icon, Bangkok. Dr. Uawithya was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism under the supervision of Dr. Mark Knepper from 2006-2008. His research involved understanding ion transport mechanisms in the kidney.

The Phillipines

Philip Padilla, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines in the Visayasimage of external icon, Miag-ao. Dr. Padilla was a Visiting Fellow in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Branch under the supervision of Dr. Martha Vaughan from 2001-2005. His research involved signal transduction pathways involved in vesicular trafficking. He was a member of the NHLBI DIR Fellows Advisory Committee. Find him on Linkedin.image of external icon

United Kingdom

Jonathan Hill, M.B. Ch.B.image of external icon, Consultant Cardiologist, King’s College Hospital, London. Dr. Hill was a Clinical Fellow in the Cardiovascular Branch from 1999-2003 under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Lederman. His research concerned the application of interventional MRI to cardiovascular disease. A link to his publications at NHLBI is provided here.

Katy Rezvani, M.D., Ph.D.,image of external icon Visiting Reader, Imperial College School of Medicine/Hammersmith Hospital, London. Dr. Rezvani was a Clinical Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. John Barrett from 2001-2007. Her research concerned the immune responses to stem cell transplantation. She was a recipient of a Lenfant Fellowship at NHLBI. Link to her publications at NHLBI.

Andrew Wragg, M.B. Ch.B., Consultant Cardiologist, London Chest Hospital, London. Dr. Wragg was a Clinical Fellow in the Cardiovascular Branch from 2003-2006 under the mentorship of Dr. Manfred Boehm. His research concerned the role of stem cells in vascular injury. A link to his publications at NHLBI is provided here.

Former Trainees in the Federal Government

Denise Crooks, Ph.D., Technology Transfer Specialist, NHLBI Office of the Director. Dr. Crooks was a fellow in the Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Branch under Dr. Joel Moss from 2000-2005, where her research concerned the molecular and genetic analysis of Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. She was a member of the NHLBI DIR Fellows Advisory Committee.

Richard Francis, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Develoomental Biology, NHLBI. Dr. Kim was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Cecilia Lo from 2003-2008. His work concerned using genetic approaches to understand cardiac development.

Mary Jane Hinrichs, Ph.D., Pharmacology Toxicology Reviewer, Division of Biological Oncology Products, FDA. Dr. Hinrichs was an IRTA Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of of Dr. Lance Pohl from 2004-2008. Her research concerned protective strategies for drug-induced liver disease.

Charles Joyce, Ph.D., Scientific Review Administrator, Review Branch, NHLBI. Dr. Joyce was a Fellow in the Molecular Diseases Branch under the mentorship of Drs. Silvia Fojo and Bryan Brewer, where his esearch focused on the role of the ABC1 cholesterol transporter in cardiovascular disease. He was also a participant in the Fellows Rotation in Extramural Research, which provides an opportunity for NHLBI fellows to take time from their experiments to learn about extramural research administration.

Chang Sook Kim, Ph.D., Scientific Review Administrator, Review Branch, NHLBI. Dr. Kim was a Fellow in the Molecular Diseases Branch under the mentorship of Drs. Silvia Fojo and Bryan Brewer, from 2002-2004. She was also a participant in the Fellows Rotation in Extramural Research, which provides an opportunity for NHLBI fellows to take time from their experiments to learn about extramural research administration.

Kye-Young Kim, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Cardiology Branch, NHLBI. Dr. Kim was a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Adelstein from 2003-2008. Her work concerned understanding the roles of cardiac myosin using knockout mice.

Lijuan Liu, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, Atherothrombosis & Coronary Artery Disease Branch, NHLBI. Dr. Liu was a Fellow in the Molecular Diseases Branch under the mentorship of Drs. Silvia Fojo and Bryan Brewer, from 2003-2007 where her research focused on the role of the cholesterol transporters in cardiovascular disease. She was also a participant in the Fellows Rotation in Extramural Research, which provides an opportunity for NHLBI fellows to take time from their experiments to learn about extramural research administration.

Ryan Morris, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center For Scientific Review, NIH. Dr. Morris was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism un the mentorship of Dr. Mark Knepper from 2002-2006 where his research focused on novel kinases in renal function. Dr. Morris was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Birgit Neuhuber, Ph.D.,Program Analyst, Neurodegeneration Cluster, NINDS. Dr. Neuhuber was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Cell Biology, under the mentorship of Dr. Mathew Daniels, from 1998-2003 where her research focused on the role of agrin in growth cone guidance.

Eric Odom, Ph.D., Technology Transfer Liaison, Henry M Jackson Foundation Dr. Odom was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Kramer from 2006-2008 where his research focused on the role of proteoglycans in zebrafish development.

Kazuo Takeda, M.D., Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIAID. Dr. Takeda was a Fellow in the Pathology Section and Laboratory of Molecular Cardiology under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Adelstein from 1998-2005. Her work concerned the pathophysiology of cardiac defects in myosin knockout mice.

Roberto Weigert, Ph.D., Tenure Track Investigator, National Institute of Dental and Cranionfacial Research, NIH. Dr. Weigert was a Research Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Donaldson from 2001-2006. His research concerned trafficking of cellular organelles.

Kevin Welch, Ph.D.,image of external iconResearch Toxicologist, Poisonous Plant Research Laboratoryimage of external icon, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Logan, UT. Dr. Welch was an IRTA Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Lance Pohl from 2002-2005. His research concerned proteomic identification of potential susceptibility factors in drug-induced liver disease. Dr. Welch was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Katherine Wood, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch, NHLBI. Dr. Wood was a Fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch, under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Gladwin, from 2007-20010 where her research focused on the role of nitric oxide in sickle cell disease. She was a member of the NHLBI DIR Fellows Advisory Committee. She was also a participant in the Fellows Rotation in Extramural Research, which provides an opportunity for NHLBI fellows to take time from their experiments to learn about extramural research administration.

Steven Yee, Ph.D.,Toxicologist, Center for Aerobiological Sciences, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseaseimage of external icon, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD. Dr.Yee was an IRTA Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Lance Pohl from 2003-2008. His research concerned protective strategies for drug-induced liver disease. Dr. Yee was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Former Trainees in Industry or Public Service:

Georgios Amexis, Ph.D., Regulatory Manager, Oncology, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Dr. Amexis was a Visiting Fellow in the Hematology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Neil Young from 2003-2007. His research concerned the development of novel peptide antigens for vaccine development.

Fraser Brown, Ph.D.image of external icon, Patent Attorney, Cooley, LLPimage of external icon, Washington, D.C. Dr. Brown was a fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Donaldson from 2000-2005, where his research concerned protein trafficking. He was a member of the NHLBI Fellows Advisory Committee where he became interested in Patent Law.

Chiara Buono-Dalton, M.D.,image of external icon, Principal Scientist, Novartis, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Buono was a Fellow in the Cardiology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Howard Kruth from 2004-2007. Her research focused on mechanisms of cholesterol transport in macrophages.

Ye Che, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Exploratory Medical Sciences, Pfizer,image of external icon Groton, CT. Dr. Che was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Computational Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Bernard Brooks from 2003-2008. His research was on molecular modeling. He received a FARE award from NIH. Find him on Linkedin.image of external icon

Martin Crook, Ph.D., Biology Program Team Leader, Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, NJ. Dr. Crook was a fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Nabel from 2001-2005, where his research focused on the role of cell cycle signaling in atherosclerotic cell proliferation. He was a member of the NHLBI DIR Fellows Advisory Committee. Find him on Linkedin.image of external icon

Lara Campbell, Ph.D.image of external icon,Senior Program Associate, Research Competitiveness Program, AAAS, Washington DC. Dr. Campbell was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Thressa Stadtmanfrom 2001-2003, where her research focused on the effects of HIV infection on cellular redox reactions. She was an active member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Federica Gibellini, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, GeneDximage of external icon, Gaithersburg, MD. Dr. Gibellini was a Visiting Fellow in the Hemaology Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Adrian Wiestner from 2006-2010 where her research concerned the role of chemokines in tumor progression.

Aarif Khakoo, M.D.image of external icon, Executive Director, Cardiovascular Discovery Research, Amgen. Dr. Khakoo was a Clinical Fellow in the Cardiovascular Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Toren Finkel from 2001-2005 as part of the Johns Hopkins University Clinical Training Program. His research concerned the application of stem cells in cardiovascular therapies.

Takumi Matsumoto, Ph.D., Researcher, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Matsumoto was a fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Hwang from 2006-2008. His research concerned the interaction of p53 with oxidative stress.

Niveen Mulholland, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Midwest Research Instituteimage of external icon, Rockville, MD. Dr. Mulholland was a Fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Keji Zhao from 2003-2006. Her research focused on the role of chromatin remodeling in the control of gene transcription.

Bum-Chan Park, Ph.D.,Research Director, Antibody and Receptor Technology, Inc, South Korea. Dr. Park was a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Cell Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Lois Greene from 2007-2011. His research concerned the role of prion proteins in cellular function.

Paola Pozzi, Ph.D., Patents, Biotechnology Transfer Centre, San Raffaele Biomedical Science Park, Milan, Italy. Dr. Pozzi was a Visiting Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Marshall Nirenberg from 2001-2004, Her research concerned the genetics of neural development in Drosophila.

Emily Rothstein, Ph.D., Pre-Clinical Imaging Leader, Eli Lilly and Co.image of external icon, Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Rothstein was an IRTA fellow in the the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Balaban from 2003-2006. Her research concerned in vivo imaging of cardiac energetics. Dr. Rothstein was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Brigitte Simons, Ph.D.,Product Application Lab Scientist, MDS Analytical Technologies, Toronto. Dr. Simons was a Visiting fellow in the the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Knepper from 2005-2007. Her research concerned proteomic approaches to kidney function. Dr. Simons was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Rachael Strong, Ph.D., Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Technical Resources Internationalimage of external icon, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Strong was a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Henry Fales from 2005 to 2006. Her research concerned mass spectrometric analysis of protein structure. She was also a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Anitaben Tailor, Ph.D.,Field Application Scientist, Meso Scale Discoveryimage of external icon, Gaithursburg, MD. Dr. Tailor was an IRTA Fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Kato from 2007 - 2008. Her project involved understanding the changes in the proteome as a result of Sickle Cell Disease.

Alexandre Vignaud, Ph.D., Technical Specialist, Siemens Medical Solutions, Paris, France. Dr. Vignaud was a Visiting Fellow in the Laboratory of Cardiac Engergetics under the mentorship of Dr. Han Wen from 2003-2005. His research concerned the development of novel MR imaging techniques for myocardium.

Elke Wagner, Ph.D., Research Scientist Plasma Analytics/Development & Optimization, Baxter AG,image of external icon Vienna, Austria. Dr. Wagner was a Visiting Fellow in the Translational Medicine Branch under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Remaley from 2003-2007. Her research concerned the biochemistry of lipid transport and metabolism.

Matt Wolfe, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Schafer Corporationimage of external icon, Arlington, VA.. Dr. Wolfe was an IRTA fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Thressa Stadtman from 2001-2005. His research concerned the enzymology of selenosphosphate synthetase. Dr.Wolfe received a Lenfant Fellowship. Link to his publications at NHLBI.

Zheng You, Ph.D., Research Investigator, DuPont Company,image of external icon Wilmingon, DE., Dr. You was an Visiting fellow in the Laboratory of Biochemistry under the mentorship of Dr. Rodney Levine from 2007-2010. Her project concerned protein purification and biochemistry. She was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

H. Daniel Zang, Ph.D., CEO, MEDIPOST America, Inc., Washington, DC. Dr. Zang was a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Yosuke Mukoyama from 2006-2008. He was a member of the Fellows Advisory Committee.

Rong Zeng, Ph.D., Investigator, Mediummuneimage of external icon, Gaithersburg, MD. Dr. Zeng was a Research Fellow in the the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Warren Leonard from 2002-2008. His research concerned Interleukin 21.

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Last Updated December 2012

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