David  Zhang

David Zhang

2018 – present

Laboratory of Stacey Rentschler

MD, PhD Candidate

Recent publications:

Lipovsky CE, Jimenez J, Guo Q, Li G, Yin T, Hicks SC, Bhatnagar S, Takahashi K, Zhang DM, Brumback BD, Goldsztejn U, Nadadur RD, Perez-Cervantez C, Moskowitz IP, Liu S, Zhang B, Rentschler SL. Chamber-specific transcriptional responses in atrial fibrillation. JCI Insight. 2020 Sep 17;5(18):e135319.

Amrute JM, Zhang D, Padovano WM, Kovacs SJ. E-wave Asymmetry Elucidates Diastolic Ventricular Stiffness-Relaxation Coupling: Model-based Prediction with In-vivo Validation. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2020 Nov 13.

Astrid  Rodriguez-Velez

Astrid Rodriguez-Velez

2019 – present

Laboratory of Babak Razani

PhD Candidate, Molecular Cell Biology

Recent publications:

Jeong SJ, Zhang X, Rodriguez-Velez A, Evans TD, Razani B. p62/ SQSTM1 and Selective Autophagy in Cardiometabolic Diseases. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2019 Aug 20;31(6):458-471.

Zhang X, Sergin I, Evans TD, Jeong SJ, Rodriguez-Velez A, Kapoor D, Chen S, Song E, Holloway KB, Crowley JR, Epelman S, Weihl CC, Diwan A, Fan D, Mittendorfer B, Stitziel NO, Schilling JD, Lodhi IJ, Razani B. High-protein diets increase cardiovascular risk by activating macrophage mTOR to suppress mitophagy. Nat Metab. 2020 Jan;2(1):110-125.

Stitham J, Rodriguez-Velez A, Zhang X, Jeong SJ, Razani B. Inflammasomes: a preclinical assessment of targeting in atherosclerosis. Expert Opin Ther Targets. 2020 Sep;24(9):825-844. 

Jared  Elenbaas

Jared Elenbaas

2020 – present

Laboratory of Nathan Stitziel

MD, PhD Candidate

Recent publication:

Jung, I. H., Elenbaas, J. S., Alisio, A., Santana, K., Young, E. P., Kang, C. J., Kachroo, P., Lavine, K., Razani, B., Mecham, R. P. & Stitziel, N. SVEP1 is a human coronary artery disease locus that promotes atherosclerosis. Science translational medicine. 13, 586, eabe0357.

Druv   Bhagavan

Druv Bhagavan

2021 – present

Laboratory of Jon Silva MD, PhD Candidate Recent publication:

DBhagavan, WPadovano SJKovács. Alternative diastolic function models of ventricular longitudinal filling velocity are mathematically identical. Am J Physiol Heart Physiol. 2020 May 1;318(5):H1059-H1067.

Dymonn  Johnson

Dymonn Johnson

2021 – present

Laboratory of Amber Stratman MD, PhD Candidate

Kendall Burks

Kendall Burks

2021 – present

Laboratory of Nathan Stitziel MD, PhD Candidate Recent publications: Gonzalez KL, Ratzel SE, Burks KH, Danan CH, Wages JM, Zolman BK, Bartel B. A pex1 missense mutation improves peroxisome function in a subset of Arabidopsis pex6 mutants without restoring PEX5 recycling. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Apr 3;115(14):E3163-E3172. Roberts WC, Burks KH, Ko JM, Filardo G, Guileyardo JM. Commonalities of cardiac rupture (left ventricular free wall or ventricular septum or papillary muscle) during acute myocardial infarction secondary to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. Am J Cardiol. 2015 Jan 1;115(1):125-40.  


Shuchi  Guo, PhD

Shuchi Guo, PhD

2020 – present

Laboratory of Kory Lavine

Recent publications:

Guo S, Carter RL, Grisanti LA, Koch WJ, Tilley DG. Impact of paroxetine on proximal β-adrenergic receptor signaling. Cell Signal. 2017 Oct;38:127-133.

Brody SL, Gunsten SP, Luehmann HP, Sultan DH, Hoelscher M, Heo GS, Pan J, Koenitzer JR, Lee EC, Huang T, Mpoy C, Guo S, Laforest R, Salter A, Russell TD, Shifren A, Combadiere C, Lavine KJ, Kreisel D, Humphreys BD, Rogers BE, Gierada DS, Byers DE, Gropler RJ, Chen DL, Atkinson JJ, Liu Y. Chemokine Receptor 2-targeted Molecular Imaging in Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 Jul 16.

Andrew L Lopez III, PhD

Andrew L Lopez III, PhD

2021 – present

Laboratory of Chao Zhou

Recent publications:

Lopez AL 3rd, Larina IV. Dynamic Imaging of Mouse Embryos and Cardiac Development in Static Culture. Methods Mol Biol. 2021;2206:129-141.

Lopez AL 3rd, Wang S, Larina IV. Embryonic Mouse Cardiodynamic OCT Imaging.  J Biophotonics. 2020 Nov;13(11):e202000223.

Lopez AL 3rd, Larina IV. Second harmonic generation microscopy of early embryonic mouse hearts. Biomed Opt Express. 2019 May 21;10(6):2898-2908.