Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Ioannis Karakikes, PhD

Assistant Professor (Research), Cardiothoracic Surgery

Member, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute

ioannis1@stanford.edu

 

Dr. Karakikes is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine. He received his Bachelors and PhD degree from the Essex University (UK). His research aims to uncover new fundamental insights into the molecular mechanisms and functional consequences of cardiovascular diseases.

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Isaac Perea Gil, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, iperea@stanford.edu

Isaac received his BS in Biotechnology (2010) and Biochemistry (2011) and PhD in Biomedicine (2017) from Universitat de Barcelona in Spain. His interests are the study of the cardiovascular diseases, focusing on dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathies, to understand their molecular basis and the specific role of putative mutations in pathophysiology.

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Jennifer Arthur Ataam, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow (Joint with Holden Maecker Lab), jarthur5@stanford.edu

Jennifer completed her PhD in molecular biology and physiopathology in Paris Saclay-Paris Sud University in France. Her interest is to develop new immune assays applied to cardiovascular diseases.

Nike Bharucha, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, nikeb@stanford.edu

 

Nike received her BS in Chemistry from The University of Bombay (India) and her PhD in Molecular/Cell Biology from the University of Michigan. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago before relocating to the Bay Area. She is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases, specifically utilizing genome editing to study these diseases in human iPSCs.

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Alexandra Annali Gavidia, BS

Life Science Technician/ Lab Manager, annaliga@stanford.edu

 

Annali received her BS in Biology-Physiology from San Francisco State University. Her interest is differentiation of cardiomyocytes from human-induced pluripotent stem cells for future clinical applications.

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Logan Dunkenberger

Undergraduate Researcher
ldunken@stanford.edu

 

Logan is an undergraduate student at Stanford and majoring in Biomedical Computation. She is interested in applying computational tools to study the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease.

Rachel Baum, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
rebaum@stanford.edu

 

Rachel received her BS in Biochemistry from UC San Diego and her PhD in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is interested in studying protein trafficking in cardiovascular disease with a focus on identifying therapeutic targets.

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Chanatjit (Toon) Cheawsamoot

Visiting PhD Candidate
ccctoon@stanford.edu

 

Toon received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford and her MSc in Clinical Genomics from the University of Manchester. She is currently a PhD candidate at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Her research interest is to understand the pathomechanism behind genetic diseases.

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Ari Arias

Undergraduate Researcher
ariarias@stanford.edu

 

Ari is an undergraduate student at Stanford studying Bioengineering. He is interested in studying the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease to expand precision medicine and develop clinical applications.

Lab Alumni
Nirmal Vadgama

Nirmal Vadgama

nvadgama@stanford.edu Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gifford Lab, Stanford University.

Yuan Zhang, BS

Yuan Zhang, BS

yzhang17@stanford.edu Medical Student at Stanford University

Pooja Nair, MD

Pooja Nair, MD

Chief Resident at St. Mary’s Medical Center

Maricela Prado, MS

Maricela Prado, MS

Scientist II at AbbVie

Vittavat Termglinchan, MD

Vittavat Termglinchan, MD

Stanford Clinical Instructor

Leonard D. Kuhrt

Leonard D. Kuhrt

leonard.kuhrt@mdc-berlin.de MD/PhD candidate at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association/Charité.

Wei Qiang Seow, PhD

Wei Qiang Seow, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow located in Singapore.

 Nirmal Vadgama, PhD 

 Yuan Zhang, BS 

 Pooja Nair, MD 

 Maricela Prado, MS 

 Vittavat Termglinchan, MD 

 Leonard D. Kuhrt 

 Wei Qiang Seow, PhD