CURRENT MEMBERS


Guillermo García-Cardeña
Guillermo is an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of the Laboratory for Systems Biology at the Center for Excellence in Vascular Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. He received his Ph.D. degree from Yale University, working with William C. Sessa on the molecular regulation of nitric oxide production in vascular endothelium. His postdoctoral research with Michael A. Gimbrone Jr. at Harvard Medical School was on studies of endothelial cell gene expression, hemodynamics, and atherogenesis.


Will Adams
Will is a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering PhD program at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He studied at Harvard University where he received a MS in Applied Mathematics in 2008 and a BS in Biomedical Engineering Sciences in 2006. Will is a recipient of an NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award. He joined the Garcia-Cardena lab in 2009 and is currently exploring stem cell based platforms for personalized cardiovascular drug discovery.


Hiroshi Kohara
Hiroshi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, working with Takashi Nagasawa on the role of CXCL12-CXCR4 chemokine signaling on adult hematopoiesis. His research focus is on understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for the flow-mediated "endothelial-hematopoietic transition".


Andrew Koo
Andrew earned a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006. He is now pursuing a PhD in Biological Engineering Department at MIT. He is currently working on a joint project with Prof. Forbes Dewey at MIT investigating how hemodynamic shear stress is transmitted through endothelial glycocalyx, and initiates cellular responses such as nitric oxide production.


Alexis Turjman
Alexis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He received both his BS and MS from Arts & Metiers Paris Institute of Technology, Paris France, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Alexis' work focuses on atherogenesis, in particular how flow-mediated endothelial phenotype affects interaction of the endothelium with monocytes. Alexis is co-advised by Professor Elazer R. Edelman at MIT and he is the recipient of a CIMIT award.


Carol Tran
Carol is an undergraduate student at Harvard University concentrating in History and Science with a focus on Medicine and Society. She joined the García-Cardeña Lab in the summer of 2011 as a fellow in the Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering. Currently, she works with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Hiroshi Kohara to investigate the role of biomechanical forces in determining hematopoietic potential in the cardiovascular system during embryogenesis.


Yuzhi Zhang
Yuzhi is a senior research assistant in the García-Cardeña Lab. She joined the lab with a MS degree, and ample experience in molecular and cell biology. She is currently interested in the study of gene regulation in vascular pathophysiology, and stem cell differentiation.


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