Research Faculty


Affiliated Faculty


Research Fellows

Zsofia Drobni, MD

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Graduate Education: Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, MD
Current Projects & Research: Zsofia’s main research focuses are cardiac-oncology and cardiac imaging in cancer patients.

Charbel Gharios, MD

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Graduate Education: American University of Beirut, MD
Current Projects & Research: Charbel is a research fellow. He uses molecular imaging and genetic data from the Biobank to study the association between sociodemographic and environmental stressors, and cardiovascular endpoints. He aims to investigate if the amygdalar-leukopoietic axis is involved in the inflammation linked to atrial fibrillation.

Carlos Gongora, MD

Hometown: Puebla, Mexico
Graduate Education: Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (B.U.A.P.) Faculty of Medicine, MD
Current Projects & Research: Carlos is a NIH-T32 fellow. He works on several cardio-oncology projects: defining the incidence of cardiac toxicities and cardiovascular outcomes among patients taking immunotherapy.

Vineet Kalathur Raghu, PhD

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate Education: University of Pittsburgh, BS in Computer Science and Mathematical Biology
Graduate Education: University of Pittsburgh, PhD in Computer Science
Current Projects & Research: Vineet’s research interests are in developing machine learning models to predict patient prognosis. He is currently building models to 1) identify high risk smokers for lung cancer screening, 2) assess biological age from chest radiographs, and 3) predict mortality following cardiac surgery. He is also interested in building computational tools to improve model building and interpretability.

Marton Kolossvary, MD, PhD

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Graduate Education: Semmelweis University, Budapest Hungary, MD, PhD
Current Projects & Research: Marton is a NIH-T32 fellow. He studies precision phenotyping of coronary atherosclerosis using radiomics and is interested in using deep learning for diagnosis and prognosis of cardiovascular diseases.

Fadi Pulous, PhD

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate Education: Vanderbilt University, BA in Molecular and Cell Biology
Graduate Education: Emory University, PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Current Projects & Research: Fadi is a NIH-T32 fellow with Dr. Matthias Nahrendorf’s lab at MGH. Following myocardial infarction, the bone marrow releases leukocytes which inhibit repair and recovery. Fadi studies the contributions and mechanisms of myeloid cell release from the bone marrow in mouse models of cardiovascular disease using live animal imaging techniques.

Thiago Quinaglia A. C. Silva, MD, PhD

Hometown: Brazil
Graduate Education: University of Ribeirão Preto, MD and University of Campinas, PhD in Pharmacology
Current Projects & Research: Thiago is a research fellow. He is certified in Cardiology and Echocardiography, and is experienced in Cardiovascular Imaging. His research interests include resistant hypertension, endothelial dysfunction, atherosclerosis, arterial stiffness, left ventricular remodeling, and diastolic dysfunction. Thiago is currently working on the REPRIEVE-MR study.

Vikas Thondapu, MD, PhD

Hometown: Merced, California
Undergraduate Education: Duke University, BS in Biology, BA in Linguistics
Graduate Education: Drexel University College of Medicine, MD, Melbourne University; PhD, Biomedical Engineering
Current Projects & Research: Vikas’ research interests include coronary atherosclerosis, computational fluid dynamics, non-Newtonian blood rheology, optical coherence tomography, and coronary computed tomography.

Amna Zafar, MD

Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate Education: University of Toronto, HBS
Graduate Education: Wayne State University School of Medicine, MD
Current Projects & Research: Amna works on several cardio-oncology projects: defining the incidence, outcomes and risk factors for 5-Fluoruracil associated coronary vasospasm and Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor(ICI) use and adverse cardiovascular events.

Hadil Zureigat, MD

Hometown: Amman, Jordan
Graduate Education: University of Jordan, MD
Current Projects & Research: Through leveraging advanced imaging modalities and employing the Biobank, Hadil’s goal is to explore the interplay between genetics and environment and how that ultimately translates into shaping cardiovascular mortality/morbidity risk in different populations, including those with HIV. Additionally, she would like to answer fundamental questions pertaining to the role stress plays in mediating cardiovascular disease and the extent to which this can be influenced by both environmental factors and preventive measures.


Research Staff

Yuji Liao, M.EC – Grants Administrator

Hometown: Zigong, China
Graduate Education: University of Munich, Diplom VwL (Bachelor +Master of Economics)
Current Projects & Research: Yuji works on grants and contracts administration.

Tamara Babenko, BS - Clinical Research Program/Project Manager

Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia
Undergraduate Education: University of Washington, BS in Biology (Physiology)
Current Projects & Research: Tamara manages the PROMISE and UGANDA trials and helps with program administration and HR issues.

Kayla Paradis, BS - Clinical Research Program/Program Manager

Hometown: Leominster, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Education: Worcester State University, BS in Biology and Chemistry
Current Projects & Research: Kayla manages the REPRIEVE Trial.

Namrata Upadhyay, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator II

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ
Undergraduate Education: Boston University, BS in Human Physiology
Current Projects & Research: Namrata does CT image processing for the MedImmune and Uganda CAD trials. She also works under Dr.Hedgire on a trial that uses MRI to assess the cardiovascular health of patients with HIV.

Rochelle Louis, BA - Clinical Research Coordinator II

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Undergraduate Education: Boston University, BA in Biology
Current Projects & Research: Rochelle works on two projects: the Randomized Trial to Prevent Vascular Events in HIV (REPRIEVE)  and the Effect of PCSK9 Inhibition on Cardiovascular Risk in Treated HIV Infection (EPIC-HIV study).

Sarah Hartmann, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hometown: Portsmouth, NH
Undergraduate Education: University of New Hampshire, BS in Biomedical Science
Current Projects & Research: Sarah facilitates research using cardiac imaging to determine the protective effects of statins on individuals undergoing chemotherapy.

Xiaomin Becky Chen, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate Education: UNC Chapel Hill, BS in Biology and Asian Studies with a Concentration in Chinese
Current Projects & Research: Becky works on the Interventional Radiology Clinical Trials.

Hannah Gilman, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hometown: Stonington, CT
Undergraduate Education: College of Charleston, BS in Biology
Current Projects & Research: Hannah works on studies focusing on the use of Cardiac MRI to monitor response to different treatments and disease progression.

Nagendra Gudipati, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator II

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, BS in Information and Decision Sciences (IDS)
Current Projects & Research: Nagendra works on the REPREIVE and MEDIMMUNE trials and is excited to get involved in machine learning projects.

Megan McCloud, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator II

Hometown: Mansfield, MA
Undergraduate Education: Northeastern University, BS in Behavioral Neuroscience
Current Projects & Research: Megan works on the REPREIVE, MEDIMMUNE and GOLDILOX trials. She is currently working on her MS in Biotechnology with a concentration in Enterprise at Northeastern University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2022.

Veniamin Knyazev, BS - Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Belmont, MA
Undergraduate Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst, BS in Psychology
Current Projects & Research: Venya is a clinical administrative assistant to Dr. Brian Ghoshhajra and assists on a retroactive analysis project in Brian’s lab.