Research Faculty


Affiliated Faculty


Research Fellows

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.

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: Campinas, SP 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.

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.

Angelo Takigami, MD

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Graduate Education: University of São Paulo, MD
Current Projects & Research: Angelo will be working on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease among people with HIV in Uganda with Dr. Mark Siedner.

Kenechukwu Mezue, MD MSc

Hometown: Enugu, Nigeria
Graduate Education: University of Nigeria College of Medicine, MD; Anglia Ruskin University, MSc Public Health
Current Projects & Research: Kene is interested in the complex relationships of various demographic, social, behavioral, environmental, and genetic risk factors that predispose individuals to cardiovascular disease and venous thromboembolism. His research utilizes clinical data from the Mass General Brigham Biobank and EKG/multimodality imaging data from the Mass General Brigham health system to define these relationships and proposes novel mechanistic insights into the pathways that are both protective and deleterious to cardiovascular health.

Shady Abohashem, MD

Hometown: Sharkia, Egypt
Graduate Education: University of Zagazig, MD
Current Projects & Research: Shady is focused on studying a Neuro-Immuno-Arterial biological axis, via employing Advanced non-invasive multimodality molecular imaging approaches (i.e., PET/CT, MRI), to understand the underlying link between socio-environmental stressors and cardiovascular disease risk in different populations including those with RA and HIV. His current projects aim to investigate the interaction between genetic risk, environmental pathogens, lifestyle factors, imaging indices and their contributions to aortic valve disease risk and other cardiovascular disorders.


Research Staff

Yuji Liao, M.EC – Administrative Manager

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 GOLDILOX-MEDI6570-TIMI69 trial with AstraZeneca as well as the UGANDA project with Dr. Mark Siedner. She also handles 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 is the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) project manager for the REPRIEVE trial. She also manages the PROMISE trial and handles IT management for group. She is currently working on her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management.

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 - Project Manager

Hometown: Stonington, CT
Undergraduate Education: College of Charleston, BS in Biology
Current Projects & Research: Hannah manages the STOP-CA trial with Dr. Tomas Neilan.

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 IT and data management for the group. He is involved in multiple projects and trials including REPREIVE, PROMISE, GOLDILOX, and UGANDA.

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.

Kanako Ando, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hometown: Nagoya, Japan
Undergraduate Education: Northeastern University, BS in Biology
Current Projects & Research: Kanako works on the GOLDILOX-MEDI6570-TIMI69 trial with AstraZeneca as well as the UGANDA project with Dr. Mark Siedner. She also handles IRBs for CIRC.

Radhika Barve, BA - Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate Education: Texas A&M University, BA in Biology
Current Projects & Research: Radhika works on the REPRIEVE trial, EPIC HIV and Sandeeps project.

Supraja Sama, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate Education: Northwestern University, BS in Biological Sciences
Current Projects & Research: Supraja is coordinating Dr. Tomas Neilan’s STOP-CA project.