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Alumni

Samir Akre

Samir is currently completing a PhD Program in Bioinformatics at University of California, Los Angeles.

Ayyaz Ali

Ayyaz is a consultant cardiac surgeon at Papworth hospital in Cambridge.

Ziad Ali

Ziad is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center and attending interventional cardiologist at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapies.

Emilie Amaro

Emilie is currently a medical student at Vanderbilt and will be pursuing a career in orthopedics.

Prag Batra

Prag is currently attending medical school at NYU in order to become a doctor and further pursue his goal of working at the intersection of medicine and technology.

Rachel Bent

Rachel is a computational scientist at the Jackson Labs for Genomic Medicine in Connecticut.  

Dana Ben Tzur

Dana is now a medical student at the Technion American Medical School in Israel.

Austin Bland

Austin recently completed his Masters in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University. He is currently a Genetic Counselor in Hawaii.

David Charo

David is a cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente.

Alex Dainis

Alex finished her PhD in 2018 and moved to Los Angeles where she now works as a science communicator and video producer, using online video to get people around the world excited about genetics!

Frederick Dewey

Rick Dewey is Senior Director and Head of Translational Genetics at the Regeneron Genetics Center, which utilizes large scale genomic sequencing to identify and validate drug targets.

Ayca Erbilgin

Ayca is a postdoctoral fellow in the Ashley lab. Originally from Cupertino, she migrated south to UCLA for both her BS and PhD degrees. During her graduate work she studied the genetics of atherosclerosis, focusing on the gene expression of cell types present in the vascular wall during the initiation and progression of disease. Ayca's projects in the Ashley lab include validation of heart failure networks and the study of cardiac metabolism using genetics and rodent disease models. Although she has has so far managed to avoid moving out of California, Ayca is proud to have been a registered voter in five different congressional districts throughout the state. Her sports team loyalties are divided accordingly.

Gherardo Finocchiaro

Gherardo is working as cardiologist and Clinical Research Fellow at St. George's University Hospital in London, UK. His main research interests at the moment are cardiomyopathies, cardiac adaptation in athletes and prevention of sudden cardiac death in the young. 

Tom Finsterbach

Tom retired from the Ashley Lab..

Megan Fischer-Colbrie

Megan is beginning her 3rd year of medical school at UC San Diego and enjoys the ability to squeeze in surfing in between classes. She remains interested in a wide range of specialties, from internal medicine to orthopedic surgery and looks forward to rotations!

Noah Friedman

Noah graduated from Stanford in 2016 with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in artificial intelligence. He completed a honors thesis, examining the production and import of algorithmically generated artwork. Currently he is pursuing a M.S. in Biomedical Informatics to be conferred in 2017. He works as a team member for the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases, designing and improving algorithms for analysis of patient genetic data. When not working, he enjoys biking, marathon running, painting, cooking and surfing.

Becca Fuhlbrigge

Becca Fuhlbrigge is a clinical research coordinator with the Ashley Lab. She grew up outside Boston and moved to Palo Alto after graduating from MIT in 2013 with a degree in Biology. After spending almost 4 years in the Fathman lab at Stanford studying type 1 diabetes, she moved to the Ashley lab to gain more clinical experience and explore new topics. Eventually, Becca hopes to go to medical school. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and marveling at the Bay Area weather.

Rachel Goldfeder

Rachel works at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine as a Computational Scientist on their Genome Technologies team. Her projects are focused on creating new, innovative methods for analyzing genomic data, specially for informing medical decisions.
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Carolyn Hayes

Carolyn has been completing her medical studies in Ireland while also getting to race around the world on the international elite circuit doing what she loves- Triathlon! Her aim is to specialize in Cardiology, and she hopes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in triathlon.

Emmi Helle

Emmi is currently finishing her pediatric residency at Helsinki University Children's Hospital, in addition she is a postdoc at Kivelä lab, Translational Cancer Biology, Helsinki University.

Julian Homburger

Julian founded a digital health company, Encompass Bioscience, with co-founder Danny Park and advisors Chris Gignoux, Eimear Kenny, and Noah Zaitlen. Encompass Bioscience works to bring precision medicine to common hospital.

Vy-Van Le

Vy-Van is currently a cardiologist at the University of Montreal.

Seung-Pyo is currently a visiting associate professor in the Ashley lab. After completing his MD and PhD degree at Seoul National University and his residency/fellowship in Cardiology at Seoul National University Hospital, he is currently an associate professor in the same hospital. He works primarily at the echocardiography laboratory in Korea as a specialist in cardiovascular imaging and runs numerous research on development of new imaging techniques for evaluation of various heart disease. His primary clinical interest is in managing patients with cardiomyopathies and valvular heart disease. Born in Seoul, it is his second time studying abroad (the first being to London when he was a 7-year old boy!) and he expects to challenge things that he has not learned previously. More specifically, he expects to learn how the genetic mutations in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is linked to the change of protein structures and how this in turn, leads to the development of cardiac dysfunction and ultimately, the clinical picture. From a clinical perspective, he expects to learn how the clinical genetic service is run in Stanford and hopes to benchmark and implement the system when he returns to Korea. In his free time on weekends, he enjoys playing various sports with his family (cycling, skiing, soccer and what else!!!) and also, reading books. He is also getting adapted to seeing the beautiful nature of California. Seung-Pyo never has been seriously engaged in cooking at Korea. Apart from learning how mixing the genes lead to serious disease, he expects to learn how mixing the ingredients lead to serious tastes!

Roshni Madhvani

Roshni is currently a Research Scientist at Cytokinetics, where she is helping to develop medicines and therapies for patients with muscle diseases such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, and ALS.

Mahdokht Masaeli

Mahdokht is the CEO and co-founder at Deepcell, a startup company spun out of Ashley lab. She grew up in Tehran, Iran and got her BSc in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. She moved to the US in 2008 to continue her studies. She got introduced to the field of Bioengineering through a research scholarship at Harvard-MIT HST and earned a PhD in Bioengineering from UCLA in 2014. At Deepcell, she is developing a novel technology for isolation of rare cells.

Maura Moran

Maura finished nursing school in December 2016 and is working as a pediatric nurse at Children's Hospital Colorado. She is completing her degree as a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 2020, and, much to the Ashley Lab's influence, will also be working towards her PhD!

Stephen Pan

Steve Pan is an instructor in the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY in the Center for Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, where he is an attending cardiologist taking care of advanced heart failure and left ventricular assist device patients. He also continues to do clinical research in novel heart failure therapies, inherited cardiomyopathies, and cardiac sarcoidosis.

Aleksandra 'Aleks' Pavlovic

Aleks graduated from UC Irvine in 2004, she moved back to the Bay Area in order to get more experience conducting research. Currently she is managing the Stanford Heart Failure Tissue Bank and Database. Also she is working on a variety of heart failure genetics studies including "Dramatic Response to Pharmaceutical Therapy Study" and "Variation in Gene Expression in Patients Taking Ace Inhibitors". She acts as a genetics liaison in our Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic-offering genetic testing and information to patients with this condition. She has a strong interest in the genetics of peripartum cardiomyopathy and is working on a study involving this population.

Marco Perez

Marco is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at Stanford University. He specializes in cardiac electrophysiology and more specifically inherited cardiac arrhythmias. He is a physician in the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease.
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James Priest

James Priest MD is an assistant professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Stanford with a newly independent laboratory studying the genetic and molecular basis of congenital heart disease & long-term outcomes.

Cameron Prybol

Cameron is a PhD student in the department of Genetics. He grew up on the east coast and, as soon as he was old enough to work a TV remote, began self-indoctrinating himself with a love of biology through a steady supply of Wild Discovery reruns. After a brief stint of falsely believing he wanted to study mechanical engineering, he came to his senses and enrolled in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program at the University of Georgia. He partook in research focusing on metabolic pathways of hyperthermophilic archaea, Lepidoptera of the Costa Rican cloud forests, and dabbled in computer science before finally taking a course on genomics. He was hooked from the moment he saw the legendary and ubiquitous NHGRI "cost per genome vs. Moore's Law" graph for the first time. Shortly thereafter, he landed himself a position conducting forward genetic screens on the mechanisms of chromatin remodeling and genome stability in Neurospora crassa with Zack Lewis. After two years with the Lewis lab and having likely contaminated all of his worldly possessions with N. crassa fungal spores, he enrolled in the Biosciences PhD program at Stanford and began his journey of learning how to decode clinical jargon. His current research with the Ashley lab focuses on RNA regulation of cardiac development and disease and collaborating with Stanford's Center for Undiagnosed Diseases. He has additional research interests in long-read sequencing technology and high-throughput screening and enjoys participating in open source software development as it applies to his work. When he's not in lab, you may find him seeking remote wilderness areas, pretending to be athletic on single-track running trails, or learning about ecological restoration and community development projects in the Bay Area.

Xiumei Qu

Xiumei is a life Science research associate in a Transplant Immunology Lab at Stanford University.

Kristin Reese

Kristin recently finished up medical school at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, out in Long Island, NY. She just started her pediatric residency at Yale University in 2019. And when she’s not busy studying, you can find her running marathons or volunteering with her dog as a pet therapy team.

Pablo Sanchez-Cordero

Pablo Cordero is currently a postdoc in Josh Stuart's group at UCSC, where he is applying single cell genomic analyses to understand brain development.

Audrey Schlachter

After attending Cal Poly SLO for a degree in Psychology, Audrey stumbled upon the field of genetic counseling after watching the riveting show 90210. She was fortunate enough to interview inspiring genetic counselors throughout the country and was graciously given an opportunity to volunteer with the genetic counselors in SCICD. This led to her current role as Data Aid for the Ashley Lab. When she is not typing away at her computer or shadowing every care team professional, she is usually found studying for grad school or practicing inversions at a yoga studio.

Ching Shang

Ching is a research scientist at Gilead Sciences working on drug target discovery and validation in inflammatory diseases.

Yael Shmargad

Yael is living in Chicago where she is attending Rush University for her Masters of Science in Nursing, while working in the Neuroscience ICU at Rush Medical Center. She will be graduating in August of 2017, and is hoping to work in a critical care setting, while figuring out what to specialize in for her doctorate.

Oretunlewa Soyinka

Oretunlewa is a medical school student.

Valerie Stevens

This coming year (Fall 2017), Valerie will be attending the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to begin her MSc studies in Public Health.

John Taghavi

John is now in his final year of CT surgery training at Papworth Hospital.

Bob Turcott

Bob is a cardiologist at the Palo Alto VA as well as Founder of Portola Innovation.

Daryl Waggott

Daryl Waggott is a senior scientist working on emerging technologies to improve diagnostics and therapeutic aspects of precision health. He works closely with Silicon Valley companies to promote academic research through technical collaboration. Daryl is currently working on integrating genomic profiles and wearable sensor monitoring with augmented electronic medical records. These precision medical records are being used to create a learning health-care system. In addition Daryl is specifically interested in the genomics of physical activity, fitness and sport. He manages a large number of studies in this space including ELITE, MoTrPAC Bioinformatics Core, MyHeart Counts App, UK Biobank and Cooper Institute.

Clifton Watt

Clifton is a cardiologist in Oakland, CA.

Chris Woods

Christopher is the Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Mills Peninsula division.

Jennifer Wylie

Jennifer is finishing her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences in Denver, Colorado.

Kathia Zaleta

Kathia is a Senior Research Scientist at UCSD and her research focus is characterization of non-coding RNAs biomarkers.