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Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI)

Researchers + Staff

The Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) at Tufts Medical Center is comprised of 17 gifted investigators and physician-scientists teamed with over 80 highly-trained staff and engaged trainees. The MCRI is led by an Executive Director, and three center Directors, all of whom work collaboratively.

Robert M. Blanton, Jr., MD

Robert M. Blanton, Jr., MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Cardiologist; Investigator and Co-Director, Mouse Physiology Core Laboratory, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-1444

General cardiology, preventive cardiology

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Howard H. Chen, PhD

Howard H. Chen, PhD

Title(s): Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
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Molecular imaging of cell death and survival, cell energetics, fibrosis and inflammation, molecular mechanisms of cardiac pathophysiology, nanotechnology and novel therapeutics

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Michael T. Chin, MD, PhD

Michael T. Chin, MD, PhD

Title(s): Research Director, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center and Research Institute, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI), CardioVascular Center (CVC), and the Division of Cardiology
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8066
Fax #: 617-636-7175

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease

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Isabelle Draper, PhD

Isabelle Draper, PhD

Title(s): Principal Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Institute; Assistant Professor, Tufts School of Medicine
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center
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Biochemistry

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Jennifer DuPont, PhD

Jennifer DuPont, PhD

Title(s): Principal Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Director, Vascular Function Core; Assistant Professor, Tufts School of Medicine
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI)
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Sex differences in vascular ageing, Vascular dysfunction in postmenopausal women

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Jonas B. Galper, MD, PhD

Jonas B. Galper, MD, PhD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Laboratory of Lipid Metabolism and CardioVascular Signaling, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-4833

General cardiology, molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases

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Gordon S. Huggins, MD

Gordon S. Huggins, MD

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) Center for Translational Pharmacology and Genomics; Cardiologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8991
Fax #: 617-636-5999

Genetic mechanisms in cardiovascular cells including analysis of human trains and disease as a discovery platform biological studies, genetic susceptibility to heart and vascular diseases and molecular regulation of gene expression in cardiomyocytes and cardiomyocyte precursor cells.

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Iris Z. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Iris Z. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Title(s): Executive Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Cardiologist; Director, Vascular Biology Research Center within the MCRI; Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor of Molecular Cardiology, TUSM
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI), Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
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General cardiology, resistant hypertension

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Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Executive Director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI); Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Research Laboratories; Director of Cardiac Biology Research Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support

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Alan S. Kopin, MD

Alan S. Kopin, MD

Title(s): Director, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Professor, Pharmacology and Genetics, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center
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Molecular pharmacology, gastroenterology, physiology

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Mary C Wallingford, PhD

Mary C Wallingford, PhD

Title(s): Principle Investigator; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Mother Infant Research Institute (MIRI), Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI)
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Placentation, Vascular Biology, Mammalian Embryonic Development

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MariaPilar Alcaide Alonso, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Mark Aronovitz
Director, Mouse Physiology Core

Wendy Baur
Director, Cell Culture Core

Dionne Bradford
Research Administrator, MCRI

Chrissie Connors
Administrative Research Coordinator, MCRI

Patricia Griffiths-Rossiter
Research Administrator, MCRI

Debbie Slater, MHSA
Director, Administration and Finance, MCRI

Junya Awata
Research Associate - Chin Lab

Lauren Biwer, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Jaffe Lab

Heather Bowditch
Research Associate - Huggins Lab

Rachel Kenney
Research Associate - DuPont Lab

Seung Kyum Kim, PhD,
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Jaffe Lab 

Amy Larson, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow-  Chin Lab

Qing Lu 
Research Associate - Jaffe Lab

Josh Man
MD/PhD Student - Jaffe Lab

Elizabeth Moss
MD/PhD Student - Jaffe Lab

Daniel Richards, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Blanton Lab 

Kelly Tam, MS
Research Associate - Blanton Lab

Roger Perrault, MD
Research Associate- Wallingford Lab

Molecular Cardiology Research Institute 20th Anniversary logo

20 years of discovery

For the past 20 years, the investigators and research teams of the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) have continually translated basic findings into new clinical strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Learn about our discoveries