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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.

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; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
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General cardiology, resistant hypertension

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Martin Beinborn, MD

Martin Beinborn, MD

Title(s): Co-Director, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center
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Molecular pharmacology

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Robert M. Blanton, Jr., MD

Robert M. Blanton, Jr., MD

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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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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Jonas B. Galper, MD, PhD

Jonas B. Galper, MD, PhD

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

Title(s): Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) Center for Translational Genomics; Cardiologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2807
Fax #: 617-636-5649

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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Navin K. Kapur, MD

Navin K. Kapur, MD

Title(s): Executive Director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI); Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Research Laboratories; Investigator, 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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MariaPilar Alcaide Alonso, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Mark Aronovitz
Director, Mouse Physiology Core

Wendy Baur
Director of Cell Culture Core

Dionne Bradford
Research Administrator, MCRI Administration

Timothy Calamaras
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jennifer DuPont
Postdoctoral Fellow

Patricia Griffiths-Rossiter
Research Administrator, MCRI Administration

Benjamin Harwood
Postdoctoral Fellow

Seung Kyum Kim
Postdoctoral Fellow

Qing Lu, MD, PhD
Research Associate

Joseph McCarthy
Research Associate

Kevin Morine
Postdoctoral Fellow

Xiaoying Qiao, MD, PhD
Research Associate, Molecular Cardiology Research Center

Debbie Slater, MHSA
Director of Administration and Finance, MCRI Administration

Bonnie Wang, MD
Research Associate, Laboratory of Lipid Metabolism and Cardiovascular Signaling

Yali Zhang, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Lipid Metabolism and Cardiovascular Signaling