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Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI)

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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.

Researchers

MariaPilar Alcaide Alonso, PhD

MariaPilar Alcaide Alonso, PhD

Title(s): Director, Vascular Immunology Laboratory; Principal Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Molecular Cardiology Research Center
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Vascular, immunology

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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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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): Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI) Center for Translational Genomics; Cardiologist, Preventive Cardiology Center; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5649

Cardiology, preventive cardiology

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Lakshmanan (Lax) Iyer, PhD

Lakshmanan (Lax) Iyer, 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 basis of cardiovascular biology

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Iris Z. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Iris Z. Jaffe, MD, PhD

Title(s): Principal Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Cardiologist, Preventive Cardiology Center; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-1444

General cardiology, resistant hypertension, preventative cardiology

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Navin K. Kapur, MD

Navin K. Kapur, MD

Title(s): Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Cardiology Research Laboratories; Director, Cardiac Biology Research Center within the 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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Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD

Richard H. Karas, MD, PhD

Title(s): Chief Scientific Officer; Vice Chairman for Scientific Affairs, Department of Medicine; Executive Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute;Co-Director, Women's Heart Center; Faculty, Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Program; Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professor of Molecular Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8776
Fax #: 617-636-5913

General cardiology, coronary artery disease in women, preventive cardiology, lipid management

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Alan S. Kopin, MD

Alan S. Kopin, MD

Title(s): Director, Molecular Pharmacology Research Institute; 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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Janis Lem, PhD

Janis Lem, PhD

Title(s): Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute and Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Reserach Institute
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Microbiology, retina research

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Sami Noujaim, PhD

Sami Noujaim, PhD

Title(s): Principal Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Noujaim Laboratory
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Pharmacology

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Ho-Jin Park, PhD

Ho-Jin Park, PhD

Title(s): Principal Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, Laboratory of Lipid Metabolism and Cardiovascular Signaling
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Biochemistry

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Gavin Schnitzler, PhD

Gavin Schnitzler, PhD

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

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Staff

Mark Aronovitz
Director, Mouse Physiology Core

Wendy Baur
Director of Cell Culture Core

Dionne Bradford
Research Administrator, MCRI Administration

Timothy Calamaras
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ci Chien
Research Assistant, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center

Jamie Doyle, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center

Jennifer DuPont
Postdoctoral Fellow

Marina Freytsis
Graduate Student, Center for Translational Genomics

Patricia Griffiths-Rossiter
Research Administrator, MCRI Administration

Marian Haburcak

Postdoctoral Fellow, Noujaim Laboratory 

Benjamin Harwood
Postdoctoral Fellow

Bina Julian
Graduate Student, Molecular Pharmacology Research Center

Seung Kyum Kim
Postdoctoral Fellow

Qing Lu, MD, PhD
Research Associate

Joseph McCarthy
Research Associate

Kevin Morine
Postdoctoral Fellow

Tania Nevers
Postdoctoral Fellow

Vikram Paruchuri, MD
Research Associate, Molecular Cardiology Research Center

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

Ane Miren Salvador
Graduate Student

Debbie Slater
Director of Administration and Finance, MCRI Administration

Francisco Velazquez
Research Associate, Molecular Cardiology Research Center

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

Guang-Rong Wang, MD
Research Associate, Molecular Cardiology Research Center

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

Jin Zhao, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Cardiology Research Center