Lab Administrators

Dianna Lesley Black, BS

Sr. Research Assistant (January 2019 – Present)

Dianna specialized in Biology and spent three years of Bachelors studying Microbiology at University of Cincinnati after high school. She then worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for over 22 years prior to joining our group. She began working in Veterinary Services at CCHMC in 1996 before joining the Division of Pulmonary Biology/Neonatology at CCHMC where she studied rare lung disease and the evaluation of GM- CSF in pathogenesis in mouse models of human diseases. During her 18 years in Pulmonary Biology, Diane played a leadership role in a GLP study for her lab, managed the rodent colony, worked daily with the labs NHP colony, and performed several techniques which provided blood/tissue samples for the labs presentations and publications. Diane enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, watching her son play select baseball for his traveling team, and vacationing near the ocean.

Lisa Ann Martin, BS

Sr. Research Assistant (April 2016 - Present)

Lisa completed her Associates of Science in Biology and her Bachelors of Arts from Thomas More College while working full time at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She began her career in the Veterinary Services Department in 1991 before joining the Department of Molecular Cardiovascular Biology in 1993 as a Research Assistant. In 2014 Lisa joined CCHMC’s Heart Institute Biorepository and learned about best practices for bio-specimen collections and storage. Lisa enjoys vacationing with her family; especially to Walt Disney World! She also enjoys gardening and reading in her spare time.

Angela Taylor, MS

Research Assistant (Feb 2016 - Sep 2018)

Angela received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Education at Cleveland State University, where she also completed independent research. Angela joined the Sadayappan lab as a Research Assistant in February of 2016. She is a registered Veterinary Technician and is responsible for managing the mouse colony for the lab. Prior to joining University of Cincinnati, Angela was employed as an Animal Care Technician through Charles River Laboratories at the University of Chicago and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. In her personal life, Angela has worked with various species of animals including birds, cats, dogs, amphibians, reptiles, and rodents.

Jessica Kraker, MS

Research Assistant (May 2016-Nov 2016)

Jessica received her Bachelor in Science in Biology from Boston College in May 2015, and her Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Loyola University Chicago in May 2016. She then joined Dr. Sadayappan's lab in June 2016 as a Research Assistant, where she is studying hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and assisting on other long-term projects. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys long walks on the beach, playing soccer, traveling, reading, and listening to music.

Aravind Jagadeesan, BS

Research Assistant (Sep 2015-Aug 2016)

Aravind first started working in the Sadayappan lab as a summer intern in 2012, when he was a sophomore in college. In 2013, he received an APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship to initiate his own project. Aravind graduated in 2014 from Loyola University as a biophysics major and now works full-time in the lab as a Research Assistant focusing on population studies with the MYBPC3 gene.

For queries and opportunities, Please Contact :

Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA
Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Chairman for Basic Research
Department of Internal Medicine
Director of Heart Branch of the Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute
Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Cardiovascular Center, Rm 4935
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0542, USA
Phone : +1 513-558-7498
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