Rotation Graduate Students

Darshini Desai, MS

Graduate student, Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology
Rotation student (August - October 2018)

Darshini Desai is pursuing her PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology at University of Cincinnati. She received her Bachelors in Pharmacy at Mumbai University from India and her Masters from Auburn University, USA. She is currently working as a rotational student in Dr. Sadayappan’s Lab focusing on the role of mybpc1 gene in mouse skeletal muscle cells.

Xiaolong Ma, MS

Graduate student, Pharmacology and System Physiology, University of Cincinnati
Rotation Student: September- December 2018

Currently, Xiaolong is a 2nd year Graduate Student working on his Ph.D. dissertation at University of Cincinnati. As a young physiologist, he has a solid foundation in cardiology. He has already learned using the western blot to analyze three myosin-binding protein subtypes and immunohistochemistry methods to detect cMyBP-c within sarcomere. He will spend three months in Dr. Sadayappan’s lab pursuing his interest in discovering the interaction of CDK4/6 inhibitor and cardiac function.

Brittany C. Duncan

Graduate student, Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Program
Rotation student (November 2018 - February 2019)

Brittany is a first year PhD student in the Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Program with an interest in cardiovascular pharmacology. Her long-term goal is to be a physician-scientist discovering novel therapies for cardiovascular disease. Her research project at Sadayappan lab involves determine genotype-phenotype correlation and define the mechanism of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Remon S. Azer, M.Sc.

Graduate Student, Pharmacology and System Physiology, University of Cincinnati
Rotation student (Jan 2018-Present)

RemonAzer has received his Master of Science in biochemistry from Cairo University, Egypt in October 2012. Remon joined the PhD program in System Biology & Physiology at the University of Cincinnati. Remon is interested in cardiovascular genetics and bioinformatics especially the grey area between both fields. Remon has 8 years of experience as a molecular geneticist at Aswan Heart Center, Egypt.He worked on the national project for molecular characterization of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by molecular screening for the main sarcomeric genes (MYBPC3, MYH7 and TNNT2) among Egyptian patients with HCM. He has published 4 journal articles. His current project involves determining novel variants in South Asian subjects with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Latia Tucker

Graduate student, Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Program
Rotation student (November 2018 - February 2019)

Latia is a graduate student in the Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology Program PhD program at University Cincinnati. She came to Dr. Sadayappan’s lab for an 8-week rotation to work on elucidating the inflammatory effects and immune response elicited by the N-terminal fragment of cardiac myosin binding protein-C.

Olga Raguimova

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
Rotation Student : January – February 2013

Olga was a graduate student working on her PhD thesis at Loyola University Chicago. As part of her curriculum, she came to Dr. Sadayappan’s lab for a three-month rotation to work on the methods of assessing mitochondrial stability in order to identify the role played by ETFDH in heart dysfunction.

Niya Morris

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
Rotation Student: October – December 2012

Niya successfully spent three months in the Sadayappan lab to learn and perform Western blot analysis to determine the level of ETFDH protein expression in cardiomyocytes. She also mastered immunofluorescence analyses to define ETFDH localization and cell culture experiments to overexpress ETFDH in neonatal cardiomyocytes.

Ryan Himes

Graduate Student, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Division
Rotation Student : April – June 2011

Ryan was a graduate student working on his PhD thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Seth Robia. He spent three months in the Sadayappan lab to learn and perform cloning experiments to generate recombinant peptides using the pET expression system. He was able to successfully clone the N’ region of human cMyBP-C and generate HIS-tagged recombinant proteins.

For queries and opportunities, Please Contact :

Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director of Heart Branch of the Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute
Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease, College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Cardiovascular Center, Rm 4935
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0542, USA
Phone : +1 513-558-7498
Email : sadayasl@ucmail.uc.edu

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