The Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital


Farouc JafferRandall T Peterson

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Post-doctoral Research Fellows

Calfron ImageMarcella Calfon MD PhD
Dr. Marcella Calfon graduated from Harvard University with a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1997 and then received a combined M.D. and Ph.D. from New York University Medical Center in 2004. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship in General and Interventional Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Calfon’s research interests are in vascular biology with particular emphasis on the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in atherosclerosis. She is currently a combined clinical and research fellow working in the lab of Dr. Farouc Jaffer studying the effects of everolimus on plaque macrophages using intravascular molecular imaging-based strategies.

Jie CuiJie Cui MD, MSc
Jie Cui MD is a post-doc fellow working at Dr. Jaffer’s lab since July 2012. Upon graduation from Peking Union Medical College, she completed residency training in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is currently a nephrology fellow in a combined nephrology program collaborated between Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Cui’s research interest is to apply molecular imaging to evaluate inflammation, thrombosis and stenosis in dialysis access circuits.

AmrAmr El Maghraby MD
Amr El Maghraby MD, is a post-doctoral fellow working in Dr. Jaffer's lab since September 2011. He graduated from Alexandria medical school in Egypt. After that he has had cardiology clinical clerkships at Yale, UNC and Toronto medical schools. In Dr. Jaffer's lab he is currently working on DVT pathogenesis and resolution in addition to stent healing and thrombosis utilizing intravascular molecular imaging techniques.
Jin Won KimTetsuya Hara MD PhD
Tetsuya Hara MD, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow woking in Dr. Jaffer's lab since July 2010. He graduated from Kobe University school of medicine, Japan, and worked as a Cardiologist. During his clinical work, he accomplished several projects regarding cardiac-CT imaging. After finishing his residency and clinical fellowship, he worked in basic molecular biological research, and received a PhD from Kobe graduate school of medicine. By integrating his experience of clinical imaging work and molecular biology, he plans to work in cardiovascular molecular imaging in                                   Dr. Jaffer's lab.

Chase Kessinger PhD
I received my Ph.D degree in Cancer Biology from UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX, and a B.S. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University. My previous work encompassed developing and validating novel MRI nanoparticles for the molecular imaging of lung cancer and angiogenesis in vivo. In Dr. Jaffer's lab I look to integrate and develop molecular imaging agents and readouts for investigating small and large animal cardiovascular disease models.


EricEric A Osborn MD PhD
Dr. Eric Osborn graduated from Duke University with a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering in 1998, and received a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004 followed by an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2006 as part of the Health, Sciences, and Technology (HST) program. He then completed a residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA) where he continues as a clinical fellow in general and interventional cardiology. Dr. Osborn's research interests include novel strategies to identify and treat atherosclerotic vascular disease, and as a research fellow in Dr. Jaffer's lab is engaged in large animal catheter-based intravascular molecular imaging studies evaluating stent inflammation and healing, as well as the characterization of clinically translatable atherosclerotic probes.


HenryHenry Jorge Zelada Castro MD
My name is Henry Zelada, I’m a 26 years old Peruvian MD that graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. It is an honor to join this awesome team at the CVRC- MGH. I had the opportunity to travel around the world doing clinical clerkships in Canada, Spain, Germany, UK, and in the USA (UM, MD Anderson, LSU, WashU and Vanderbilt). In each of these amazing experiences I’ve felt I’ve grown as a person and as a physician.  I’m very grateful for this amazing opportunity to be a researcher in Dr. Jaffer’s lab. My work will be with the jugular ligation model on murines, analyzing the immune response of the stasis and trying to prove some new therapies.


Research Technologists

Adam Mauskapf BS
Adam Mauskapf is a research technologist that has been with the Jaffer lab since 2008. He graduated from Bucknell University in 2007. He helps to run the large and small animal research labs and is the research surgeon for the large animal lab. Adam helps to manage the lab, set up surgery schedules, and do many other technical tasks. He has experience in catheterization techniques, micro- and macro-surgery, animal care, anesthesia monitoring, and other aspects of animal research.


Graduate Students

YairYair Mega MSc
Yair Mega is a PhD candidate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Northeastern University and a Research Fellow at the Cardiovascular Research Center of Massachusetts General Hospital. His research focuses on non-linear optics applications for Bio-Medical imaging. Yair worked at the semi-conductors industry as a SEM and Nano-Lithography Engineer. He obtained his M.Sc. degree specializing in Nano-Lithography from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Tel-Aviv University, Israel and his Bachelor degree from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.


ashley steinAshley Stein BS
Ashley Stein is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Bioengineering. Her previous work was in orthopedic tissue engineering and development of x-ray imaging techniques. In Dr. Jaffer’s lab, she is currently working on development of intravascular molecular imaging for atherosclerosis.
Research Assistants
Hucker ImageWilliam Hucker MD PhD
Bill Hucker is currently an internal medicine resident in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He obtained his BS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MD from the Washington University School of Medicine. His graduate research focused on fluorescent imaging of cardiac electrical activity in the cardiac conduction system in both animal models as well as human tissue. His research interests include cardiac electrophysiology as well as developing new modalities for                                   cardiac imaging.

Ion Botnaru MD Post-doctoral fellow 2008-2010, Cardiology Fellow 2012-, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston, MA
Kiyuk Chang MD PhD Post-doctoral fellow 2007-2009, Associate Professor of Medicine, Seoul University, Korea
Neha Jakete MD Graduate student Summer 2009, Internal Medicine Resident 2012-, Johns Hopkins University 
Thomas Jetzfellner PhD Graduate student 2011-2012, Patent Attorney Candidate, Meissner Bolte & Partner GbR, Munich, Germany
Jin Won Kim MD PhD Post-doctoral fellow 2009-2011, Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Center, Guro Hospital, Korea
Georgios (George) Mallas PhD Graduate student 2008-2012, Algorithm Intern, Draeger Medical, Andover, Ma
Purvish Patel BS Graduate student 2006-2008, Research Associate, Quanterix Corporation, Cambridge, MA
Crystal Ripplinger PhD Post-doctoral fellow 2009-2010, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, Davis
Amir Rozental PhD Post-doctoral fellow 2009-2010, Post-doctoral fellow, Technical University of Munich
Amit Saxena PhD Post-doctoral fellow 2009-2011, Post-doctoral fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Brian Thompson PhD Research Technician 2010-2011, Field Applications Specialist, Promega

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