The Cardiovascular Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

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Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD - Postdoctoral Reseach Fellow

Dr. Kiran Musunuru is a Clinical and Research Fellow affiliated with the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Musunuru received his M.D. degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, his Ph.D. degree from The Rockefeller University, and his M.P.H. degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Cardiovascular Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Musunuru’s primary research focuses on the genetics and genomics of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. He is a clinician at the MGH Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center.


Nicolas Kuperwasser, PhD- Lab Manager

Dr. Nicolas Kuperwasser is the laboratory manager and research associate.  He received his doctorate from Brandeis University in cellular and molecular biology.  His primary research focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease.


RonRon Do, PhD- Postdoctoral fellow

Ron Do is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Human Genetics Research, MGH and Broad Institute. He completed his M.Sc. in Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia and Ph.D in Human Genetics at McGill University. During his Ph.D., he studied the effects of genetic variants on lipids and cardiovascular disease using a variety of approaches including fine-mapping, gene-environment interaction and meta-analysis methods in gene association studies. He is currently investigating the role of low frequency variants and rare mutations in whole exome resequencing datasets of families with extreme lipid disorders and population-based samples with early onset myocardial infarction.


VeraVera Ruda - PostDoctoral Fellow

Dr. Vera Ruda is a Research Fellow affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Broad Institute. Dr. Ruda received her M.Sc. in Virology from Moscow State University and her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Moscow, Russia. She studied regulation of transcription in eukaryotes at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Dr.Ruda is interested in the role non-coding sequences play in the genome.


GinaGina Peloso - PostDoctoral Fellow

Gina Peloso is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Human Genetics Research, MGH. She completed her Ph.D in Biostatistics at Boston University. Her dissertation was on population structure in genetic association studies and the use of family data. While pursuing her Ph.D she was a research assistant working on statistical analysis with the Framingham Heart Study.  She is currently working on targeted and exome sequencing projects with high/low lipid trait samples.


Yu-XinYu-Xin Xu - Research Scientist

Dr. Yuxin Xu is a research scientist at the Center for Human Genetic Research, MGH. He received Ph.D. from Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. He obtained his postdoctoral training in Columbia University, New York, where he studied the regulation of gene expression via transcription and pre-mRNA processing, as well as the mechanism of mitotic chromosome condensation in mammals. He was then employed as research assistant professor at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Boston University Medical Campus, where he studied the metabolic regulation of mammalian glycosylation and the regulation of perlecan in the lipid binding and its implications in atherosclerosis. His current research focuses on the molecular mechanism of the newly identified genetic factors in the lipoprotein metabolism and their significance in the cardiovascular diseases.


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