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  • Hiromitsu (Hiro) Nakauchi

    Hiromitsu (Hiro) Nakauchi

    Professor of Genetics (Stem Cell)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Translation of discoveries in basic research into practical medical applications

  • Karina Nakayama

    Karina Nakayama

    Instructor, Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Bio I am an Instructor in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford University working with Dr. Ngan Huang using spatially patterned biomimetic niches to direct cell fate, angiogenesis, and tissue regeneration. Prior to Stanford, I attained a PhD from the University of California, Davis in Biomedical Engineering in the translational laboratory of Dr. Alice Tarantal working towards regenerative therapies for congenital kidney diseases using decellularized kidney matrices and directed differentiation of stem and progenitor cells towards renal lineages.

    I am dedicated to understanding the biomechanical cell-substrate interactions that modulate cell phenotype and behavior towards enhancing tissue neurovascularization, regeneration, and function. The overarching goal of my research is the development of bioengineered therapeutics that can lead to future regenerative therapies, with relevance to cardiovascular and musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. My work to date, suggests that the composition, spatial organization, and mechanical properties of extracellular matrix microenvironments play a directive role in modulating cell phenotype and function. The scientific themes that frame my research program are the elucidation of novel biomechanical pathways that can be harnessed to enhance engineered vasculature, innervation, and function of cardiac and skeletal muscle, and complex multi-tissue composites using methods that range from nanopatterning of biomaterials and RNASeq, to modular immuno-physiologic culture systems and regenerative rehabilitation.

    My research background spans the fields of biomedical engineering, developmental and stem cell biology, and cardiovascular medicine, making multi-disciplinary research at the interface of these disciplines natural and primed for innovation. I have enjoyed research funding through the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the NIH/NHLBI (T32 and F32 fellowships), and the American Heart Association. I recently received K99/R00 funding through the NIH/NHLBI and look forward to using this award to jumpstart my independent research career.

    I am eager to mentor undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs from diverse backgrounds into critically thinking ambassadors of science, engineering, and medicine. I am excited to share my knowledge and passion for science and engineering with this next generation of talented young innovators and to be a positive force in promoting equity in education and diversity in STEM fields.

  • Shweta Satish Namjoshi

    Shweta Satish Namjoshi

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Gastroenterology

    Bio Dr. Namjoshi is dedicated to pediatric advanced nutrition, gastroenterology, and hepatology. She specializes in the care of children with intestinal failure and in general gastroenterology, earning the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition's Certified Nutrition Support Clinician designation in 2018. Her research interests include iron in gastrointestinal diseases, anemia in intestinal failure, and micronutrient deficiency in children on chronic home parenteral nutrition.

  • Vivek Nanda

    Vivek Nanda

    Instructor, Surgery - Vascular Surgery

    Bio I am interesting in identifying the heritable component of a wide range of cardiovascular diseases which include coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease. To this end, I am involved in utilizing genome-wide genetic and bioinformatics approaches to identify loci responsible for disease, and thereafter validating these findings by implementing a variety of molecular genetics, molecular biology and transgenic mouse models to explain the vascular biology of the identified gene or pathway.

  • Sandy Napel

    Sandy Napel

    Professor of Radiology (Integrative Biomedical Imaging Informatics) and, by courtesy, of Medicine (Medical Informatics) and of Electrical Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research seeks to advance the clinical and basic sciences in radiology, while improving our understanding of biology and the manifestations of disease, by pioneering methods in the information sciences that integrate imaging, clinical and molecular data. A current focus is on content-based radiological image retrieval and integration of imaging features with clinical and molecular data for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapy planning decision support.

  • Valerio Napolioni

    Valerio Napolioni

    Instructor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research is focused on the genetic underpinnings of common complex neuropsychiatric disorders with an emphasis on evolutionary/adaptive effects of gene variants. Given the incredible complexity underlying human neurobehavioral traits, I strongly believe in the necessity of applying a multidisciplinary approach that may involve genetics, neuropsychiatry, ecology, immunology and sociology. Currently I’m working on:
    1) X-chromosome wide association studies, aiming to get a better understanding of sex-specific differences in the susceptibility to neuropsychiatric conditions
    2) non-linear models of genetic association (recessive/overdominant traits)
    3) exploring the role of consanguinity in neuropsychiatric traits