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  • Sameera Peraramelli

    Sameera Peraramelli

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hematology

    Bio I am Dr. Sameera Peraramelli, a PhD graduate in Biochemistry at University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. I hail from Indian which is culturally very rich. I did my schooling in Delhi and bachelors in biochemistry at Delhi University which is one of the most prestigeous universities in India. After my bachelors I went to the number one research institute of India, Indian Institute of Science for my masters in Biological sciences. After successful completion of my masters I moved to Netherlands to pursue my PhD. I published 5 first author papers during my PhD and received awards for scientific excellence and young investigator award. I have presented my work during my masters and PhD at national and international level. I now joined the reputed Stanford university for my postdoctoral research.

  • Todd Peterson

    Todd Peterson

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

    Bio After receiving my Bachelors (2006) and Masters (2010) degrees at the University of Wisconsin ? Milwaukee, I obtained my PhD at Southern Illinois University in 2013. My current research focuses on the central nervous systems response to insult.

    I am interested in understanding the complex cellular and molecular interactions that comprise the neuroinflammatory response to neural injury in an effort to develop therapeutic treatment options that produce the most optimal response to multiple types of neural insult and other neurobiological disorders. The World Health Organization reports that neurological disorders are one of the greatest threats to public health. Of the hundreds of these disorders, some of the most common are traumatic brain injury, stroke, and degenerative disorders. Although these disorders are initiated through different causes, the common underlying factor in all of these neurodegenerative diseases is neuroinflammation. The acute response is characterized by glial cell activation, oxidative stress, and edema, all of which lead to increased tissue damage. Chronic neuroinflammation is a sustained, self-perpetuating response that persists long after the onset of neural insult. There is a complex interaction between resident immune cells like microglia and astrocytes and infiltrating immune cells including neutrophils, macrophages, and T lymphocytes. This complicated response to neural injury is a defense mechanism to remove harmful agents and promote recovery, but when over active, it can contribute to further damage. My current objective is to identify the underlying mechanisms of the neuroinflammatory response in multiple different animal models of injury and neurobiological disorders. Ultimately my goal is to steer a group that is running preclinical trials on cellular and molecular compounds designed to reduce the harmful features of the neuroinflammatory response but to harness the beneficial aspects.

  • Owen Phillips

    Owen Phillips

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Child Psychiatry

    Bio Dr. Owen Phillips grew up next to San Francisco in Marin County. There he went to Redwood High School in Larkspur before he moved south to Los Angeles. In 2006, he obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Owen dedicated the next few years to neuroscience research at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) in UCLA. In early 2012, he moved to Rome, Italy and conducted research at the Santa Lucia Foundation hospital. At the end of 2015, he was awarded his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. In January, he joined Manpreet Singh?s lab at Stanford University as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

    Dr. Phillips? research integrates brain imaging, genomics and neurocognitive data in novel ways to uncover new insights into the brain's structure and function. For more information, please visit:

  • Milos Pjanic

    Milos Pjanic

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine

    Bio Research statement:
    My major fields of interest are computational biology and bioinformatics, coupled with the passion for the next-generation sequencing technologies, and a profound scientific interest in genomics, transcriptomics, regulation of gene expression, specificity of binding of transcription factors to the genome, histone modifications, nucleosome positioning, long-range genomic interactions and compartmentalization of the genome. My research lies on the frontier of the contemporary computational genomics, with the emphasis on development and testing of scripts and algorithms for the analysis of human genome and transcriptome. My focus is the improvement of methods for the various applications of the next generation sequencing, such as chromatin - immunoprecipitation sequencing or ChIP-Seq, RNA-sequencing or RNA-Seq, and probing open chromatin, DNase-Seq/ATAC-Seq, in order to answer key biological question that will ultimately help us understand better the underlying mechanisms of life. As a postdoc at Stanford?s Cardiovascular Institute, I am elucidating complex networks of interactions of transcription factors in human cardiac and vascular tissues, and molecular mechanisms that explain how cardiovascular disease risk-associated genomic loci confer disease risk. I am also employing allele specific computational pipelines to the existing next generation sequencing techniques, i.e. ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq, in combination with the generation of eQTL data for human arterial smooth muscle cells (primary cell type of atherosclerotic lesions) to identify the causal variants that underlie disease susceptibility. In addition, I am modeling vascular SMC tissue-specific open chromatin with ATAC-Seq and DNase-Seq to understand the underlying mechanisms for cardiovascular disease causal variants. I am also active as a blogger, started a blog and continually post UNIX and R related tips and resolve computational problems that can be applied to genomics.

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