People - Rabinovitch Lab


Postdoctoral Fellows

Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D.
Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor of Pediatrics - Cardiology Professor (by courtesy) of Developmental Biology Staff Scientist, Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Dr. Rabinovitch joined Stanford University in the summer of 2002 as the Dwight and Vera Dunlevie Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, and staff scientist at the Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also Professor (by courtesy) of Developmental Biology. Dr. Rabinovitch is a graduate of McGill University Medical School in 1971, and served on the medical faculty at Harvard, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and at the University of Toronto where she was the Director of Cardiovascular Research.


Michal Bental Roof, Ph.D.
Academic and Research Program Officer

Dr. Michal Bental Roof joined Dr. Rabinovitch/Bland group as Academic and Research Program Officer in September 2002. Michal holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry (with distinction) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in the Life Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. In that capacity she oversees grant proposal development, manuscript preparation, and regulatory issues (IRB, APLAC, biosafety protocols). She is also the site coordinator for the Stanford PHBI Transplant Center, and the coordinator for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Science Concentration of the School of Medicine.


Toshie Saito, M.D.
Research Associate

Dr. Toshie Saito received her M.D. degree from Gunma university graduate school of medicine in Japan in 2000, and completed her internal medicine residency at Tokyo University and related hospitals in 2004. She moved to Stanford University and joined Dr. Marlene Rabinovitch lab in fall 2010. Toshie's research project is related to pulmonary hypertension and autoimmunity. Her ultimate goal is to elucidate mechanism of pulmonary hypertension in terms of autoimmunity and contribute to early diagnosis and therapy.


Nils Nickel, M.D., Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow 

Dr. Nils Nickel received his M.D. degree from Medical School Hannover where he was a first year Resident in Pulmonary Medicine before he joined Prof. Rabinovitch's group. Nils participated in the StrucMed Program of Hannover Biomedical Research School with a focus on circulating Biomarkers in Pulmonary Hypertension. Nils's current research project is focused on innate immunity in Pulmonary Hypertension.


Jan K. Hennigs, M.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Hennigs joins the laboratory of Dr. Marlene Rabinovitch as a post-doctoral fellow in October 2012. Dr. Hennigs received his MD from Hamburg University, Germany In 2007, and completed a postgraduate program in molecular biology and a DFG-funded doctoral thesis at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology Hamburg in 2009. Prior to joining the Rabinovitch group, he pursued postdoctoral training in molecular pathology and residency in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg - Eppendorf, where he served as a Junior-PI in the Pulmonary Hypertension interdisciplinary research group.


Michelle Fox, B.A., R.V.T.
Administrative Associate

Michelle joined the Dr Rabinovitch/Bland group as an Administrative Associate in September 2004. She received a BA in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1995. Michelle entered the Veterinary field as an Assistant and continued to learn and received her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2001. Prior to working at Stanford, she was the head nurse at Peninsula Equine Medical Center in Menlo Park where her duties included everything from front office work to administering and monitoring anesthesia on 1000+ lb horses. She continues to be a part of their surgery team one day a week and also works one Saturday a month at a small animal hospital in Menlo Park.