Aidan Dunphy

Aidan is a driven and passionate member of the lab who join in January of 2022. He holds a BS in molecular and cellular biology from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same field. He is a New Jersey native and a member of the JHU Varsity Men’s Soccer team. Aidan’s research centers on the effect of OGT deficiency on Erk1/2 phosphorylation and cardiac susceptibility to ischemia stress in mice models. Currently, he has a focus on whether BRAF can provide a cardio-protective effect though the Erk1/2 pathway.

Sogol Sedighi, M.D.

Sogol earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran, where she pursued her research interest in clinical cardiology. She joined Hopkins in April 2023 to further expand her research expertise in molecular cardiology. Her research focuses on the application of targeted proteomics in unraveling the pathophysiology of heart diseases. She aspires to become a clinician/scientist in the near future, all while traveling to as many countries as she can!

Tony Shen

Tony, a student researcher who is passionate about conducting research. His hometown is Shanghai, China where he was born and raised before coming to the US for college. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Biochemistry and was trained in the lab of Dr. Johannes von Lintig as an undergraduate student researcher. Tony’s bachelor thesis characterized the carotenoid binding proteins, the Aster protein family. His ongoing work is examining the impact of manipulating retinoic on the contractility of human stem cell-derived engineered heart tissue.

Kevin Prasad

Kevin is an enthusiastic researcher with a diverse background; he has lived in three countries—India, Indonesia, and The Netherlands—before pursuing his master’s at JHU.
He obtained his BSc from Maastricht University in The Netherlands. Kevin’s bachelor’s thesis sought to elucidate the appropriate stiffness of the cell culture substrate to convert myofibroblasts into fibroblasts. He showed that 3D-engineered heart matrices possess the ideal magnitude stiffness for transforming myofibroblasts into fibroblasts.
Kevin also led the 2021 iGEM MSP Maastricht team, which was awarded the iGEM silver medal and the prestigious National Student Engineering Award from the Royal Society of Engineers (KIVI) in the Netherlands. Before joining JHU, he interned at a biotech startup in Bangalore, India, where he learnt the workings of the business of science.

Kyriakos Papanicolaou, PhD

Kyriakos Papanicolaou, Ph.D.

Kyriakos, a native of beautiful sunny Cyprus, also comes to Hopkins by way of Boston, where he trained in the lab of Dr. Kenneth Walsh, Director of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute of the Boston University School of Medicine. His doctoral thesis examined the role of heart mitochondrial membrane proteins called mitofusins, particularly with respect to their influence on the mitochondrial permeability transition that marks the onset of cell death by necrosis. He also showed that mitofusins 1 and 2 are essential for postnatal metabolic remodeling in the heart. We are happy to have him on board.