Lab Members


Mohamed ZayedPrincipal Investigator:
Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine,
Director, Vascular Surgery Biobank
Administrative Staff:

Theresa BelgeriTheresa Belgeri
Administrative Assistant

Responsible for coordinating meetings and compiling weekly surgery schedules for the Biobank, assisting with abstract submissions and poster presentations.

Research Staff: 

Larisa BelaygorodLarisa Belaygorod
Research Assistant
Experience: 19 years

 

 

 

Expertise in molecular biology methodic, work with mice and more.

Malik DarwechMalik Darwech
Research Technician
Experience: 2 years

 

 

 

Working towards characterization of fatty acid synthase in vascular disease.

Kshitij (Kash) Desai Kshitij (Kash) Desai
Third-year medical student
Washington University School of Medicine

 

 

Research focus on characterizing lipid changes in the setting of diabetes and improving surgical and medical therapies. 

Gayan De SilvaGayan De Silva, MD
General Surgery Resident
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Section of Vascular Surgery

 

 

Research focus on relationship between fatty acid synthase and progression of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in diabetic patients.

Jamie JungJamie Jung, RMA
Research Assistant
Experience: 7 years

 

 

 

Consents patients; collects blood, tissue and clinical data; processes specimens. 

Khalid SaffafKhalid Saffaf
Student Researcher
  

 

 

 

 Explores novel methods to assess perfusion in diabetic patients with severe peripheral artery disease. 

Omar SaffarOmar Saffaf
Student Researcher

 

 

 

Explores novel treatment options for diabetic patients with severe PAD. 

Chao YangChao Yang
Post-doctoral Research Fellow

 

 

 

Studies lipidomic of diseased arterial segments in humans with diabetes and PAD.

Clinical Staff and Coordinators:

Kathy DoddsKathy Dodds, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
Experience: 20 years

 

 

 

Has extensive experience as a research coordinator at Washington University.

Ronnie EugeaRonnie Eugea
Registered Medical Assistant
Experience: 3 years

 

 

 

Consents biobank patients, obtains OR specimens, processes specimens.

Courtney PorterCourtney Porter
ANP | Research Coordinator
Experience: 10 years

 

 

 

Over 10 years experience as adult nurse practitioner and research coordinator for the Section of Vascular Surgery.

 
Former Lab Members:
Michael Bao
Vascular Surgery BioBank
03/15-08/15
Katherin Leckie
Role of AngioVac Suction Device
01/15-08/15
Raghay Julakanti
Expression of CEPT1 in Plaque
06/15-08/15
Uzma Naim
CEPT1 Expression in Diabetic Arterial Tissue
06/15-10/16
John Hornick
Call to Identify Risk Factors for Readmission
08/15-12/15
Mohamed Kuziez
Type II Endoleaks following EVAR
05/16-08/16

Kyoung Mi Park, MS
Mechanism of Peripheral Arterial Disease Progression in Diabetes
11/15-05/17

Susie Grathwohl
Role of Phospholipogenesis
07/16-07/17


Susie Grathwohl