Meet the Burridge lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.
Paul Burridge, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Center for Pharmacogenomics
Dr. Burridge is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is primary faculty in the Center for Pharmacogenomics, a member of the Center for Genetic Medicine, the Lurie Cancer Center, the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Institute, and the Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology Initiative. Dr. Burridge began his career in genomics and bioinformatics at the Sanger Institute working on the human and mouse genome projects. He completed a PhD in Human Stem Cell Biology at the University of Nottingham in Human Development (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) before pursuing postdoctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Cell Engineering in Pediatric Oncology and then at Stanford University Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Radiology/Cardiology. Dr. Burridge became an Instructor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford in 2013 before joining Northwestern in 2015. For more than a decade, he has worked on the applications of hiPSC in disease modeling, specifically the pharmacogenomic and molecular mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Dr. Burridge is the recipient of the NIH NHLBI Pathway to Independence Award and a Dixon Young Investigator Award, and in 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association.
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Brian Burmeister, PhD
Brian earned his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago while studying the coordination of signal transduction by scaffolding proteins and subsequent regulation of cardiovascular disease pathogenesis before joining the Burridge Lab in September of 2015.
Zhengxin Jiang, PhD
Kyle Jiang earned his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine in Molecular and Human Genetics before pursuing postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University in Internal Medicine/Cardiology, followed by Northwestern University in Pharmacology in 2015. For the past few years, he has worked on the genetic causes of human congenital cardiovascular disorders, and the application of hiPSC in cardiac disease modeling and heart regeneration. In the Burridge Lab, Kyle is focusing on modeling chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy with hiPSC-derived cells and establishing the genetic cause of patients’ specific off-target cardiotoxic drug response. He is interested in applying the knowledge and discoveries gained from these studies to drug screening, precision medicine and personalized cancer therapy.
Tarek Mohamed, PhD
Tarek Mohamed earned his PhD in pharmacogenomics from the School of Pharmacy, Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen in Germany. While earning his PhD, he worked as an early-stage researcher within a European Union sponsored research programme entitled “FightingDrugFailure” as a part of Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) at the Dr. Margarete Fischer-Bosch institute of clinical pharmacology in Stuttgart, Germany. He started his postdoctoral studies in Burridge Lab at Northwestern University in September of 2015.
Adam J. T. Schuldt, MD, PhD
Clinical Research Fellow
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Adam earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University investigating the use of adult stem cells for cardiac regeneration. He subsequently earned his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. He went on to complete residency in Internal Medicine and clinical fellowship in Cardiology at Northwestern University before doing postdoctoral research in the Division of Vascular Surgery at Northwestern. He began his postdoctoral research in the Burridge Lab in 2016, where he is continuing his interest in the development of cell-based therapeutics for cardiovascular disease.
Stewart is a medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He earned his A.B. in Chemical and Physical Biology from Harvard University. Before coming to Northwestern, he worked in Boston Children's Hospital and the Pasteur Institute in Paris.
Defne Egecioglu, PhD
Defne earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UCLA in 2009 with focus on yeast RNA processing and gene expression. Following postdoctoral studies on gene expression and positioning at Northwestern University, she joined the Burridge Lab in 2015 and is currently in training to become proficient in the regulatory field and clinical research.
Master of Science in Biotechnology Student
Michael has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech and is currently a student in the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program at Northwestern University. Michael is interested in learning about cell biology and bioreactors over the course of his research. He is working in the Burridge Lab for his Master’s research project where he is focusing on stem cell differentiation.
Marisol Romero Tejeda, AB
PhD Student (DGP)
Marisol is a PhD student in the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern. She received her A.B. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University. Before joining the Burridge lab, she worked as a technician at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.
Nadim Shereef, MTech
Masters in Technology Student
Nadim is a second year student of the Master of Biotechnology Program at Northwestern University. He has a M.Tech and B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U.), where he did his dissertation on single-use bioreactor design and CFD simulations. He is currently working on the scaling up of cardiomyocyte differentiation and purification.
Helen (Hui-Hsuan) Kuo
Helen obtained her B.S. in Biology and Nutritional Science from Purdue University in 2016. She is interested in expanding her laboratory skill set in the Burridge Lab.