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 a founding faculty member of the Center for Pharmacogenomics, and a member of the Center for Genetic Medicine, the Lurie Cancer Center, the Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal 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 before pursuing postdoctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University in Pediatric Oncology and then at Stanford University in Cardiology before becoming an Instructor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford. For more than 15 years, Dr. Burridge has worked on the applications of human pluripotent stem cells (both hESC and hiPSC), concentrating on culture and differentiation methodologies, regenerative medicine, and 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. In 2016 Dr. Burridge was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association in Genomic and Precision Medicine.
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Ansel Philip Amaral, MD, PhD
Clinical Research Fellow
Ansel earned his PhD in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology from the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. His thesis work focused on the role of growth factors in the development of left ventricular hypertrophy. He was a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) and after completion of medical school, he was accepted to the Physician Scientist Training Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Ansel has completed residency in Internal Medicine and is currently a clinical fellow in Cardiology. He will begin his postdoctoral research in the Burridge Lab in the summer of 2018, where he will focus on elucidating targets for intervention in non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.
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.
Deborah Sung, MD
Clinical Research Fellow
Deborah earned her MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine and went on to complete her residency and chief resident year in Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is currently a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She joined the Burridge Lab in 2017 and is interested in the application of precision medicine in cardiovascular disease.
Hui-Hsuan (Helen) Kuo, BS
Helen obtained her BS in Biology and Nutritional Science from Purdue University in 2016. She is interested in expanding her laboratory skill set in the Burridge Lab.
K. Ashley Fetterman, BA
PhD Student (DGP)
Training: Ashley is a PhD student in the Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) at Northwestern. She received her BA in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College. Before joining the Burridge lab, she worked in drug discovery and clinical research. She is focusing on cardiomyocyte subtype specification and maturation in the Burridge lab.
Xiaozhi (Kevin) Gao, BS
Master Student (MBP)
Kevin received his BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is currently a student in the Master of Biotechnology Program at Northwestern University. His research interest is in stem cell differentiation optimization and disease modeling.
Michael Orman, BS
Master of Science in Biotechnology Student
Michael has a BS 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.
Emily Pinheiro, BA
MD/PhD Student (MSTP)
Emily is an MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program and Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the Burridge lab, she worked in clinical research with a focus on pharmacotherapy for pregnant women.
Marisol Romero Tejeda, AB
PhD Student (DGP)
Marisol is a PhD student in the Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) at Northwestern University. She received her AB 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.
Mohammed Nooruddin, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator
Mohammed Nooruddin earned his BS in Biology from Loyola University Chicago in 2014. Prior to joining the Department of Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, he worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago and the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Mohammed is currently involved in managing multiple clinical research projects and is interested in pursuing medical school. He aspires to play a key role in Precision Medicine with a focus on Cardiovascular Pharmacogenomics.