Lab Members

Aapo Aro, MD, PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow Email: aapo.aro@cshs.org

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Aapo Aro, MD, PhD, is a visiting postdoctoral fellow and cardiologist from Finland. His research interests focus on identifying electrical mechanisms with a view to improving prediction of sudden cardiac death.

Processing Laboratory Manager Jo A. Ayala

Jo A. Ayala, BS

Processing Laboratory Manager Email: jo.navarro@cshs.org

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Jo A. Ayala, BS, is a research associate and manages the core biobank processing laboratory for the Oregon SUDS in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a minor in chemistry.

Navid Darouian, MD

Medical Resident Email: navid.darouian@cshs.org

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Navid Darouian, MD, is an internal medicine resident at Cedars-Sinai and a member of the research team in the Chugh Lab. His area of focus is on electrocardiographic findings in the sudden cardiac death population.

Research Associate Ronald Mariani, EMT-P

Ronald Mariani, EMT-P

Research Associate Email: ronald.mariani@cshs.org

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Ronald Mariani, EMT-P, is a research associate at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. As a retired fire paramedic and captain in the Portland Fire Bureau, he functions as liaison to the collaborating Emergency Medical Services agencies and the Oregon State Medical Examiner Office. He also maintains current protocols with the participating Oregon hospital IRBs.

Sharon Mariani

Research Assistant

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Sharon Mariani coordinates and manages the recruitment and sample procurement process of the study participants and oversees administrative aspects.

Hripsime Martirosyan, MD, MPH

Clinical Research Associate Email: hripsime.martirosyan@cshs.org

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Hripsime Martirosyan, MD, MPH, is a clinical research associate at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She is a medical doctor from Armenia with training and experience in public health and clinical research. She is coordinating implementation of the PRESTO study in Ventura County.

Daniel A. Perez, BS

Biobank Laboratory Manager Email: daniel.perez2@cshs.org

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Daniel A. Perez, BS, is the research assistant and biobank coordinator for the Chugh Lab at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute where he maintains the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Deaths Study (Oregon SUDS) biobank of DNA, blood, plasma and tissue samples. He is also actively involved in coordinating the PRESTO study in Ventura County. Perez joined the Chugh Lab in 2014 and came with a background in molecular biology and genomics.

Derek Phan, MD

Medical Resident Email: derek.phan@cshs.org

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Derek Phan, MD, is an internal medicine resident involved in research in the Chugh Lab at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Riverside and medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles. Phan is currently involved in looking at electrocardiography predictors of sudden cardiac death in the lab.

Research Scientist Kyndaron Reinier

Kyndaron Reinier, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist Email: kyndaron.reinier@cshs.org

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Kyndaron Reinier, PhD, MPH, is a research scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and lead epidemiologist for the Oregon SUDS. She received her doctorate in epidemiology and Master of Public Health at the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health. Her research interests include social, demographic, and clinical predictors of sudden cardiac arrest.

Project Scientist Carmen Rusinaru

Carmen A. Rusinaru, MD, PhD

Project Scientist Email: carmen.rusinaru@cshs.org

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Carmen Rusinaru, MD, PhD, is a project scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She is a physician from Romania with a doctorate degree in nutrition science from Auburn University and a graduate certificate in clinical research from Oregon Health and Science University. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of pulseless electrical activity.

Arayik Sargsyan, MD, MPH

Clinical Research Associate Email: arayik.sargsyan@cshs.org

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Arayik Sargsyan, MD, MPH, is a Clinical Research Associate at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. He is a surgeon from Armenia with training and experience in public health and clinical research. He is coordinating implementation of PRESTO in Ventura County.

Research Associate Audrey Uy-Evanado, MD

Audrey Uy-Evanado, MD

Research Associate Email: audrey.evanado@cshs.org

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Audrey Uy-Evanado, MD, is a cardiologist and research associate at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She leads the patient recruitment and phenotyping efforts for the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study.