Lab Members

Processing Laboratory Manager Jo A. Ayala

Jo A. Ayala, BS

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

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Ayala manages the core processing laboratory for the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study 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.
Research Scientist Adriana Huertas Vazquez

Adriana Huertas Vazquez, PhD

Research Scientist Email: adriana.huertasvazquez@cshs.org

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Huertas Vazquez is a research scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Her main research focus is the identification and characterization of genetic variation influencing susceptibility to sudden cardiac death.
Laboratory Manager Katherine Jerger

Katherine Jerger, BS

Laboratory Manager Email: katherine.jerger@cshs.org

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Jerger is the laboratory manager for Oregon Sudden Unexpected Deaths Study (Oregon SUDS) at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and maintains the Oregon SUDS biobank (DNA, blood, plasma and tissue samples).
Research Associate Ronald Mariani, EMT-P

Ronald Mariani, EMT-P

Research Associate Email: ronald.mariani@cshs.org

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Mariani 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.
Visiting Faculty Scientist Eloi Marijon, MD

Eloi Marijon, MD

Visiting Faculty Scientist Email: eloi.marijon@cshs.org

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Marijon is a visiting faculty scientist and postdoctoral research fellow in the Chugh Laboratory working on mechanisms of ventricular arrhythmias from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Deaths Study. He is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist from the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Kumar Narayanan

Kumar Narayanan, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Email: kumar.narayanan@cshs.org

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Narayanan is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Chugh Laboratory working on algorithms to improve clinical risk stratification for sudden cardiac death. He is a faculty cardiologist visiting from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.
Research Scientist Kyndaron Reinier

Kyndaron Reinier, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist Email: kyndaron.reinier@cshs.org

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Reinier is a research scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and lead epidemiologist for the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study. 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 Teodorescu

Carmen Teodorescu, MD, PhD

Project Scientist Email: carmen.teodorescu@cshs.org

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Teodorescu is a project scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of pulseless electrical activity.
Research Associate Audrey Uy-Evanado, MD

Audrey Uy-Evanado, MD

Research Associate Email: audrey.evanado@cshs.org

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Uy-Evanado 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.