Jo A. Ayala, BS
Processing Laboratory Manager
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.
Adriana Huertas Vazquez, PhD
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.
Ronald Mariani, EMT-P
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.
Eloi Marijon, MD
Visiting Faculty Scientist
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.
Kumar Narayanan, MD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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.
Daniel A. Perez
Biobank Laboratory Manager
Perez is the research assistant and biobank laboratory manager 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 the research study coordinator for the expanding network of study sites.
Kyndaron Reinier, PhD, MPH
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.
Audrey Uy-Evanado, MD
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.
Carmen Teodorescu, MD, PhD
Teodorescu is a project scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of pulseless electrical activity.