Jo A. Ayala, BS
Processing Laboratory Manager
Jo 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
Adriana 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.
Katherine Jerger, BS
Katherine Jerger is the laboratory manager for Oregon SUDS at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and maintains the Oregon SUDS biobank (DNA, blood, plasma and tissue samples).
Ronald Mariani, EMT-P
Ronald 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
Eloi Marijon is a visiting faculty scientist and postdoctoral research fellow in the Chugh Lab working on mechanisms of ventricular arrhythmias from the Oregon SUDS. He is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist from the Georges Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.
Kumar Narayanan, MD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Kumar Narayanan is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Chugh Lab 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.
Kyndaron Reinier, PhD, MPH
Kyndaron Reinier is a research scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and lead epidemiologist for the Oregon SUDS, who 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.
Carmen Teodorescu, MD, PhD
Carmen Teodorescu is a project scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of pulseless electrical activity.
Audrey Uy-Evanado, MD
Audrey 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 SUDS.