Lab Members

Michela Ottolia, PhD

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Ottolia is a world-renowned expert in the structure and function of cellular transporters including the sodium-calcium exchanger. She utilizes the giant patch system in Xenopus oocytes expressing designer protein mutations, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy in oocytes and mammalian cells, and other cellular physiology techniques including patch clamp and total internal reflectance fluorescence microscopy (TIRF).

Angelo Torrente, PhD

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Torrente received his PhD in the laboratory of Matteo Mangoni in Montpelier, France. He is an expert in the physiology of the sinoatrial node, and its response to genetic and pharmacologic manipulation of calcium channels and sodium-calcium exchange.

Nidhi Kapoor, PhD

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Kapoor received her PhD in the laboratory of Kathrin Banach at Loyola University Chicago. Kapoor is an expert in calcium signaling in cardiomyocytes, embryonic stem cell derived cardiomyocyte physiology and transcription factor driven transdifferentiation of ventricular myocytes to pacemaker cells.

Rui Zhang, MD

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Zhang is an expert in cardiac cell isolation, single cell patch clamp and fluorescence imaging, laser scanning confocal imaging, maintenance of multiple mouse colonies, immunohistochemistry and DNA analysis.

Brian Y. Kim, MS

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Kim completed his bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and then earned his master's degree at the University of California, Irvine. With a background in molecular and cellular biology, he has extensive experience in conducting a wide array of assays and techniques, and has worked with many models, including mice, tissue cultures and viruses.

Audrey Zaini

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Zaini is a senior at UCLA and is the very first Cedars-Sinai work-study student from UCLA.

Xin Yue

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Yue is a PhD student from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. A scholarship recipient from the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), she came to Cedars-Sinai to further her education. Her research background has been mainly on cardiac ion channels, such as sodium channels, and now she primarily concentrates on conducting NCX (sodium-calcium exchanger) experiments under Dr. Goldhaber's supervision.

Heidy Wang, BS

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Wang recently graduated from Swarthmore College with a Biology major and an Art History minor. She is a Research Intern in the Goldhaber Lab and has extensive experience in tissue harvesting, genotyping, immunochemistry and other molecular biology techniques.
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