Lab Members

Betty Chang, MS

Research Associate and Lab Manager Email: betty.chang@cshs.org

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Betty Chang earned her master’s degree from the Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei, Taiwan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Riverside. Chang performed graduate work in the Jeng-Jong Hwang Laboratory at National Yang-Ming University, and was research assistant at Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences as well as in the Wyss-Coray Laboratory at Stanford University.

Harshita Chodavarapu, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow Email: harshita.chodavarapu@cshs.org

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Harshita Chodavarapu, PhD, received her doctorate from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She earned her master's degree in pharmacology and toxicology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and her bachelor's degree in pharmacy from St. Peter's Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kakatiya University in Warangal, India. Chodavarapu has received many awards and fellowships including the American Heart Association Greater Southeast Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowship (2014-2015); American Physiological Society's Endocrinology & Metabolism Section, Mead Johnson Research Award (2014), and American Physiological Society's Endocrinology and Metabolism Section, Research Recognition Award (2017).

Predrag Jovanovic, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow Email: predrag.jovanovic@cshs.org

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Predrag Jovanovic, PhD, earned his doctorate and his master's degree in biology from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He studied the effects of oxytocin on the sympathomedullary system and the heart of chronically isolated rats.

Linda Cambier, PhD

Project Scientist Email: linda.cambier@cshs.org

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Linda Cambier, PhD, earned her doctorate from the University of Montpelier 2, France. Her thesis research was on the characterization of novel mitochondrial proteins during skeletal muscle differentiation. She then joined the lab of Mohammad Pashmforoush, MD, PhD, at the University of Southern California as a postdoctoral fellow to study the implication of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in heart development. Cambier then joined the lab of Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to study the role of exosomal Y RNA on heart regeneration. Her current research in the Riera Laboratory is focusing on the distal cell communication in diabetes progression via exosomes among key organs, especially the heart.