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Lab Members

Rui Zhang, MD
Project Scientist I

Rui Zhang, MD, has almost two decades of experience in cardiac cell isolation, single cell patch clamp and fluorescence imaging, laser scanning confocal imaging, voltage and calcium mapping, maintenance of multiple mouse colonies, immunohistochemistry and DNA analysis. Zhang serves as laboratory manager.

Adina Hazan, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Adina Hazan, PhD, completed her doctorate at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. During this time, she investigated the biophysical properties of pain receptors through single-cell electrophysiology, live-cell calcium imaging and molecular and cellular biology. Hazan is currently using these techniques to characterize the molecular basis of cardiac automaticity in isolated pacemaker cells from the heart.

Xiaokang Wu, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Xiaokang Wu, MD, PhD, earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Sichuan University after which she completed her medical degree and doctorate in clinical medicine at the West China Medical College in Chengdu. Wu received an award from the prestigious China Scholarship Council to study at University of California, San Diego. She comes to the Goldhaber Lab with expertise in gene editing and gene therapy in animal models as well as cardiosphere-derived cell-based therapy. Wu is currently interested in studies to understand the cellular abnormalities in hearts of patients and animals with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. 

Joice Thomas Gavali, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Joice Thomas Gavali, PhD, earned her doctorate in pharmacology at the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV-IPN) in Mexico. Her graduate studies focused on regulation by reactive oxygen species of store operated calcium release in adult rat cardiomyocytes preconditioned with diazoxide. 

Devina Gonzalez, BA
Research Associate

Devina Gonzalez completed her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a minor in psychology at Smith College. She has an extensive background in neuroscience and general laboratory skills including polymerase chain reaction, immunoblot, spectroscopy and animal handling. 

Dana Kramer, MPA
Research Administrative Services Associate

Dana Kramer earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Gannon University before moving to Cedars-Sinai and the Smidt Heart Institute. She manages the Goldhaber Lab as well as the Smidt Heart Institute T32 Training Program for Postdoctoral Sciences and the Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai.

Contact the Goldhaber Lab

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Davis Building, Room 2058
Los Angeles, CA 90048