Jonathan A. Kirk, PhD
Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Jonathan received his B.S. in Bioengineering at Washington State University (Go Cougs!), his Ph.D. in Bioengineering at University of Pittsburgh (Go Panthers), and his post-doctoral training in the division of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (go... blue jays, I think).
Marisa Stachowski, M.S.
Education: B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.S. from Southeastern Louisiana University
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of heart disease at the sarcomere level. Translational research.
Hobbies: Binge watching medical dramas
Fun fact: One time Marisa ate a Hungryman Family Size Portion of salisbury steak by herself in one sitting.
Mary Papadaki, Ph.D.
Education: BSc, MRes, Ph.D. at Imperial College London
Research Interests: Diabetes and heart failure
Hobbies: Running, eating, going to the beach
Fun fact: Before science, Mary wanted to become a theater producer!
Education: B.S. in Biology from Madona University
Research Interests: Role of Bcl2-associated athanogene (BAG3) in the cardiac myofilament.
Hobbies: Running, reading.
Fun fact: Tommy is ambidextrous.
Nitha Aima Muntu
Graduate Student (MS)
Education: B.S. in Microbiology from Washington State University
Research Interests: A little bit of everything at the moment
Hobbies: Hiking, exploring new places, and cooking.
Fun fact: Nitha likes "experimenting" with cooking.
Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from Webster University
Research Interests: TBD
Hobbies: Hiking and traveling, cooking, videogames and tabletop games, and reading.
Fun fact: Christine always restarts from her last save in Skyrim whenever her dog companion, Meeko, meets an untimely end.
Hasitha Manohar, MD
CVRI Research Fellow
Education: Residency from Saint Peter's University Hospital/Rutgers University; MD from Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal, India; MBBS from Dr. MGR State Medical University, Tamil Nadu, India
Research Interests: Cardio-Oncology
Hobbies: Swimming, dancing, traveling
Fun fact: In reviewing the times Hasitha missed flights, they were times when she was ready super early for the flight.
Education: B.A. in Biology from University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Pharmacological Modulation of Sarcomere Function
Hobbies: Teaching ballet, cooking, trying new restaurants
Fun fact: Therese has a cat named Cleo that loves to play fetch.
Lab Manager and Research Technician
Education: B.S. in Biopsychology from University of California, Santa Barbara
Research Interests: TBD
Hobbies: Snowboarding, camping, and crochet.
Fun fact: Michaela has seen over 60 artists live in concert.