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  • Melissa Salm

    Melissa Salm

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases

    Bio Melissa Salm is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Bio.Polis Initiative of Stanford University where she works under the mentorship of Megan Palmer and David Relman. Salm's training is both international and interdisciplinary: she earned her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California, Davis; a MA in Critical & Creative Analysis from the Sociology Department at the University of London - Goldsmiths College; and a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. In support of her doctoral dissertation, Salm conducted sixteen months of multi-sited fieldwork across Peru to examine how infectious disease epidemiologists mobilized the 'One Health' approach to study various endemic zoonoses. Her research was funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center, and she received a GloCal Health Fellowship to conduct a qualitative study identifying the definitions, practices, and visions of 'global health' among PI's in Latin America and the Caribbean compared to those of PI's in North America. While at Stanford, Salm's research will focus on conceptualizations of risk, biosafety practices, and ethical debates around the biosecurity stakes of gain-of-function research with viral pathogens.

  • Nilotpal Sanyal

    Nilotpal Sanyal

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biomedical Informatics

    Bio Nilotpal Sanyal completed his PhD in Statistics from University of Missouri, Columbia with dissertation titled 'Bayesian fMRI data analysis and Bayesian optimal design'. He worked in the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata for a year as visiting scientist following which he started his postdoctoral career in USA by joining Texas A&M University as a postdoctoral associate working on high-dimensional variable selection methods. Later, he joined the Radiology department at the University of California, San Diego as a postdoctoral scholar working on Genome wide association study (GWAS) analysis. Currently, he is a postdoctoral scholar in the Biomedical Informatics division under the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University. Presently, his research topics include gene by environment interaction analysis in case-control studies and screening strategies for lung cancer.

  • Ashish Sarraju

    Ashish Sarraju

    Clinical Scholar, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

    Bio Chief Fellow, Stanford Cardiovascular Medicine: 2020-present
    American Heart Association SFRN Postdoctoral Fellow, Heart Health Technology Center at the Stanford Center for Digital Health, 2020-present
    General Cardiology Fellow, Stanford Cardiovascular Medicine, 2018-present
    Chief Resident, Stanford Internal Medicine: 2017-2018
    Resident/Intern, Stanford Internal Medicine: 2014-2017

    Interests: Cardiovascular disease prevention; Health disparities; Digital health & health tech innovation to implementation; Clinical trials

  • Anuja Anand Sathe

    Anuja Anand Sathe

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oncology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am interested in understanding the determinants of therapeutic resistance in cancer. I investigate the composition of the tumor microenvironment and adaptive responses to therapy using single-cell RNA sequencing.

  • Joseph Schroers-Martin

    Joseph Schroers-Martin

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Oncology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Medical heme/onc focused on molecular cancer diagnostics and novel biomarkers.

  • Megha Shankar

    Megha Shankar

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Primary Care and Outcomes Research

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Shankar's scholarly work focuses on social justice and women's health, including postpartum transitions to primary care, reproductive justice, racial justice, and medical education. She is interested in mixed-methods research with a qualitative focus. She works with the VA Women's Health Evaluation Initiative and the Presence 5 Research Team. Her teaching experience involves health disparities, medical anthropology, women's health, refugee health, (dis)ability, and intersectionality.

  • Disha Sharma

    Disha Sharma

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine

    Bio I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Thomas Quertermous at Stanford University. I have joined the lab with more than 7 years of research experience in the field of computational biology wherein I have worked with multi-omics data for multiple diseases to get a deeper understanding of the disease identification and progression.
    My background in engineering and bioinformatics provide an excellent background for the studies proposed in this application, which proposes to investigate the genetics and genomics of smooth muscle cell biology in the context of vascular disease. I first pursued a Bachelor's in Biotechnology program at one of the premier institutes in India, Banasthali Vidyapeeth and received my degree in 2007. After qualifying with the IIT-JAM exam in 2010, I joined the Master?s in Science (Biotechnology) program at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in a program of engineering and technology. After my Master's, I joined Dr. Vinod Scaria?s lab at CSIR-IGIB as a Project Fellow. During the tenure as Project fellow from 2012-2014, I had the opportunity to work with different transcriptomics data from model organisms including zebrafish, rat and human cell lines to understand the role of long non-coding RNAs and miRNAs. I also worked on clinical datasets of autoimmune disorders. With one and half years of research experience and a UGC fellowship awarded through the NET-JRF examination, I continued working with Dr. Vinod Scaria to pursue my PhD. My research interest for the degree focused on the identification and characterization of circular RNAs, and this work has now been published in multiple manuscripts listed below. Over the years at CSIR-IGIB, I have had the chance to work on interesting ideas with multiple collaborating groups. One of them was Dr. Sridhar Sivasubbu, with whom I worked to understand the transcript-level interactions between mitochondria and the nucleus, using zebrafish as a model organism.
    In view of my interest in the translational aspects of biology, I obtained the opportunity to work as part of the GUaRDIAN Consortium with Dr. Vinod Scaria and Dr. Sridhar Sivasubbu at CSIR-IGIB. This pioneering project is the largest network of researchers and clinicians in India pursuing sequencing patient DNAs to identify rare SNVs and structural variants responsible for muscular dystrophy in these patients. In the interest of advancing genomics in clinical and healthcare settings, I was selected as Intel Fellow 2019 to work for the Intel-IGIB collaboration focussing on ?Accelerating Clinical Analysis and Interpretation of Genomic Data through advanced tools/libraries?. Our project was selected among top 3 from 50 premier research institutes and I was awarded the Intel-India Fellowship for a year to pursue this project. I was also part of the core team of IndiGen (Genomes for Public Health in India). With the spread of COVID-19 around the world, our group contributed by sequencing and analysing COVID19 genomes to get a better understanding of the disease and I had the opportunity to be part of the core team to analyse the viral sequencing datasets and viral assembly.
    I am extremely pleased to have joined the Quertermous lab at Stanford to the study of the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. Work that I am pursuing in this laboratory, and proposed in this application, are directly in line with my personal aspiration to start an independent career in the field of scientific research to work on projects with high translational value and of interest to the public health.

  • Gulshan Singh

    Gulshan Singh

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gastroenterology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My current research interest is to understand the host-microbial pathways in intestinal inflammation. I am working to explore cellular heterogeneity at single immune cell level in systemic and local regions of the intestine that are associated with different Inflammatory bowel disease conditions.

  • Ashley Rene Styczynski

    Ashley Rene Styczynski

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Infectious Diseases

    Bio Ashley Styczynski, MD, MPH, is an infectious disease fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine with research interests in epidemiology, global health, emerging infections, and antimicrobial resistance. She holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MD from University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to coming to Stanford for her infectious disease fellowship, she spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During her time as an EIS officer, Ashley conducted outbreak investigations on Zika virus, vaccinia virus, and rabies. She is currently conducting research on antimicrobial resistance, transmission of COVID-19, and interventions to reduce nosocomial infections within low-resource healthcare facilities.

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