Freedman Laboratory: Faculty and Research Members

 Freedman   

Dr. Jane E. Freedman is a Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, attends in the Division of Cardiology and is Director of Translational Research for the UMass Memorial Heart & Vascular Center.  Dr. Freedman graduated from YaleUniversity, Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed residency and cardiology fellowship at the Massachusetts GeneralHospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, respectively.  Dr. Freedman has received young investigator awards from both the AHA and the ACC, was been elected to the A.S.C.I. and the A.U.C., and is an Associate Editor for CirculationThe major research initiatives in Dr. Freedman’s laboratory emphasize the regulation of pathways contributing to atherothrombotic disease and how these factors contribute to acute coronary syndromes.  She oversees two research programs; the first is a basic science laboratory that examines the role of immunity, infection, and inflammation on atherothrombotic disease.  The second facility uses high-throughput, nano-chip, and RNAseq technologies to study gene expression and provide translational data for a wide range of projects and has measured gene expression in thousands of clinical samples for dozens of studies.  Dr. Freedman is on the Steering Committee for the Framingham Heart Studies SABRe biomarker project and the Principal Investigator for two (UH2/UH3 and U01) NIH Common Fund Studies investigating the role of extracellular RNAs in human populations and disease.

   
 Clancy  

Lauren Clancy is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Translational Science program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She received her BA in Biology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2005. After working for several years in the biotechnology industry, she returned to academia in 2011 to pursue her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She joined Dr. Freedman’s lab in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the spring of 2012. Her research interests are focused on the role of platelet RNA transfer in vascular homeostasis and its translational application to cardiovascular disease.

 

Heather Corkrey is a Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She received her MS in Animal Science from the University of California, Davis, and her BS in Animal Science from Cornell University. With experience in both academia and industry, she joined Dr. Freedman’s group in January of 2016.

 

Dr. Milka Koupenova-Zamor is a Postdoctoral Associate at University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Koupenova-Zamor received her PhD in Biochemistry from Boston University, MA and her BS in Biochemistry from University of California Los Angeles, CA.  She joined Dr. Freedman’s group in September of 2011. Her interest is focused on the contribution of platelets to the immune response during viral infections and the consequent implication of that response to cardiovascular disease.

 

Evangelia Malahias, BS
Research Associate, Department of Medicine

 

 

Co-Director:
Kahraman Tanriverdi, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Vitzeva

 

Dr. Olga Vitseva is a Research Associate at University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from Institute of Basic Biological Problems, Russian Academia of Science. She has been a longstanding member of Dr. Freedman’s laboratory. Her research interest is focused on the role of platelets in inflammatory responses. 

       
Lea Beaulieu
Lea Beaulieu, PhD
Instructor, Department of Medicine                           
lea.beaulieu@umassmed.edu
   
       
 Ekaterina Mikhalev Ekaterina Mikhalev, BS
Research Associate, Department of Medicine                      
ekaterina.mikhalev@umassmed.edu

 

   
       
Hyungjoo Kang Hyung-Joo Kang, MS
Biostatistician III, Department of Medicine                      
hyung-joo.kang@umassmed.edu