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Dr. Kahraman Tanriverdi is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Tanriverdi received his PhD and MS in Biochemistry from Cukurova University Medical School in Adana, Turkey and his BS in Biology from Cukurova University School of Science in Adana, Turkey. He joined Dr. Freedman’s group as a Research Associate in 2003 and became an Instructor of Medicine in 2007 at Boston University School of Medicine. He became an Assistant Professor in 2009 at Boston University and in 2011 moved to University of Massachusetts Medical School where he established the High-Throughput Gene Expression & Biomarker Core Laboratory with Dr. Freedman. Dr. Tanriverdi became an Associate Professor in 2016. Dr. Tanriverdi’s research is focused on the regulation of pathways contributing to atherothrombotic disease and their contribution to acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Tanriveri also studies extracellular RNAs and their role in complex diseases. 


Dr. Milka Koupenova  is an Instructor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Koupenova 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 for her postdoctoral training in 2011 and became a junior faculty in 2016. Dr. Koupenova's research is focused on the contribution of platelets to the immune response during viral infections and the consequent implication of that response to cardiovascular disease. Dr. Koupenova is also interested in the sex differences of platelet immunity and implications of viral infections to platelet production. Dr. Koupenova is a 2015 recipient of the Translational Research Training Award from ASH & EHA and is a finalist for the 2018 Kenneth M. Brinkhous Young Investigator Award in Thrombosis by the AHA. Dr. Koupenova is currently receiving grant support from the AHA.



Dr. Marzieh Mirhashemi is an AHA SFRN postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Mirhashemi recieved her PhD from the University College Dublin and joined Dr. Freedman's laboratory in 2017. She is focusing on identifying metabolic abnormalities in platelets as a result of obesity, and preclinical markers for heart failure utilizing data and samples from various clinical and cohort studies. Dr. Mirhashemi’s interests are gene expression and cardiac remodeling.



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. 


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.