Our team

The Newton-Cheh laboratory is comprised of MD and PhD post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, research coordinators and medicine residents and cardiology fellows from the US and abroad. Skills of current lab members include computational biology, molecular biology, human patho-physiology and a general passion for translating the fruits of human genetics to an improved understanding of cardiovascular disease and development of novel therapies to reduce the burden of disease.  

Please click on pictures or names below or through the menu under Our Team above to read more about individual team members.



Chris Newton-Cheh, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator



Aaron Eisman, BS
Data Manager


Patricia Giunta, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator


Najim Lahrouchi, MD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow



Rina Romano, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator



Kaitlyn Sullivan, BS
Clinical research coordinator


Sara Vandenwijngaert, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Cecilia Varga
Research Intern


Newton-Cheh Lab Alumni: Where are they now?


Meredith Bradley, BS
Medical Student, Case Western Reserve University


Angie Cook
Senior Administrative Manager, Center for Genomic Medicine



Laurie Farrell, BS, RN
Project Manager, Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center



Marina Gago-Diaz, PhD
Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria
de Santiago de Compostela


Courtney Karol, BA
Medical Student, University of Arizona


Gulum Kosova, PhD
Senior Scientist, Clinical Pharmacogenetics
Merck Research Labs



Zachary Robbiano, BS
Medical Student, Albany Medical College


Mike Rosenberg, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine


Sabina Sayeed, BA
Medical Student,
Duke/National University of Singapore


J. Gustav Smith, MD, PhD
Faculty, Lund University



Niek Verweij, PhD
Scientist, University Medical Center Groningen


Connie Wu, PhD
Research Investigator, Novartis