• Meet the Lab

  • Other Lab Members

    Michael Patrick O’Connor, BS

    Research Assistant IV
    michael.oconnor@cchmc.org

    Mike is a graduate in chemistry of the University of Cincinnati. He plays a major role in molecular biochemical analysis of mitochondrial function and nuclear transcription. In addition, Mike has extensive expertise in primary cell biology, molecular biological cloning and functional nuclear pathway techniques.

    Vivian Wolfe, BS

    Research Assistant, IV
    vivian.xue@cchmc.org

    Vivian received her BS in “Analytical Chemistry” from the University of Shanghai, China in 1988. Vivian’s main role is developing and performing in vivo experimental models of lung injury, hemorrhagic shock and sepsis. Her expertise includes also cell biology techniques of protein expression.

    Laura Kitzmiller, MD


    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow
    laura.kitzmiller@cchmc.org

    Dr. Kitzmiller enrolled in the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship in 2013 after completing his residency in Pediatrics from Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome during sepsis. She is also testing novel therapeutic approaches to restore organ metabolic recovery and improve outcomes of severe infections.

    Dzmitry Matsiukevich, MD


    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow
    dzmitry.matsiukevich@cchmc.org

    Dr. Matsiukevich enrolled in the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship in 2014 after completing his residency in Pediatrics from the State University of New York. His research focuses on the role of mitochondrial damage in the development of myocardial depression in trauma and hemorrhagic shock. Dr. Matsiukevich is also testing novel therapeutic agents to prevent energy failure and protect the heart from ischemic injury.

    Itay Ayalon, MD


    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow
    itay.ayalon@cchmc.org

    Dr. Itay Ayalon enrolled in the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship in 2014 after completing his residency in Pediatrics from the Tel Aviv University in Israel. Under the co-mentorship of Drs. Zingarelli and Kaplan, Dr. Ayalon’s research focuses on the role of adipose tissue in the pathogenesis of dysmetabolism during sepsis.

    Meghan C. Nolan, MD


    General Surgery Resident
    meghan.nolan@cchmc.org

    Dr. Nolan enrolled in the General Surgery Residency program in 2012 after obtaining her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Under the co-mentorship of Drs. Zingarelli and Wong, Dr. Nolan is studying the pathophysiological mechanisms of intestinal infarction and peritonitis. Dr. Nolan is also testing novel therapeutic agents to restore gut barrier function by targeting matrix metallo-proteinases.

    Paul Kim, MD

    General Surgery Resident

    paul.kim@uc.edu

    Dr. Kim enrolled in the General Surgery Residency program in 2013 after obtaining his medical degree from the University of Iowa. Paul joined the research laboratory of Dr. Zingarelli in 2015. His research focuses on the age-dependent mechanisms of organ injury in trauma and hemorrhagic shock. Dr. Kim is also testing novel therapeutic agents to improve organ function after trauma by restoring mitochondrial biogenesis.

    Yu Inata, MD

    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow
    yu.inata@cchmc.org

    Dr. Inata enrolled in the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship in 2013 after completing his residency in Pediatrics from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of myocardial depression during sepsis. He is also testing novel therapeutic approaches to modulate mitochondrial biogenesis and autophagy and improve cardiac metabolic recovery.

    Satoshi Kikuchi, MD, PhD

    Visiting Professor
    satoshi.kikuchi@cchmc.org

    Dr. Kikuchi is a visiting professor from the University of Ehime, Japan. Dr. Kikuchi completed the residency in Emergency Medicine in 2004 and obtained his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology in 2014 from the University of Ehime, Japan. He joined Dr. Zingarelli’s laboratory in 2015. His research focuses on age-dependent mechanisms of inflammation and multiple organ failure during sepsis and hemorrhagic shock.