• Meet the Lab

    Ours is a multicultural laboratory of students, postdoctoral fellows and staff from across the globe, in which we develop productive scientific creativity. With a focus on career progression, we provide a rich scientific environment surrounded by remarkable core support and institutional resources.

  • Max J. Bergmann, BS
    Max J. Bergmann, BS

    Max J. Bergmann, BS

    Technician

    Max Bergman received his B.S. in Microbiology from The Ohio State University in 2012. He is currently working as a laboratory technician and seeking to further his research experience while preparing for advanced studies in medical sciences.

    Max J. Bergmann

    Michael S. Burhans, MS
    Michael S. Burhans, MS

    Michael S. Burhans, MS

    Lab Manager

    Mike Burhans holds a Masters in Biomedical Science. He has worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for much longer than anyone else in the lab.

    Michael S. Burhans

    Allison A. Dixon, BS
    Allison A. Dixon, BS

    Allison A. Dixon, BS

    Graduate Student (Rotation)

    Allison Dixon received her B.S. in 2012 from Bellarmine University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Allison is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

    Allison A. Dixon

    Fadia A. Kamal, PhD
    Fadia A. Kamal, PhD

    Fadia A. Kamal, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Fadia A. Kamal received her Ph.D. in Cell Physiology at Niigata University, Japan 2010, in addition to her PharmD from Beirut Arab University. Fadia currently studies the therapeutic potential of small molecule G-protein inhibitors in

    Fadia A. Kamal

    Michael A. Petrany
    Michael A. Petrany

    Michael A. Petrany

    Undergraduate Student

    Michael Petrany is an undergraduate student at Xavier University, Class of 2014, pursuing degrees in biology and philosophy with minors in chemistry and German. He joined the Blaxall lab in January 2013 and is working in Summer 2013 as a SURF student sponsored by the American Heart Association.

    Michael A. Petrany

    Rashmi Ram, PhD
    Rashmi Ram, PhD

    Rashmi Ram, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Rashmi Ram has a clinical cardiovascular surgery background as a Physician Assistant and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Her current research focuses on the role of mammalian enabled (Mena), a critical regulator of actin dynamics in cardiac structure, function and conduction.

    Rashmi Ram

    Emily M. Schulz, PhD
    Emily M. Schulz, PhD

    Emily M. Schulz, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Emily Schulz received her Ph.D. in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2012. She is currently studying the therapeutic potential of inhibiting dual-specificity kinases in pathological cardiac intercellular communication.

    Emily M. Schulz

    Joshua A. Travers, BS
    Joshua A. Travers, BS

    Joshua A. Travers, BS

    Graduate Student

    Joshua Travers received his B.S. in Biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Cincinnati where he is investigating the role of small molecule Gβγ inhibition in cardiac fibroblasts, fibrosis and remodeling.

    Joshua A. Travers

  • Blaxall Lab group photo.

    Blaxall Lab