• Meet the Yutzey Lab

    The Yutzey lab includes research assistants, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Lab personnel work on a variety of individual projects related to heart development and disease. All personnel are encouraged to publish their work and present their results at national and international scientific meetings. Former students have gone on to complete productive postdoctoral fellowships at Cincinnati Children's and other research institutions. Several of the lab’s postdoctoral fellows have gone on to build successful independent careers in academia and industry. 
  • Christina Alfieri headshot.
    Christina Alfieri headshot.

    Christina Alfieri

    Research Assistant IV
    Christina is working on regulation of heart valve development and disease.
    christina.alfieri@cchmc.org

    Christina Alfieri

    Caitlin Braitsch headshot.
    Caitlin Braitsch headshot.

    Caitlin Braitsch

    MDB Graduate Student
    Caitlin's research is on epicardial development and the generation of fibroblast diversity in the developing heart.
    caitlin.braitsch@cchmc.org

    Caitlin Braitsch

    Santanu Chakraborty headshot.
    Santanu Chakraborty headshot.

    Santanu Chakraborty

    Post-doctoral Research Associate
    Santanu's research is on heart valve maturation mechanisms and extracellular matrix remodeling.
    santanu.chakraborty@cchmc.org

    Santanu Chakraborty

    Jonathan Cheek headshot.
    Jonathan Cheek headshot.

    Jonathan Cheek

    Research Assistant III
    Jon is examining mouse models of valve development and disease.
    jonathan.cheek@cchmc.org

    Jonathan Cheek

    Angela Damen
    Angela Damen

    Angela Damen

    Graduate Student

    Angie is studying cardiac fibroblast lineage development and molecular mechanisms of cardiac fibrosis.

    Angie.Damen@cchmc.org

    Angela Damen

    Ming Fang Headshot.
    Ming Fang headshot.

    Ming Fang

    Graduate Student
    Ming is studying the role of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in heart valve development and disease.

    Ming Fang

    Vicky Gomez headshot.
    Vicky Gomez headshot.

    Vicky Gomez

    Graduate Student
    Vicky is studying the mechanisms of pathogenesis of Calcific Aortic Valve Calcification (CAVD) and testing potential therapeutic targets to provide a pharmacologic-based treatment for the prevention and/or inhibition of CAVD.

    Vicky Gomez

    Mary Horn headshot.
    Mary Horn headshot.

    Mary Horn

    MDB Graduate Student
    Mary is studying transcriptional regulatory networks in cardiac mesenchymal cells.
    mary.horn@cchmc.org

    Mary Horn

    Alexia Hulin
    Alexia Hulin

    Alexia Hulin

    Post-doctoral Fellow
    Alexia is studying molecular mechanisms of myxomatous heart valve disease.
    Alexia.Hulin@cchmc.org

    Alexia Hulin

    Cameron Ingram
    Cameron Ingram

    Cameron Ingram

    Biomedical Engineering Co-op student, University of Cincinnati
    Cameron is examining biomechanical and molecular mechanisms of calcific aortic valve disease.
    Cameron.Ingram@cchmc.org

    Cameron Ingram

    Arunima Sengupta headshot.
    Arunima Sengupta headshot.

    Arunima Sengupta

    Post-doctoral Research Associate
    Arunima is studying the role of FOXO proteins in cardiomyocyte proliferation and growth in development and disease.
    arunima.sengupta@cchmc.org

    Arunima Sengupta

    Elaine Wirrig headshot.
    Elaine Wirrig headshot.

    Elaine Wirrig

    Post-doctoral Research Associate
    Elaine is studying molecular mechanisms of heart valve disease in humans and mice.
    elaine.wirrig@cchmc.org

    Elaine Wirrig

  • Previous Lab Members

    Michelle Combs
    Post-doctoral Fellow
    Washington University St. Louis-Robert Meacham lab

    Heather Evans-Anderson
    Assistant Professor of Biology
    Winthrop University, Rock Hill SC

    Alexander Lange
    Post-doctoral Research Associate
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center- Jeff Whitsett Lab

    Joy Lincoln
    Associate Professor, Center of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research
    Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

    Timothy Mead
    Post-doctoral Fellow
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute-Veronique Lefebvre Lab

    TJ Plageman
    Assistant Professor
    College of Optometry, The Ohio State University

    Elaine Shelton
    Research Assistant Professor
    Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University

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