Meet the Staff

Jane Freedman

Dr. Jane E. Freedman, MD (Co-Director) is a Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, attends in the Division of Cardiology and is Director of Translational Research for the UMass Memorial Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Freedman graduated from Yale University, Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed residency and cardiology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, respectively.  Dr. Freedman has received young investigator awards from both the AHA and the ACC, was been elected to the A.S.C.I. and the A.U.C., and is an Associate Editor for Circulation. The major research initiatives in Dr. Freedman’s laboratory emphasize the regulation of pathways contributing to atherothrombotic disease and how these factors contribute to acute coronary syndromes.  She oversees two research programs; the first is a basic science laboratory that examines the role of immunity, infection, and inflammation on atherothrombotic disease.  The second facility uses high-throughput, nano-chip, and RNAseq technologies to study gene expression and provide translational data for a wide range of projects and has measured gene expression in thousands of clinical samples for dozens of studies.  Dr. Freedman is on the Steering Committee for the Framingham Heart Studies SABRe biomarker project and the Principal Investigator for two (UH2/UH3 and U01) NIH Common Fund Studies investigating the role of extracellular RNAs in human populations and disease.

jane.freedman@umassmed.edu

 
 
Co-Director:
Kahraman Tanriverdi, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
kahraman.tanriverdi@umassmed.edu
   
       
Olga Vitseva


Dr. Olga Vitseva, PhD
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. Her research interest is focused on the role of platelets in inflammatory responses.

olga.vitseva@umassmed.edu

   
       
Lauren Clancy


Lauren Clancy, BA
is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Translational Science program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She received her BA in Biology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2005. After working for several years in the biotechnology industry, she returned to academia in 2011 to pursue her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She joined Dr. Freedman’s lab in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the spring of 2012. Her research interests are focused on the role of platelet RNA transfer in vascular homeostasis and its translational application to cardiovascular disease.

lauren.clancy@umassmed.edu

   
       
Milka Koupenova-Zamor

Dr. Milka Koupenova-Zamor, PhD is a Postdoctoral Associate at University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Koupenova-Zamor 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 in September of 2011. Her interest is focused on the contribution of platelets to the immune response during viral infections and the consequent implication of that response to cardiovascular disease.

milka.koupenova-zamor@umassmed.edu

   
       
Ekaterina Mikhalev


Ekaterina Mikhalev, BS is a Research Associate at University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She recieved her BS in Pre-Veterinary studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests focus on learning novel lab technologies and mastering new techniques and instruments. Besides science, Ekaterina also enjoys pencil drawing.

ekaterina.mikhalev@umassmed.edu

   
       
Evangelia Malahias

Evangelia Malahias, BS is a Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She received her B.S. degree at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is experienced with Small RNA Library preparation for Next-Generation Sequencing and BioMark.

evangelia.malahias@umassmed.edu

   
       
Hyungjoo Kang


Hyung-Joo Kang, MS is a Biostatistician III at University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

hyung-joo.kang@umassmed.edu

   
       
 Heather Corkrey


Heather Corkrey, MS is a Research Associate at 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.

heather.corkrey@umassmed.edu

   
       

Former Lab Members

       
Lea Beaulieu
Lea Beaulieu, PhD
Instructor, Department of Medicine                          
lea.beaulieu@umassmed.edu
   
       
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