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  • Kenzo Ichimura

    Kenzo Ichimura

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

    BioMy long-term goal as a physician-scientist is to develop therapeutic strategies for right heart failure by elucidating its pathophysiology.

    I graduated from Kyushu University, School of Medicine in Fukuoka, Japan in 2008. Following a residency program at Aso Iizuka Hospital, I finished fellowship in Emergency Medicine (1 year) and Cardiovascular Medicine (2 years). My clinical expertise is general cardiology, cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, and cardiac critical care.

    After my clinical training, I started my research career working towards a Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Kensuke Egashira. During my Ph.D., I published two papers focusing on the development of novel therapeutics for acute myocardial infarction and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Through this research experience, I developed skills in modeling and assessing cardiovascular disease in both small (rodents) and large animals (pigs)

    In 2017, I was appointed as an Assistant Professor and attending physician in the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Kyushu University Hospital. During this period, I learned that right heart failure was one of the most devastating conditions with no treatment options in patients with pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, and patients on long-term mechanical ventricular assist devices. I also continued my research with a research grant funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.

    In 2019, I decided to further expand my research field into right heart failure and joined Dr. Edda Spiekerkoetter’s lab at Stanford University as a postdoctoral fellow. I am currently focusing on the role of BMPR2 in the cardiomyocytes, the structural changes in the right ventricle under pressure overload, and the development of right ventricle-targeting therapy in pulmonary hypertension.

  • Hiroyuki Inoue

    Hiroyuki Inoue

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiovascular Medicine

    BioDr. Inoue is a physician-scientist who is enthusiastic about bridging research findings and clinical practice.
    - a board certified cardiologist with 10+ years clinical experience
    - experience in 300+ cases as a main operator in percutaneous coronary intervention, catheter ablation, and cardiac device implantation
    - research expertise primarily in iPSCs, genome editing, and regenerative medicine

    Dr. Inoue joined the Yang lab in 2022. His research aim is the development of novel regenerative therapeutics for heart failure.

  • Kruthika Raman Iyer

    Kruthika Raman Iyer

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiovascular Medicine

    BioDr. Kruthika Raman Iyer, ScD, earned her bachelor’s in Bioinformatics in India, followed by a master’s in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University. She then earned her doctorate in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on dissecting the genetic architecture of a host of diseases with a particular focus on understudied/minority populations.