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  • Shamma Shakila Rahman

    Shamma Shakila Rahman

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Human Gene Therapy

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsImmunological pathophysiology of Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

  • Mahalakshmi Ramamurthy

    Mahalakshmi Ramamurthy

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

    BioI am specifically interested in the development of attentional mechanisms and its intersection with the development of reading ability (and therefore reading disability). I am broadly interested in understanding the basic mechanisms that are causally related to naturally occurring conditions, like amblyopia and dyslexia, and how understanding basic mechanisms can be implemented in effective remediation. In particular, Dyslexia interests me as a model to investigate the development and the intersection of visual attentional mechanisms in the development of reading. At Stanford, my research will focus on the role of visual attention in Dyslexia.

  • Rameshwar (Ram) Rao MD PhD

    Rameshwar (Ram) Rao MD PhD

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Hematology-Oncology
    Fellow in Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

    BioMy scientific training spans over a decade of published research in the fields of vascularized bone tissue engineering, biomineralization, gene therapy, and spectral ultrasound. I earned my BS from UC Davis and MS/PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. I have aimed to form highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research groups at each level of training. This work has resulted in 21 publications, award-winning manuscripts, and multiple national conference research awards. My successful research career began during my undergraduate studies where my work in Prof. Kent Leach’s lab resulted in 3 publications and the Department of Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award. My graduate thesis under the guidance of Prof. Jan Stegemann resulted in 12 publications (7 as first author) in high quality, peer-reviewed journals in the fields of engineering and biotechnology. My graduate studies were funded by an NIH T32 Training grant and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. My graduate work culminated in the 2013 Outstanding PhD Research Award from the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) and the 2013 Outstanding Student Award from the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS). Recognizing the gap in translation of bioengineering research into clinical practice, I opted to pursue an MD at the University of Michigan to become the physician-scientist that identifies clinical problems, engineers the solution, and delivers it back to the patient to advance treatments and improve survival outcomes. My success continued through medical school with 4 clinical research manuscripts and Graduation with Distinction in Research, awarded to 10% of the class.

    In the next phase of my training, I will complete my fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Stanford through the Accelerated Research Pathway by the American Board of Pediatrics. Prof. Sarah Heilshorn, Associate Chair of Materials Science at Stanford, will be my primary research and career development mentor. Together, we have designed an innovative approach targeting the extracellular matrix to improve survival outcomes in pediatric osteosarcoma.

  • Adam C Richie-Halford

    Adam C Richie-Halford

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

    BioAdam Richie-Halford is a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Stanford University and an affiliate of the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. He received his B.S. in engineering physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, his M.S. in Physics from the California State University in Long Beach, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington, where he performed large-scale quantum Monte Carlo simulations of systems encountered in nuclear theory. Along the way he also served as an officer in the Air Force and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Morocco.

    Currently, Adam works with Professor Jason Yeatman to develop new statistical learning techniques for the analysis of neuroimaging data and new browser-based technologies to assist deep phenotyping of dyslexia. He seeks to understand the biophysical properties of the brain’s white matter using large open datasets containing diffusion MRI images, such as the Human Connectome Project (HCP), the Healthy Brain Network (HBN) study, and the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. He is also interested in developing open-source software tools to enable other scientists to analyze and share large datasets. Adam is a member of the Software and Data Carpentry communities.