Team Section Subtitle
MI-KYUNG SHIN, PH.D.
Dr. Shin has been part of the laboratory since 2011, with a research interest in the systemic effects of hypoxia on cardiovascular and lipid metabolism. She has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding animal surgeon and molecular biologist. She is currently examining the effects of leptin signaling in the carotid body on breathing and cardiovascular physiology.
SLAVA BERGER, PH.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Technion - Israel institute of Technology.
Dr. Berger joined the lab in November 2016. His thesis in 2012 was on the role of endothelial progenitor cells in cardiovascular disease and sleep disordered breathing. Later, he Lipodystrophy center and the University of Pisa to identify novel metabolic and immune functional markers of lipodystrophy and to study the mechanisms involved in ectopic lipid damage. Currently, he is studying roles of leptin in the control of breathing.
CANDELA CABALLERO ERASO, M.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow from Virgen del Rocío Hospital, Sevilla, Spain.
Dr. Caballero is a pulmonologist with experience in clinical and translational research in the field of obstructive sleep apnea. Her thesis (presented in July 2014) was to evaluate the role of OSA and CPAP treatment in hypertension and endothelial dysfunction. She has combined her clinical OSA interest with a basic science focus on the role of carotid body in intermittent hypoxia. She is currently examining the effects of leptin signaling on the carotid body.
THOMAZ FLEURY CURADO M.D., PH.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
Dr. Fleury is an Otolaryngologist and Craniofacial Surgeon from Brazil with clinical and surgical experience in the treatment of OSA. He joined the lab in 2015 with an interest in the development of novel treatments for sleep apnea. He has developed a novel approach for stimulating lingual muscles and treating sleep apnea in a murine model, using cutting-edge chemogenetic techniques to stimulate hypoglossal motor neurons in the brain.
CHENJUAN GU, M.D.
Visiting Researcher from Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Dr. Gu is a chest physician from China with a long-standing interest in metabolic consequences of obstructive sleep apnea. She joined the lab in April 2017 to examine metabolic impacts of CPAP withdrawal in patients with sleep apnea.
YOICHI NISHIMURA. M.D.
Dr. Nishimura is a promising ENT surgeon from Japan who joined the lab in 2017. He has performed many UPPP (uvulopalatopharyngoplasy) surgeries and DISE (drug induced sleep endoscopy). He has researched indications for UPPP for adult OSAS patients in Japan. He has extensive experience treating pediatric OSAS patients, especially via adenotonsillectomy, in Japan.
Senior Research Specialist
Shannon has worked in the Polotsky lab for over 11 years, and has a diversified skill set covering molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemical techniques as well as clinical trials and laboratory management and maintenance. A few of her predominant skills include RT-PCR, ELISA, immunoassays and immunoblotting.
HUY PHO, B.S.
Senior Research Specialist
Huy joined the lab in March 2012 after graduating with a Bachelor's in Biochemistry. He is currently investigating the development and management of upper airway obstruction in the murine model. He is examining the role of leptin on control of breathing and ventilation while developing techniques to detect sleep-disordered breathing.
Jianguo Li, MD, Research Scientist, E- SAC, Inc., Rockville, MD
Vladimir Savransky, MD, PhD, Principal Scientist, Emergent BioSolutions, Rockville, MD
Christian Reinke, MD, Physician at Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
Luciano Drager, MD, PhD, currently Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Saõ Paulo, Saõ Paulo, Brazil
Omar Mesarwi, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
Qiaoling Yao, MD, PhD, Lecturer , Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi, China
Kathrin Fricke, MD
Angelica Vivero, medical student at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
Shaun-Pierre Hall, medical student, Florida State Medical School, Tallahassee, FL.
Edwin Ostrin, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pulmonary Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
Edmarie Guzman-Velez, Ph.D. student in Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.