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The Children's Research Institute

Lab Members

Our people make our lab great. We have an incredibly talented group of scientists from uniquely different disciplines and backgrounds. We believe that a strong synergy between researchers and clinicians will facilitate developing translational programs to improve neurological outcomes in children with congenital heart disease.

Nobuyuki Ishibashi, MD 

Nobuyuki Ishibashi, M.D.
Center for Neuroscience Research Director of Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory, Children's National Heart Institute
Foglia-Hills Professor of Pediatric Cardiac Research Children's National Health System 
MD from Gunma University School of Medicine, Japan 
Japanese Board of Surgery
Japanese Board of Cardiovascular Surgery

 Camille Leonetti, PhDCamille Leonetti, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
PhD in Neuroscience from Caen Normandie University
BS in Chemistry from Paris-Sud University

Takuya Maeda, MD 

Takuya Maeda, M.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Jingang Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Nemanja Saric, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Jennifer Romanowicz, MD

Jennifer Romanowicz, M.D.

Clinical fellow

Pediatric Residency at Children's National
MD from New York Medical College
BA in Psychology from Amherst College

 Van Lam's headshot

Van Lam, M.S., B.S.
Research Technician

 Devon Guerrelli's headshot

Devon Guerrelli, B.S.
Research Technician

 Artur Agaronyan's headshotArtur Agaronyan, B.S.
Research Technician
 Ibtisam Al Haj's headshot

Ibtisam Al Haj, M.D.
Research Intern

Alumni Lab Members

Post Doctoral Fellows

Post Doctoral Fellows

  • Akira Murata, MD (Toyama Prefectural Central Hospital, Japan)
  • Zhaohui Lu, MD (Shanghai Children's Medical Center, China)
  • Kota Agematsu, MD (Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan)
  • Paul D. Morton, PhD (Virginia Tech, VA)
  • Gary R. Stinnett, PhD (Georgia Technical Institute, GA)
  • Kamil Sarkislali, MD (University of Maryland, MD)
  • Fahad Somaa, PhD (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Research Managers

Research Managers

  • Ludmila Korotcova, MD (FDA contractor, Rockville, MD) 
  • Shruti D. Ramachandra (Undergraduate at University of Pennsylvania)
International Medical Graduates

International Medical Graduates

  • Elena Short, MD (Medical residency program, US)
Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Fizza Shaikh - George Washington University 
  • Vidhi Kumar - George Washington University 
  • Meher Zaman - George Washington University 
  • Nikita Salker - University of Maryland, College Park
  • Hannah Cook - Oberlin College
  • Vivek Batheja - George Washington University
  • Kayla Yee - George Washington University
  • Madison Harris - Holton-Arms School
  • Johanna Carrera - University of California, Berkeley
MD Students and Scholars

MD Students and Scholars

  • Sonali Kumar - 2013 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University 
  • David Kim - 2014 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University 
  • Angeline Pham - 2015 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University 
  • Soraiya Thura - 2015 AATS Scholar, University of Vermont 
  • Vincent Parenti - 2016 WT Gill Fellow, George Washington University
  • Mahmut ÖZTÜRK - 2017 Summer Intern, Marmara University School of Medicine
  • Maitha Rashid Al-Khaya - 2017 Summer Intern, United Arab Emirates University Medical School