Current Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Markus Waldeck-Weiermair, PhD

Research Interests:   I am building on my background in biophysical research to expand our understanding of cardiovascular biology in a translational medical context. My current research projects focus on endothelial cell redox and nitric oxide signaling in both physiological contexts and in disease states.

Fellowship: Erwin Schroedinger Fellowship FWF (Austrian Science Fund)

Education:  I did my master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003 at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Austria, and received PhD at the same University.  I used my skills in biophysics with a focus on mitochondrial Ca2+ signaling, metabolism and biosensor engineering,  first serving as a University assistant and then as a Senior Scientist at the Medical University of Graz, where I obtained teaching qualifications in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.  In 2014, I did my Habilitation in Molecular Biology.

Hobbies:  Being a father, running, cooking, soccer,traveling

Hometown:  Waldneukirchen, Austria



Shambhu Yadav, PhD

 Research Interests–   I am passionately focused on redox metabolism and oxidant-modulated signaling in both cell and animal models.  Currently, I am studying the signal transduction in the cardiovascular and neurovascular system in health and disease with a focus on using chemogenetic approaches to dissect the role of cellular oxidants in neurodegenerative diseases.

Education:  BS-MS , Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, India.  PhD in Redox Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Hobbies-  Cricket (watching) and reading

Hometown: Ranchi, Jharkhand (Eastern India), India


Sai Thulabandu, PhD

Research Interests:  I am interested in understanding redox regulation of vascular physiology and pathology by utilizing genetically altered mouse models. My project focuses on peroxidative stress-induced dysfunction of vascular smooth muscle cells resulting in cardiovascular burden, namely hypertension, atherosclerosis, and aneurysm formation. To explore the underlying mechanisms causing VSMC dysfunction, I am focusing on biochemical and metabolic mediators.

Education:  I received my Ph.D. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University.  I studied the regulation of cellular differentiation by Ezh2 via interaction with retinoic acid signaling during murine skin and muscle development.  I received his Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from IIT Guwahati, where I developed an analytical tool for flow cytometry data files using Python programming language.

Hobbies: Hiking, Kayaking, Board games

Hometown: Naidupeta, India



Fotios Spyropoulos


Research Interests:    I am interested in the role of oxidative stress in the regulation of cardiovascular function and metabolism.

 Background and Education:  I am originally from Greece, where I received my M.D. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School. I then did my Pediatric residency at University of Iowa and subsequently moved to Boston where I completed his fellowship training at the Harvard Neonatal Perinatal Medicine program.  I am currently an attending neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is involved in basic and translational research under the mentorship of Professors Thomas Michel and Helen Christou.

Hobbies:  Skiing, Sailing, Soccer 

Hometown:  Levidi, Arcadia, Greece 


Arvind Pandey

Background and Research Interests
I am from New Orleans, and received my B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology as well as an M.D. from Tulane.  I did my Internal Medicine internship and residency at Johns Hopkins, followed by fellowship training in clinical cardiology at Vanderbilt, and vascular medicine subspecialty training at BWH.  I was recently appointed to the BWH Cardiovascular Medicine faculty, and am pursuing postdoctoral training with Professors Joseph Loscalzo and Thomas Michel. My research interests are in the roles of inflammation in the pathophysiology of vascular disease.

Basketball, Running, Cooking

New Orleans, LA


Jonas Kaynert, BA

Research interests:  I am a student of the Hannover Medical School and currently doing an internship  in Thomas Michel’s Lab.   I am interested in the molecular processes of redox biochemistry, especially the role of peroxiporins in diseases.

Education:  Hannover Medical School- B.S. Biochemistry (2020);   M.S. Biochemistry (in process)

Hometown:  Hannover, Germany

Hobbies:  Bouldering, playing the piano and saxophone


Taylor Covington, BS

Research Interests