Lab Members

Kaiko Irani, MD

Kaikobad Irani, MD
Professor Internal Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor Radiation Oncology


Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center
Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center
Pappajohn Biomedical Institute
Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program
Medical Scientist Training Program

Scientific Projects: Keep the money flowing and keep lab members relatively happy.

Extracurricular Interests: Driving my teenagers to their extracurricular interests. Playing one-on-one basketball with my son...and losing miserably.

Ajit Vikram, PhD

Ajit Vikram, PhD
Assistant Professor


Grant Support: AHA Career Development Award. July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021

Scientific Projects: Exploring the role of microbiota-microRNA interactions in regulation of cardiovascular disorders.

PubMed publications

Extracurricular Interests: Playing chess, watching Sci-Fi and animation movies.

Young-Rae Kim, PhD

Young-Rae Kim, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate


Scientific Projects: I look at microRNA regulation of endothelial SIRT1.

Extracurricular Interests: Playing golf with my wife and being a dad.

Jin-Young-Yoon, PhD

Jin-Young Yoon, PhD


Scientific Projects: In collaboration with the London Lab, I examine how protein lysine acetylation affects cardiac excitability.

Extracurricular Interests: Exercise, YouTube, reading, gathering with friends.

Qiu Xia Li, PhD

QiuXia (Lisa) Li, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate


Scientific Projects: Endothelial SIRT1 regulation of metabolism. MicroRNA regulation of endothelial SIRT1.

Extracurricular Interests: Hiking nature parks with my family.

Ravinder Reddy Gaddam, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Grant Support: AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship. January 1, 2019-December 31, 2020
Scientific Projects: Investigating gut-microbiota microRNA interactions in cardiac disorders 

Grant Support: AHA Postdoctoral Fellowship. July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023
Scientific Project: Investigating microRNA regulation of endothelial dysfunction and non-dipping hypertension in type 2 diabetes.

PubMed publications

Extracurricular Interests: Playing Tennis, badminton and cricket. Listening to music.


Cuk-Seong Kim, PhD
Research Assistant


Scientific Projects:

Extracurricular Interests:

Angela Cai
Undergraduate student


Scientific Projects: Assisting lab personnel with various projects

Extracurricular Interests: Traveling and being outside, spending too much money on food, and FaceTiming my parents to see my dog Maggie

Julie Jacobs

Julie Jacobs, MS
Senior Lab Technician, Lab Manager


Scientific Projects: Help out with many and all. Keep the lab humming and make sure it doesn't burn down.