Current Fellows

Ashley Sandeen DO

 Ashley Sandeen, DO(2013-2016)
Medical School:Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa Children's Hospital

Erin Gordon, DO

Erin Gordon, DO (2011-2014)
Medical School:Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Residency: University of Iowa Children's Hospital
Current Research of Dr. Erin Gordon:
Cardiac hypertrophy is a neonatal complication affecting 10-30% of births from diabetic mothers that can produce left ventricular outflow tract obstruction due to septal hypertrophy. The mechanisms underlying diabetes-induced fetal cardiac hypertrophy are unclear. Because the energy substrate preference of the fetal heart is carbohydrate, a fuel which is present in only modest amounts in the fetal circulation during a normal pregnancy, it is postulated that hyperglycemia is a direct anabolic factor for the fetal heart. We sought to test the hypothesis that exposure of the fetus to hyperglycemia alone, in the absence of systemic maternal diabetes, is sufficient to cause abnormal fetal cardiac growth during late gestation.

Muhammad Syed, MD

Muhammad Syed, MD (2011-2014)
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore (AIMC), University of Health Sciences, Lahore Pakistan
Residency: Lincoln Medical Centre, New York
Current Research of Dr. Muhammad Syed:
- "Role of T Rugulatory Cells in RSV Infection"
- "Neutrophil Priming in Pediatric patients Undergoing Cardiac Bypass"
- "Biomarkers of Sepsis"

Aditya Badheka

Aditya Badheka, MD, MS (2012-2015)
Medical School: B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
Residency: Lincoln Medical Centre, New York
Additional Degrees: MS; Long Island University - C.W. Post CAmpus, Brookeville, NY
Current Research of Dr. Aditya Badheka:
I am working on IVC filters optimal position. IVC filters are used to prevent pulmonary embolism in deep vein thrombosis patients for last 30 years. Ideal IVC filter should trap significant thrombus without generating prothrombic state. It is believed that the idealized position to place an IVC filter is juxta-renal. We are comparing flow dynamics by positioning IVC filter at juxta-renal vs infrarenal position. We are using a mechanical model, followed by a computational study.

Michael Van Dyke, DO

Michael Van Dyke, DO (2012-2015)
Medical School: Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa Children's Hospital
Current Research of Dr. Michael Van Dyke:
Research focus is on Staphylococcus Aureus quorum sensing.  The project is specifically workingon characterizing a protein that Staphylococcus Aureus secretes which interferes with Staphylococcus Epidermidis quorum sensing systems. Further elucidating the interplay of these to ubiquitous and pathogenic bacteria will hopefully lead to new ways to fight Staphylococcal infection in the PICU and beyond.

Manuel Proenza

Manuel Proenza, DO (2012-2015)
Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ
Current Research of Dr. Manuel Proenza:
I am currently researching the affect of K-ATP channels on energy metabolism utilizing a knockout-mice model. K-ATP channels have been shown to affect glucose metabolism.  We hypothesize that the manipulation of K-ATP channel expression in skeletal and cardiac muscle may impact energy metabolism to a sufficient enough degree to alter total body mass and energy consumption.

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