Michael J. Wilkinson, MD FACC
Michael Wilkinson, MD, is a cardiologist who leads the advanced lipid treatment program at UC San Diego Health. This includes diagnosis and management of inherited forms of dyslipidemia (i.e. an abnormal amount of cholesterol or fats [lipids] in the blood), as well as primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease through risk factor management and use of lipid-modifying therapies.
Dr. Wilkinson’s research interests include the development of treatments with lifestyle change and novel drug-therapies for patients who are at risk for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Wilkinson completed a cardiovascular disease fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where he served as chief fellow. He did his residency in internal medicine at The University of Chicago. He earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Wilkinson is board certified in internal medicine and clinical lipidology.
He is a member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, National Lipid Association, American College of Physicians, and The Obesity Society.
Iwona Świątkiewicz, MD, PhD, FESC
Dr. Świątkiewicz is a Professor of Medicine in Nicolaus Copernicus University, Collegium Medicum, Bydgoszcz, Poland. Her medical training and specialization include internal medicine and cardiology. She has been involved in research, teaching, and clinical activities, and participated in numerous professional events, teaching courses, workshops, and scientific meetings. She published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters. Her research interests are focused on the diagnostic and prognostic value of echocardiography and biomarkers in cardiac diseases, efficacy and safety of transcatheter structural cardiac interventions, circadian clock disruption in cardiometabolic diseases, impact of pharmacologic intervention and lifestyle changes on cardiometabolic risk, and clinical and translational research in cardiovascular diseases. Her clinical areas of activities include non-invasive cardiology, echocardiography, prevention of heart disease, management of heart defects, coronary disease and heart failure, transcatheter structural cardiac interventions, as well as evidence-based tailored approach to care of individual patients.
Jia Shen, MD
Jia Shen, MD, is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in the treatment and prevention of heart disease.
As an assistant professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Shen's research interests include cardiac rehabilitation, global burden of cardiovascular disease and risk factors, distribution of cardiovascular health services in low-resource settings, and biomarkers in cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Shen was named outstanding fellow during her fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, where she also completed her residency training in internal medicine. She earned her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. She is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.
In addition to English, Dr. Shen is fluent in Mandarin.
Lead Clinical Research Coordinator
Hannah has been working with Dr. Taub since 2018 after graduating with her B.S. in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego. After studying spatial cognition in rats for two years, she was excited to make the transition to human clinical trials. Witnessing the positive impact of studies that translate basic science to implementable interventions has confirmed her desire to pursue a career in academic medicine. As a part of Dr. Taub's Research Group she has published on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Time-Restricted Eating. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the San Diego Symphony and with groups that provide free health screenings to San Diego and Tijuana communities.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Aryana Pazargadi is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biopsychology (Neuroscience). Her research background includes time spent with Drosophila species in wet lab and time spent in the clinic researching verbal cognition patterns in infants with Dr. Rose Scott. She now enjoys investigating the clinical implications of circadian biology in human research trials. In her free time, Aryana is a frequent flyer and globe-trotter. She has a love for different languages and cultures, and has traveled to 22 different countries.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Ashley Rosander graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Human Biology in June 2019 and has been working in Dr. Taub's research group ever since! She was originally interested in Dr. Taub's research because of its emphasis on lifestyle interventions for preventative healthcare.
Ashley previously worked in wet lab research concerning drug addiction at the San Diego Biomedical Research Institute, and has now moved on to clinical trials research at UC San Diego. As a student, she participated in youth health education, and now she volunteers at Rady Children's Hospital on the weekends. She is an aspiring pediatric cardiologist. She considers herself very lucky to get to work with such amazing patients and such an inspiring team of people!
Clinical Research Assistant, Volunteer
Cameron is a junior at UC San Diego pursuing a B.S. in Global Health with the intention of applying to medical school after graduating. He has an interest and passion for exploring creative solutions to health disparities and inequality, and was especially drawn to Dr. Taub's clinical research due to her focus on real-life solutions to improving cardiovascular health and metabolic processes. His favorite part about working in the Taub Lab is connecting and interacting directly with our research patients, learning about their stories.
Outside of the lab and school, Cameron loves professional photography, documenting his travels and experiences, and exploring the fields of psychology. When he's not reading research papers for fun, he also loves to de-stress through exercising.