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​Lab Alumni

Adena Zadourian, BS

Adena Zadourian is a second-year medical student at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan, AL. She is also the President of the Surgical Interest Group at ACOM. Prior to starting medical school, Adena was the Lead Clinical Research Coordinator for Dr. Taub. She's worked very closely with Dr. Taub to initiate and execute several clinical trials including the AHA Statin Study, Amgen POTS Study, DHS Firefighter Study, and the NIH TRE Study. She plans to continue researching as a medical student and earn a physician-scientist position in her career.   

Adena graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Healthcare and Social Issues. In her spare time, Adena enjoys spending time with her family/friends, and also pursuing her interests in writing, photography, dancing salsa, and kickboxing.

Hannah Lo, BS

Hannah is currently a first-year medical student at Boston University. She 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.

​Kevin Shah, MD, FACC

Dr. Kevin Shah is a Cardiologist at the University of Utah specializing in Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant Cardiology, and Mechanical Circulatory Support. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Echocardiography.

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​Erin Higginbothom, MD

Dr. Erin Higginbothom was highly involved in a study here at the Taub Research Group investigating the effects of epicatechin on exercise capacity. She is currently a family medicine resident at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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Savannah Pipp

Savannah was one of our clinical research assistants who researched the effects of time-restricted eating in patients with Metabolic Syndrome. She is a current undergraduate student at UC Berkeley.

Arrash Fard, MD

Dr. Arrash Fard examined the biomarker, MR-PROADM, for prognosis in patients with heart failure while with the lab. After graduation from Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney in Australia, Dr. Fard completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

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Alejandro De La Parra, MD

Dr. Alejandro De La Parra investigated the effects of epicatechin on exercise capacity under the direction of Dr. Taub. He is currently specializes in sports medicine for Kaiser Permanente Medical in Fresno, CA.

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Rebecca Ocher, BS

Rebecca worked under Dr. Taub on the Healthy Heroes Study. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology, and is a current medical student at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. She will be applying to internal medicine residency next cycle.

​Navaid Iqbal, MD

Dr. Navaid Iqbal is a current psychiatry fellow at Columbia University. He worked with Dr. Taub examining a biomarker for prognosis in patients with heart failure and collaborated with her on numerous publications.

​Minal Patel, BS

Minal worked with Dr. Taub from 2012-2017 on research investigating the effects of epicatechin on exercise capacity.

Christiana Stark, BS

Christina is a current medical student at Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine. She worked under Dr. Taub studying time-restricted eating in patients with Metabolic Syndrome and the effects of Ivabradine on patients with POTS.