The Arnaout Lab

Principal Investigator

Rima Arnaout, MD , Principal Investigator
Email: rima.arnaout (at)
Twitter: @arnaoutlab

Rima Arnaout is an Assistant Professor in Medicine (Cardiology), a member of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, and faculty in the UCSF Graduate Program in Biological and Medical Informatics. She is a physician-scientist with a background in genetics, clinical research and programming, and a practicing cardiologist board-certified in multi-modality cardiovascular imaging.


Erin Chinn, MS , Data Science Researcher
Email: erin.chinn (at)
Github: emchinn
LinkedIn: erinchinn

Erin received dual undergraduate degrees from UC Davis in Biology and Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a process engineer in the Bay Area before receiving a Master’s Degree in Analytics from the University of San Francisco.

Lara Curran, MBBS BSc , Visiting Research Scholar
Email: lara.groom (at)

Dr. Curran is trained in internal medicine and has an interest in cardiology. She is a visiting researcher from the UK.

Claudia Portillo, BS , Research Affiliate
Email: claudia.portillo (at)

Claudia graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and is currently in the UC Berkeley post-Baccalaureate program. Claudia’s interests include bench research and community health care. She is applying to medical school in the fall.

Jon Renslo, BS , Research Affiliate
Email: jon.renslo (at)

Jon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He is now in the post-Baccalaureate program at UC Berkeley, after which he hopes to become a physician.


Ramy Arnaout, MD
Email: rarnaout (at)

Ramy is Assistant Professor of Pathology at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School. An alumnus of MIT, he received his doctorate in mathematical (systems) biology from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship and his MD from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. He completed residency in pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and postdoctoral work at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Nisha I. Parikh, MD MPH , Assistant Professor
Email: nisha.parikh (at)

Dr. Parikh is a cardiovascular epidemiologist and population scientist. She has an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health and did her post-doctoral research fellowship at the Framingham Heart Study. Dr Parikh is devleoping risk stratification tools using pregnancy and childbirth as a ‘cardiometabolic stress test’ to predict later cardiovascular disease risk factors and overt cardiovascular disease in women.

Jiandong Liu, PhD , Assistant Professor
Email: jiandong_liu (at)

Dr Liu’s Lab combines genetics, molecular and cell biology to study cardiac development and function, focusing on the molecular mechanisms that link mechanical forces and genetic factors to cardiac morphogenesis. Their studies using zebrafish as a model system serve as the basic foundation to address the key questions in cardiac development and function, and could provide novel therapeutics for cardiac diseases.


Sabeen Kazimi