Lab Members

Ivan Cokic, MD
Project Scientist

Ivan Cokic, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. After completing extensive postdoctoral research training at Northwestern University (Divisions of Nephrology/ Hypertension and Cardiac Electrophysiology) and at the University of Chicago Lung Injury Center, he joined the Biomedical Imaging Research Institute in January 2011 as a Project Scientist. His principle research interests relate to the mechanisms and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

Xingmin (Diane) Guan
Graduate Student

Xingmin (Diane) Guan received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in materials science and engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She is currently a doctoral student at UCLA majoring in bioengineering. Guan joined the Dharmakumar Laboratory in 2016. Her research interest is in developing novel MRI-based methods to quantify iron and fat in the heart with a focus on novel data acquisition methods, image processing and validation in animal models of myocardial infarction. Her goal is to translate her research findings to human subjects with prior myocardial infarctions.

Graduate Student

Eric Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2011. After working as a biomedical engineer for a startup medical device company in San Diego, he came to UCLA as a PhD student in 2015. He joined the Dharmakumar Lab in March 2017 to work on cardiac MRI. His research interests are in the novel diagnostics and therapeutics applied to heart disease and myocardial infarction.

Ting Liu, MD, PhD
Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist

Ting Liu, MD, PhD, received her medical degree and doctorate in radiology from China Medical University. Liu completed her postdoctoral research training in cardiac CT MRI PET program in Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School between 2012-14. As a radiologist with 10 years' experience in cardiac imaging, she has been collaborating with Debiao Li, PhD, since 2015 and joined the Dr. Dharmakumar's laboratory as a visiting postdoctoral scientist in October 2018. Her current research interest is in the clinical application of myocardium infarction using novel magnetic resonance imaging modality.

Anand Nair, PhD

Anand R. Nair, PhD, received his doctorate in biomedical sciences from Louisiana State University in 2015. His doctoral work focused on the mechanisms by which Toll-like receptor-4 mediates the progression of acute and chronic renal disorders. He completed his postdoctoral training in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Iowa, concentrating his research on mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction in cardiovascular diseases. With a strong background in cell and molecular biology, Nair joined the Dharmakumar Laboratory in the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute as a project scientist. He plans to expand his knowledge of cardiovascular pathophysiology by focusing on the molecular mechanisms driving hemorrhagic myocardial infarctions.

Hsin-Jung (Randy) Yang, PhD
Project Scientist

Hsin-Jung (Randy) Yang, PhD, earned his doctorate in bioengineering from UCLA in August, 2016. He earned his master's degree at Northwestern University in electrical engineering and joined the Dharmakumar Laboratory in Cardiac MRI in 2011 and the Han Lab in 2016. His current research interests are novel MRI technologies and their applications.

Xinheng (James) Zhang
Graduate Student

Xinheng (James) Zhang earned his bachelor's degree in basic medical sciences at Zhejiang University and master's degree in biomedical imaging at University of California, San Francisco. He started his postdoctoral studies in bioengineering at UCLA in 2017. In the same year, he joined the Dharmakumar Lab. His current research interests are novel techniques in MR image post-processing and pulse sequence programming.

Yinyin Chen, PhD
Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist

Yinyin Chen, PhD, received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Soochow University in China. She earned her doctorate in imaging and nuclear medicine at Shanghai Fudan University in June 2016. Chen joined the Dharmakumar Lab as a visiting postdoctoral scientist in April 2019. Her current research interests are in diagnostics and implications of intramyocardial hemorrhage based on novel non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance techniques.

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Los Angeles, CA 90048