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Meet the lab

Alec Schmaier
Alec A. Schmaier, MD PhD


Dr. Schmaier is a practicing cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He obtained his MD/PhD studying platelet biology with Dr. Mark Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania. He performed postdoctoral work with Drs. Samir Parikh and Robert Flaumenhaft at BIDMC studying vascular biology and coagulation. He enjoys coffee, has the stereo on, and wishes he were a better tennis player.

Ivan Aivasovsky
Ivan Aivasovsky, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Aivasovsky is from Venezuela and received his MD and minor in public health in Bogota, Colombia. His current research is focused on mouse models of endothelial dysfunction and thrombosis. Dr. Aivasovsky plans to pursue a career in Cardiology. He loves cooking for family and friends, Laser-sailing, long-distance running, and always has music on.

Kobe Tray
Kobe Tray, BA

Research Assistant

From Chesire, CT, Kobe recently graduated from Williams College with a BA in Economics. At Williams, he was captain of the swim and dive team and earned D3 All-American status in springboard. He plans to pursue a career in medicine. Outside the lab, he is a passionate, albeit amateur, fly fisherman, trying to figure out how to fish in the Boston area.

Allison Gabbert PhD
Allison Gabbert, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

A native Californian, Dr. Gabbert earned her PhD  from the UC Santa Barbara studying collective cell migration under Dr. Denise Montell. She is fascinated by cell behaviors and how these change in disease contexts. She also loves to take pretty pictures and movies of cells through microscopy. Dr. Gabbert plans on pursuing a career in therapeutics research. She loves to play board games and video games, explore new places, and curl up on the couch with a plate of cookies, her two cats, and a fun fantasy novel.  

Henry Ma

Undergraduate Intern

Henry is an undergraduate at Harvard College and hails from Easton, MA. He intends to concentrate in Molecular and Cellular Biology because of its expansive room for exploration and relevance to healthcare. In his free time, he enjoys making/appreciating music, taking photos on nature walks, and playing video games

Lab alumni

Papa Anderson
Papa F. Anderson, BA

Research Assistant

Papa graduated from Williams college with honors in Chemistry. Papa is interested in how medical research and education can advance healthcare in developing countries.  Outside of lab, he likes to shadow box, take long walks and bike rides, watch and play soccer, and read.

Currently: Medical student - Harvard Medical School

Siyu Chen
Siyu Chen, MS

Research Assistant

Siyu graduated from Fudan University and received a Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Brandeis University. She is an accomplished concert violinist and interested in creative writing. 

Currently: Graduate student - University of Cincinati

Meera Narayanan-Pandit
Meera Narayanan-Pandit, BA

Undergraduate Intern

An environmental studies major and chemistry minor at Connecticut College, Meera received a scholarship to support two summers in lab. Meera has a strong interest in public health to address racial disparities in cardiovascular disease and plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Currently: Intern at APTIM

Kelsey Sack
Kelsey Sack, MD PhD

Medical Resident

Dr. Sack worked in the lab during residency and was selected to present her work at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. She received her MD/PhD from Boston University and Residency and Fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care at BIDMC.

Currently: postdoctoral fellow, Flaumenhaft Lab

Milan Kaushik, MD
Milan Kaushik, MD

Medical Resident

Hailing from Michigan, Dr. Kaushik is an Internal Medicine resident at BIDMC. He received his MD from Wayne State University and was a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Fellow.  In his spare time, he can be found playing bullet chess and enjoys baking.

Currently: Cardiology Fellow, Johns Hopkins

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