Samar M. Hammad

Principal Investigator

Samar M. Hammad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

hammadsm@musc.edu

Ph.D. – Physiology – Pennsylvania State University

M.S. – Medical Parasitology – University of London

B.S. – Zoology – Kuwait University

algadban

Alumni

 

Mohammed Al Gadban, MD

Post Doctoral Scholar

algadban@musc.edu

MD – Medicine and General Surgery – Al Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq

Jean-Philip Truman

Jean-Philip Truman, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

trumanj@musc.edu

Ph.D. - Biology of Blood Cells, Paris University VII

B.Sc. (Hons) - Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Essex

Kent J. Smith

Kent J. Smith, M.S.

Research Specialist

smithkej@musc.edu

M.S. – Physiology – Miami University

B.S. – Biomedical Engineering – North Carolina State University

B.S. – Biological Engineering – North Carolina State University

   
Farzan Soodavar

Farzan Soodavar

Research Specialist

soodavar@musc.edu

B.S. – Biology – College of Charleston

 

Name

Level of training

Period of training

Title of project

Current position

Mimi Sohn, MD

Post-doctoral fellow

2000-2002

Nephropathy in a hyperlipidemic mouse model with streptozotocin-induced diabetes

Physician at MUSC

Leslie Eldridge, BS

Technician

2000-2002

Experimental Type 1 Diabetes in a Mouse Model of Human Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Pursued higher training/education as surgeon assistant

Yanis Bellil, BS

Technician

2000-2001

Glycoxidized LDL induces apoptosis in retinal capillary cells

Pursued Medical School at USC

Stephen Gee, BS

Graduate Student

2000

Glycoxidized LDL induces apoptosis in retinal capillary cells

PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill; Postdoctoral at JHU

Michelle Rothen

Volunteer
Undergraduate

2000-2001

Learned tissue culture and lipoprotein isolation and modification

Pursued Medical School at MUSC

Arelis Salas, BS

Volunteer

2000-2001

Learned tissue culture and lipoprotein isolation and modification

PhD from MUSC, mentor: Dr. Ogretmen; pursued Medical School at USC

Heather Crellin, BS

Graduate Student

2004-2006

The sphingosine kinase 1/sphingosine 1-phosphate pathway is modulated by lipopolysaccharide and mediates prostaglandin release

Graduated with MS degree from MUSC and moved to CA

Alena Nareika, MD

Post-doctoral fellow

2004-2006

Oxidized LDL immune complexes induce release of sphingosine kinase in human U937 monocytic cells.

Post-doctoral fellow, moved to Alabama

Firoj Khan, PhD

Post-doctoral fellow

2006-2007

Determine the intracellular trafficking of oxLDL immune complexes

Post-doctoral fellow, moved back to Canada

Shereen Amria, BS

Technician

2005-2006

Determine macrophage receptors involved in the uptake of oxLDL immune complexes

Pursuing graduate studies (MS) in herbal medicine in Texas; currently practicing in a Charleston clinic

Christopher Goodman, BS

Technician

2006

Determine macrophage receptors involved in the uptake of oxLDL immune complexes

Pursued Medical School at USC

Kent Smith, MS

Research Specialist

2006-2012

HSP70 expression in response to human oxidized LDL immune complex in macrophages

Senior Research Associate
INTREXON, Charleston, SC. Now in a firm in Milwaukee, WI

Farzan Soodavar, BS

Technician

2006-2009

Determine the intracellular trafficking of oxLDL immune complexes
Mass Spectrometry for Screening Sphingolipid Profile in Human Blood

Graduated with MS degree from COFC; now employee at insurance company, Charleston, SC

Jessica Melton

Undergraduate
Wofford College

Summer 2004
SURP

The Role of S1P in Inflammation

Graduate with BS;
Advance Production Leader at Miliken & Co, SC. Pursued graduate studies at ?

Kelly Hardman

Undergraduate
Gardner-Webb University

Summer 2005
SURP

Oxidized LDL immune complexes and oxidized LDL differentially affect the expression of genes in foam cell formation

Graduated with MS Epidemiology from MUSC; pursued PhD degree

Christabelle Piansay

Undergraduate
Clemson University

Summer 2007
SURP

Differential Trafficking of Oxidized LDL and Oxidized LDL Immune Complexes in Human Monocytic Cells  

Undergraduate

 

 

Summer 2008
SURP

Secretion of Acid Sphingomyelinase by Human Monocytic Cells Exposed to Oxidized LDL and Oxidized LDL Immune Complexes

Undergraduate
Now: Graduate Student in Georgia

Demarcus Heller

Undergraduate
Morris College

Summer 2008
SURP

Use of Sphingolipids as markers for premature heart disease in Lupus

Graduated with BS

Julia Elisabeth Gambone, BS

Graduate Student, MUSC
First Laboratory Rotation

Fall 2008

HSP70 expression in response to human oxidized LDL immune complex in macrophages

Graduate student in NC

Keerthi Harikrishnan, BS

Graduate Student, MUSC
Third Laboratory Rotation

Spring 2009

The role of PPAR-gamma in the HSP70 signaling pathway in macrophages induced by modified lipoproteins and immune complexes

Graduate student at MUSC. Graduated 2014 now in India

Jashalynn C. German

Undergraduate
Spelman College

Summer 2009
SURP

Immunohistochemical studies of atherosclerosis in a lupus nephritis mouse model

Undergraduate

Summer 2010
SURP

Continue on previous project

Undergraduate

Summer 2011
SURP

Submit the manuscript on lupus and co-write a review paper on the role of macrophages in lupus

BS Graduate, pursued Medical School in PA

Mohammed Al Gadban, MD

Post-doctoral fellow

2009-2011

Determine the effect of oxLDL-IC on the metabolism of key sphingolipids and associated enzymes

Post-doctoral fellow/Staff scientist MUSC

Joy N. Jones Buie, BS

Graduate Student, MUSC
First Laboratory Rotation

Fall 2009

Immunohistochemical studies of atherosclerosis in a lupus nephritis mouse model: effect of sphingosine kinase inhibitor

Graduate student at MUSC

Jean-Philip Truman, PhD

Staff Scientist

2010-2012

Role of Acid Sphingomyelinase in Human Monocytic Cells Exposed to Oxidized LDL and Oxidized LDL Immune Complexes

Research Assistant Professor, SUNY Stonybrook, NY

Dezirea Jones

Undergraduate
Erskine College

Summer 2010
SURP

The role of HSP70/70B’ in the oxidative and nitrosative stress response to oxLDL and oxLDL-IC

Graduated with BS, pursued Medical School at MUSC

Kayla Renee Hill

Graduate Student, MUSC, Fourth Laboratory Rotation

Spring 2011

Role of HSP70 B’ in induction of SOD2 and HMOX1 by modified LDL immune complexes in macrophages

Graduate student at MUSC

Apsley Allen

High school student
Porter-Gaud School

Summer 2011
SURP

Differential localization of acid sphingomyelinase in response to oxidized low-density lipoproteins versus oxidized low-density lipoprotein immune complexes

High school student

Haley Woodward

Undergraduate
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Summer 2013
SURP

The role of sphingosine 1-phosphate in polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN)  functions

Undergraduate; obtained BS degree 2014

Rawan Abdulsalam

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Summer 2013
SURP

Role of Microsomal Triglyceride Transfer Protein in Lipoprotein Transport: Sphingolipid Composition

Undergraduate

Mohamed Alwan, MD

Clinical Volunteer

2013-2014

Accelerated Vascular Disease in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Role of Macrophage

Expecting medical residency in 2015

Brianna Youngblood

Clemson University

Summer 2014
SURP

The role of sphingosine 1-phosphate in keloid fibroblasts

Undergraduate

Jad El Abiad

American University of Beirut

Summer 2014

Deoxy-Sphingolipids and Neuropathy in Type I Diabetes

Medical Student

Dhruw Maisuria

Governors School for Science and Mathematics

Summer 2015

HUVEC and aortic smooth muscle cells together secrete matrix components to build vessel-like structures

Student-Governors School for Science and Mathematics

Olanike Awontunde

Undergraduate-University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Summer 2015 SURP

The Role of Scleraxis in Neutrophil Activation

Undergraduate

Haneen saeed (moh’d shareef) alja’bari

Visiting MD student, Jordan University

Summer 2015

Advanced laboratory techniques

Medical student

Momka Bratoeva, MD

Research Specialist

July 2015-present

Plasma sphingolipids and diabetic nephropathy

Research Specialist II

Ban B. Al Nasiri, MD

Clinical Volunteer

2016

Preparing for Medical Board Exam