Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Inherited Heart Disease
I am a physician scientist with a research focus on stem cell biology, heart regeneration and developmental cardiology. I received my BSc in Biology and my Medical Degree from the University of Crete in Greece. Then I moved to Boston MA, where I was a post-doc at Harvard Medical School and completed my residency at Boston University and my cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. During my time at Hopkins I was a post-doc in Dr. Chulan Kwon and David Kass labs.
I have received several awards including the Johns Hopkins Clinician Scientist Award, the ACC presidential career development award and funding from the Magic That Matters, the American heart Association and the NIH. I was also the winner of the 2020 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award from the AHA Basic Cardiovascular Science Council and an awardee at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators Forum.
Currently, I treat patients with cardiac disease at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and I dedicate the majority of my time brainstorming ideas with members of the lab and getting fascinated by transcriptional regulation, heart development and regeneration. Outside the lab I enjoy playing legos and board games with my son and wife, wine tasting, guitar playing and watching artistic movies.
Myo Htet, MBBS, PhD
Sandra Gomez, PhD Candidate
I was born and raised in Burma where I studied medicine at the University of Medicine Mandalay. I completed my PhD training at the Glasgow Caledonian University where I conducted research about the role of connexin43 in pulmonary hypertension. I was trained as a postdoctoral fellow for 2 years at the University of Maryland Baltimore where I conducted hypertension research where I manipulated myosin phosphatase regulatory subunit (Mypt1) to lower blood pressure through smooth muscle sensitization to NO/cGMP-mediated vasodilation. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Tampakakis lab where I study the role of a cardiac enhancer in the development of heart failure. Outside of lab, I enjoy outdoors, listening to music and watching snooker games.
Harshi Gangrade, MSc
I completed most of my education in India, including a bachelor’s degree from D.Y. Patil, Mumbai. Later, I worked in the field of immunology at the Indian Institute of Sciences, also known as IISc, which ignited my passion for research. I recently earned my master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. I joined the Tampakakis lab in December 2019 as a research assistant. My main project involves investigating the mechanism of stem cell regenerative therapies for cardiac disease using a “power-switch” in human stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.
Having been born in India, I am an inborn food lover. I love traveling, spending time with friends and loved ones, and appreciate good music and movies.
I am a BA/MHS candidate in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Currently, I am a senior at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Public Health Studies and minoring in Psychology. I have been involved in scientific research since high school and joined the Tampakakis Lab in early 2018. As a member of the lab, I have helped out on projects predicting the risk for cardiac amyloidosis based on common genetic variants as well as generating a stem cell line with an ACTN2 mutation. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, watching documentaries, and cooking.