Dhammika Amaratunga, PhD

Dhammika Amaratunga is a statistical consultant and researcher.  Previously, he was Senior Director & Janssen Research Fellow in Nonclinical Statistics at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D;  he was at J&J for 24 years.  He co-authored one of the first books on microarray data analysis (Second Edition published in 2014), in addition to several other publications.  He has given several short courses and presentations in America, Europe and Asia.  He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.  He has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Princeton University.

Description: Macintosh HD:CURRENT:CVI:Newsletter:Newsletter2 August 2012:JavierCabrera.png  Javier Cabrera, PhD
Javier Cabrera, PhD, is Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics at Rutgers University and is a Fulbright Fellow and Henry Rutgers Fellow. He served as Director of the Institute of Biostatistics from 2004-2011 and is funded by the National Science Foundation, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis and Eisai.  In 2010 he received the prestigious Statistical Partnerships among Academe, Industry, and Government (SPAIG) award from the American Statistical Association for establishing collaboration between Pfizer and Rutgers.

  Jerry Q. Cheng, PhD
Jerry Q. Cheng, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cardiovascular Institute, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His research interests include survival analysis, data mining, statistical applications in medical sciences, etc. He has published in the Journal of American Statistical Association (JASA), Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Statistics in Medicine, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Hypertension, etc. He has been teaching courses in biostatistics and data mining. He received his post doctorial training from the Department of Statistics at Columbia University.

  I-Ming Chiu, PhD

I-Ming Chiu, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Rutgers University Camden. Dr. Chiu’s research interests include Economic Growth & Development, Health Economics, International Finance, Financial Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Data Science. His recent research focuses on the creation of health index and how human capital contributes to economic growth using a variety of statistical methods. His work has been published in various refereed journals such as Applied Economics, Health policy, International Economic Journal, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance etc.


Yuraj Singh Chowhury, MD

Yuvraj Singh Chowdhury is a resident physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Saint Peters University Hospital-Rutgers RWJ Medical School. Born in Siliguri, a town at the footsteps of the Himalayas, he went to medical school in Pune, India after being awarded the Azad Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Biomedical Sciences by the President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam. His work during medical school focused on educating the underserved in rural India in matters of health and wellbeing. After graduating, he worked at Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi - the 3rd busiest hospital in Asia before going on to do sub-internships at Massachusetts General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. As a resident physician, his current areas of interest include Interventional Cardiology and Heart Failure. Being on the board of the Heart Failure Committee at Saint Peter’s, he’s working on developing performance improvement guidelines to prevent readmissions in patients with chronic heart failure. He is also an elected member to the ACP-NJ Residents council where his focus areas are Resident Fatigue and a Drug Free New Jersey. As a member of the CVI, he is involved in multiple academic research projects.  



                        Aakash Garg, MD



Dr. Garg completed his M.D. from Delhi University, India in 2012. He did a year of bench research at the Icahn school of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2013 exploring role of dendritic cells in immune responses. After starting his internal medicine residency at the Rutgers Saint Peter’s University Hospital in NJ, he joined the Cardiovascular Institute in 2015. He has published numerous manuscripts in invasive as well as non-invasive cardiology over the last 3 years. Presently, he is working on MIDAS registry to study PCI readmission trends and outcomes over the past 2 decades. His long-term goal is to research new advances in the area of interventional therapies to optimize care of end stage heart failure patients.

Description: Macintosh HD:CURRENT:CVI:Newsletter:Newsletter4 August 2013:002 use this photo.JPG   Mary Downes Gastrich, PhD, EdD
Mary Downes Gastrich, PhD, EdD, has been a Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty member since 2006. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and an active member of the CVI. Dr. Gastrich’s publications and research interests include topics on preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease, the relationship between nutritional carbohydrates on specific cardiovascular disease risk factors, robotic surgery methods, pharmacological treatments to reduce carotid intima media thickness, and impacts of additive sugar in the diet. Her other roles at RWJMS include Director of Education at the Women’s Health Institute (WHI), editor of the WHI Newsletter, and the organizer and director of numerous educational seminars for health professionals on campus, including topics on the benefits of walking, nutrition, meditation and global women’s health.

  Sharad Goyal, MD
Dr. Goyal is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  His clinical and laboratory interests have focused on clinical breast cancer, utilization of novel radiotherapy treatment techniques to reduce toxicities, and integrating data from epidemiological settings in cardiology and oncology to better inform treatment and survivorship issues among cardiology and breast cancer patients.  These projects stem from the relationships he has established with the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. At present, he has 3 IRB approved protocols and 2 protocols under development related to the field of cardio-oncology, which reflect his collaborative efforts with the CVI.;


                        Angie Hughes

Angie Hughes is a native of Manila, Philippines and has lived in NJ since 1984. In 2006 she joined UMDNJ-CINJ as a Medical Health Technician.  She worked with the Gynecology and Breast surgical oncologist.  After receiving her Practical nursing license in 2010 she started working at UCHC - Edna Mahan Correctional Facility.  Angie joined the Cardiovascular Institute on April 2016 as a Study coordinator.

  Abel E. Moreyra, MD
Abel E. Moreyra is a Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Medicine.  He has been a faculty member at our Medical School since 1975 and has led the development of invasive and interventional cardiology.  Dr. Moreyra graduated from medical school at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina and did his cardiology training at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has authored over 80 papers and 9 book chapters, and served as the Principal Investigator or co-investigator of more than 38 multicenter National Institutes of Health and industry sponsored clinical trials.

 Davit Sargsyan, MS

Davit Sargsyan is a Research/Teaching Specialist at the Cardiovascular Institute and a Ph.D. student at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. He is a Senior Statistician at Janssen, a Jonson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development Company. He specializes in analysis and visualization of data from drug discovery, pre-clinical, early clinical, and long-term observational studies across multiple therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, immunology, oncology and neuroscience. His work in scientific computing is focused on developing new statistical tools and web applications, as well as improving existing methods, and covers areas such as data mining, predictive modeling, and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data modeling (DNA and RNA sequencing and Microbiome research).


  Mrinali Shetty

Mrinali Shetty is a resident physician at Saint Peter’s University Hospital-Rutgers RWJ Medical School. Having graduated top of her class in medical school, she went on to do externships at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. These experiences lead her to the field of Cardiology. Her areas of interest are cardiometabolic health and heart failure outcomes. Being on the board of the Heart Failure Committee at her Program has helped her seek out innovative approaches to decrease readmission rates in patients with CHF. As a member of the CVI she is currently involved in academic writing and clinical research.


  Ziv Shkedy, PhD

Ziv Shkedy is Professor of Biostatistics and bioinformatics at the University of Hasselt in Belgium. He received a B.A degree in economics and statistics (1988) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, a MSc. degree In Applied statistics (1997) from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, a MSc degree in Biostatistics and a PhD in Biostatistics (1998, 2003) from Hasselt University, Belgium. Dr. Shkedy published numerous journal articles on the topics of clinical and non-clinical trials, modelling infectious disease data, dose-response analysis, Bayesian modelling, bioinformatics, analysis of gene expression data, analysis of big and high dimensional data.

Dr. Shkedy served as associate editor for biometric and the journal of computational statistics and data analysis. Since 2016 Dr. Shkedy is an adjacent (visiting) professor in Gondar University, Ethiopia where he serves a co-director of the master in biostatistics and epidemiology and a board member of the PhD School in biostatistics and epidemiology. 


                        Ana Wollenberg
Ana Wollenberg recently joined the Cardiovascular Institute bringing with her years of experience in the medical field.  She started her career working as a sleep technologist before obtaining her nursing license in 2008.  She is currently enrolled in an accelerated BSN program through the University of Oklahoma while concurrently enrolled in the Clinical Research Program at Oklahoma Community College.


  Handing Xie, Master of Science in Statistics

Handing Xie, M.S. is a graduate research assistant at the Cardiovascular Institute, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  His research interests include survival analysis and statistical application in clinical trials, medical and healthcare data. He has published papers about the time courses and predictors for the readmissions among the patients who were discharged alive with a first diagnosis of heart failure in a statewide database.  He received his graduate training from the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at Rutgers University.


  Xiaoyu Zhang

Xiaoyu Zhang is a graduate student in Statistics at Rutgers University and is a licensed Chinese Medicine practitioner in Hong Kong. She earned a double degree in Chinese Medicine and Biomedical Science from Hong Kong Baptist University. Xiaoyu completed her medical intern at Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. She has both clinical and research experience in medical sciences. Her research interest is to apply statistical methods to solve different medical research problems.


  Stavros Zinonos, MS

Stavros Zinonos is a Research/Teaching Specialist at the Cardiovascular Institute.  He is a Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at Rutgers University and has a master’s degree in mathematics.  His research interests include minimax estimation, and multivariate statistics.