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Finnian McCausland
Finnian R. McCausland, MD, MB, BCh

Dr. Finnian R. McCausland is an attending Nephrologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston and the Associate Director of the Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation (MMSCI) program at Harvard Medical School.  He received his MB, BCh, BAO degrees from University College Dublin in 2003 and joined the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2006. Following his higher specialist training in Ireland, he joined the Nephrology fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals in 2009. In 2012 he graduated from Harvard Medical School with a Masters in Medical Science Degree and joined the Nephrology Faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Mc Causland’s major research interest relates to the cardiovascular consequences associated with haemodialysis. He is the Principal Investigator of two ongoing randomized controlled trials related to the dialysate prescription and its effect on intra-dialytic blood pressure stability.

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David E. Leaf, MD

Dr. Leaf grew up in Westchester, NY, and attended college at the University of Pennsylvania. He trained at NYU for medical school, Columbia for internal medicine, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital for nephrology, and is now on the faculty at BWH and Harvard Medical School. He enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, skiing, running, scuba diving, and playing tennis and chess.

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Anand Srivastava, MD

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Mallika Mendu, MD, MBA

Dr. Mendu received her MD/MBA from Yale University. She joined Dr. Waikar’s group in 2011 to pursue her research interests in quality improvement and care delivery for patients with kidney disease specifically by exploring innovative care models to improve outcomes for patients with kidney disease.

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Venkata Sabbisetti, PhD

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Ragnar Palsson, MD

Dr. Palsson studied medicine at the University of Iceland. After moving to the US, he completed his internal medicine residency training at Duke University and subsequently joined the nephrology fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has a broad range of interest in clinical and translational research, with projects focusing on associations of cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease (CKD) and on development of novel biomarkers for prediction of CKD progression. In his free time, he enjoys classical music, piano playing, reading and traveling.

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Arnaud Kaze Djou, MD
Research Trainee

Arnaud holds a medical degree from University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon. After receiving his Masters of Public Health from Harvard University, he joined Dr. Waikar’s group in June 2016 to further his research interests for chronic noncommunicable diseases and kidney diseases. In his spare time, he enjoys watching soccer games and listening to Cameroonian music.

Polly A. Palacios, MSPH
Project Manager

Polly grew up in Florida and attended The University of Miami for her undergraduate degree. Polly went on to attain an MSPH with a concentration in Biostatistician from the University of South Florida and has have spent the past 14 years working in the fields of social behavioral and medical research. Polly excels in developing and maintaining the upmost standards in regulatory, operational, scientific, and administrative domains. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, exploring the New England area, and compulsively indulges in reading mysteries, science-fiction, romances, and pretty much everything that tickles her fancy.

Andrea Depatie
Financial Analyst

Margaret E. Chen, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Maggie grew up in Massachusetts and attended UMass Amherst for her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She joined the Waikar Lab Group in 2015, after participating in a research program with the lab the previous year. She has learned a lot from working in clinical research and is grateful for the mentorship of the physician-researchers she works with. In her free time, she enjoys singing, reading, exploring local restaurants, and hanging out with her Boston area friends.

Salena Cui, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Salena grew up in Ottawa, Canada, and graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a B.A. in Statistics and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. She joined the Waikar Lab Group in 2015 as a Clinical Research Coordinator, interested in contributing to academic medicine and gaining experience working in a hospital. During her time at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she has learned a great deal thanks to the patients she’s met and the doctors and nurses who care for them. She enjoys dancing, running, exploring Boston by bike, and spending time with her roommates.

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Katherine Freedberg, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Kate grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Harvard University, where she concentrated in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. As an undergraduate, she did research on a floral genus called Aquilegia. She joined the Waikar lab as a Clinical Research Coordinator to gain clinical research experience with the goal of eventually applying to medical school. When not at work, Kate enjoys running, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing the bassoon, and rooting for the Red Sox!

Emily A.S. Boerger, BA
Laboratory Coordinator

Emily was born in Columbus, OH, but grew up in Kingston, MA.  She recently graduated from Smith College where she majored in Biochemistry and Spanish.  She did research in numerous basic science labs throughout her undergraduate career; completing her honors thesis during her senior year, studying the effects of cisplatin on DNA base pair opening rates, before deciding to explore clinical research after graduation.  She is currently working as the lab coordinator and hopes to attend medical school in a couple of years. She enjoys synchronized swimming; long train rides via her commute (not really) and playing with her dog, Max!

Emily Christie, BA
Laboratory Staff

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