Department of Medicine

Lab Staff

Rebecca Levit, MD

Dr. Levit came to Emory in 2007 after graduating from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She spent 7 years doing research and clinical training in cardiovascular disease. In 2014 she joined the faculty in the Division of Cardiology and is continuing her work on clinically translatable stem cell therapies for cardiovascular disease.

Kimberly Cooney

Kim is a post-doctoral fellow studying the regulation of neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation. She is specifically focused on intracellular signaling downstream of adenosine receptors that regulate NETs.

Sydney Ginn

Sydney is a biomedical engineering PhD student researching the role of cardiac lymphatics in heart transplant. Her work focuses on how lymphatic drainage effects stem cell trafficking and organ survival.

Natasja Hirabayashi

Natasja is a biomedical engineering PhD student co-advised by Nick Willet in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Her research focus is the immune system in cardiac and bone injury and regeneration.

Juline Deppen

Juline Deppen has been a PhD student in the Levit lab since September 2016. She is a graduate student in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at both Emory University and Georgia Tech. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Juline graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. Juline is currently working to optimize the use of mesenchymal stem cells to treat peripheral artery disease, eventually translating the therapy into a large animal model.

Michael Sayegh

Michael is an MD/PhD student focused on developing immune modulatory biomaterials. His research focuses on functionalizing hydrogels to augment cardiac adenosine levels by incorporating the ectonucleotidases CD73 and CD39.

Lanfang Wang

Dr. Lanfang Wang is technician in the Levit lab. She has been working in biomedical research for 20 years. She has experience with primary cell culture, cells encapsulation, immunofluorescence staining, western blot and other techniques.