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Leyuan Ma, PhD

Leyuan Ma

Dr. Ma focuses on immune engineering. He leverages genetic, chemistry, and engineering tools to dissect immune cell-cell and cell-tissue crosstalk and harness these crosstalk mechanisms to develop biomaterials, protein, and cell-based precision immunotherapies for cancer and autoimmune diseases.

Lisa MacDowell, MBA, CPA, CIA

Lisa MacDowell

Advances the Research Institute’s commitment to the development of shared resources that facilitate interdisciplinary research through numerous Core facilities that service both laboratory and clinical research programs.

Suzanne P. MacFarland, MD

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Dr. MacFarland's research focuses on syndromes that predispose to cancer development in children and adolescents. She has initiated several individual and collaborative research projects, working in pediatric polyposis syndromes and Li-Fraumeni syndrome. She is uncovering novel genomic drivers of disease and identifying biomarkers of cancer onset and progression.

Ana Maria Manrique Espinel, MD

Ana Maria Manrique Espinel

Dr. Manirque Espinel is an attending anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at CHOP and a professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on pediatric anesthesiology.

Paris Margaritis, DPhil

Paris Margaritis

Dr. Margaritis uses biochemical, molecular, and complex in vivo methodology within the field of coagulation to advance the understanding of molecular mechanisms involved in pro- and anti-coagulant reactions, and translate research for the treatment of coagulation defects.

John M. Maris, MD

John M. Maris

Dr. Maris investigates the molecular and genetic mechanisms contributing to the development and progression of neuroblastoma, a common childhood cancer. He also aims to develop new molecular diagnostic tests and less toxic, targeted therapies to treat relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma, including a major effort in immunotherapy discovery and development.

Michael S. Marks, PhD

Michael S. Marks

Dr. Marks investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying the formation of cell type-specific lysosome-related organelles; the assembly, delivery and function of their contents; and how these processes are impacted by genetic diseases.

Eric D. Marsh, MD, PhD

Eric D. Marsh

Dr. Marsh's research program focuses on understanding how changes in brain development lead to epilepsy, intellectual disability, and autism. He combines molecular and physiological tools in mouse models to ask questions about the interaction of normal development with single gene mutations to determine how the brain responds to perturbations in development.

Maria R. Mascarenhas, MBBS

Maria R. Mascarenhas

Dr. Mascarenhas is director of the Nutrition Support Service, section chief of nutrition in the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, medical director of the Clinical Nutrition Department, and director of the Integrative Health Program. Her research interests involve 22q deletion syndrome, cystic fibrosis, nutrition, and integrative medicine.

James Massey, RN, BSN, MBA

James Massey, RN, BSN, MBA

James Massey provides operational oversight of the Pediatrics Research Consortium (PeRC), including administrative and financial planning for future research projects that use the practice-based research network.

Shavonne L. Massey, MD, MSCE

Shavonne L. Massey

Dr. Massey's research focuses on epilepsy, diagnosis and management of seizures in high risk neonatal populations, and EEG biomarker development

Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, FACSM

Christina L. Master

Dr. Master studies pediatric and adolescent concussions and identifies interventions that improve time to recovery and clinical outcomes. In particular, she is interested in visual and vestibular problems that occur after concussion that may contribute to persisting prolonged symptomatology and impaired function and the role they play as targets for active intervention.

Stephen R. Master, MD, PhD

Stephen R. Master

Dr. Master works to understand the biochemical pathways related to inborn errors of metabolism, particularly as they relate to mitochondrial function. He also focuses on bioinformatics and machine learning solutions to problems in mass spectrometry and laboratory medicine.

Peter Mattei, MD

Peter Mattei

Dr. Mattei is an attending physician in the Division of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery and specializes in pediatric surgical oncology, inflammatory bowel disease, and minimally invasive and robotic surgery. His research interests are in oncology and IBD.

Shannon L. Maude, MD, PhD

Shannon L. Maude

Dr. Maude focuses on novel therapies for high-risk and relapsed pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). She aims to identify new pediatric ALL treatments that are more effective, less toxic, and exhibit fewer side effects than existing cancer therapies.

Jennifer A. Mautone, PhD

Jennifer A. Mautone

Dr. Mautone's research focuses on assessment and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She has expertise in family-school-health system collaboration, classroom consultation, and integrated behavioral health in primary care settings. She has a special interest in increasing access to high-quality, culturally competent care for underserved children and families.

Oscar H. Mayer, DO

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Dr. Mayer's research interests center on chronic respiratory failure, the pulmonary manifestations of neuromuscular disease, and assessing and managing patients with complex chest wall and spine disease.

Stephanie L. Mayne, PhD, MHS

Stephanie L. Mayne

Dr. Mayne is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on preventing cardiovascular disease and promoting healthy behaviors in children and their families. She employs multilevel and longitudinal methods to study how factors at the individual, family, neighborhood, and policy level influence risk factor behaviors and cardiometabolic outcomes. She is also engaged in research to promote innovation in pediatric primary care.

Shana E. McCormack, MD, MTR

Shana E. McCormack

Dr. McCormack investigates the intersection of neuroendocrinology and metabolism. Her translational research program involves two areas. The first involves studying those with genetic disorders, including primary mitochondrial diseases and Friedreich's ataxia, with characterized risk for diabetes mellitus. Second, Dr. McCormack focuses on brain disorders associated with excess weight gain, including brain tumor-related hypothalamic obesity syndrome and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, FAAN

Catherine C. McDonald

Dr. McDonald is a pediatric nurse scientist building a focused program of research aimed at promoting health and reducing injury in youth.

Valerie McGoldrick, RN, BSN

Valerie McGoldrick

As the research nurse coordinator at PeRC, McGoldrick understands each of the Kid’s First and Primary Care Centers’ individual operating practices and their needs in contributing to research initiatives as a part of the PeRC team.

Sharon McGrath-Morrow, MBA, MD

Sharon A. McGrath-Morrow

Dr. McGrath-Morrow is associate chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and leader of the Post-preemie Lung Disease Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her research seeks to link early life events with adult lung health and biomarker discovery for future trials.

Kristin J. McKenna, MD, MPH

Kristin J. McKenna, MD, MPH

Dr. McKenna has an interest in congenital renal and genitourinary anomalies, acute kidney injury and chronic renal insufficiency in the neonate.

Shemeika McLaren

Shemeika McLaren

Shemeika McLaren is dedicated to community health and works as a program resource coordinator for the Mitchell Lab.

Patrick McMahon, MD

Patrick McMahon

Dr. McMahon is a pediatric dermatologist and healthcare innovator whose research focuses on telemedicine, specifically teledermatology.

Jay Mehta, MD, MS

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Dr. Mehta serves as Program Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Denise M. Melvin, MSM, RBP

Denise M. Melvin

Oversees three departments committed to the health and safety of Research Institute staff and serves as the Institutional Biosafety Officer.

Jamie Merves, MD

Jamie Merves

Dr. Merves has a background in basic and clinical translational research in eosinophilic esophagitis. Her more recent focus is clinical research in the pediatric short-bowel population. Dr. Merves is currently evaluating blenderized feeding in the pediatric short bowel population.

Kevin E. C. Meyers, MBBCh

Kevin E. C. Meyers, MBBCh

Dr. Meyers' research addresses ways to help improve outcomes in children with nephrotic syndrome and hypertension.

Madeline D. Miano, MD

Madeline D. Miano

Dr. Madelilne Miano is an attending anesthesiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and assistant professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on pediatric anesthesiology.

Hermon Miliard Derbew, MD

Hermon Miliard Derbew

Dr. Miliard Derbew is a radiologist from Ethiopia, who is currently a Global Outreach and Education Research Fellow in the Department of Radiology.

Victoria A. Miller, PhD

Victoria A. Miller

Dr. Miller conducts developmentally informed behavioral research to examine the impact of parent-youth communication and decision making on health-related behaviors and outcomes. She aims to conduct research that facilitates youth involvement and empowerment in health-related decision making and enhances parent-youth-provider relationships.

Judith S. Miller, PhD, MS

Judith S. Miller

Dr. Miller's research focuses on diagnostic and outcome issues, including differentiating autism from other genetic and psychiatric conditions, diagnostic and outcome studies across the lifespan, early identification and screening, and improving systems of care.

Mustafa Mir, PhD

Mustafa Mir, PhD

Dr. Mir develops and applies advanced fluorescence microscopy and single molecule imaging methods to study the dynamics of nuclear organization and transcriptional regulation during early embryonic development.

Monica Miranda-Schaeubinger, MD, MSPH

Monica Miranda-Schaeubinger

Dr. Miranda-Schaeubinger is a research assistant with an interest in Patient Safety and Quality.

Jonathan A. Mitchell, PhD

Jonathan A. Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell's research aims to explain variations in childhood growth patterns related to the causes and prevention of diseases in later life. This includes studying the impact of behaviors and genes on body composition during development, especially childhood sleep and physical activity behavior.

Cynthia J. Mollen, MD, MSCE

Cynthia J. Mollen

Dr. Mollen's research career has been focusing on using non traditional setting as sites for interventions to improve adolescent reproductive health. She founded and oversees a research program in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Emergency Department that provides sexual health education and HIV testing services, and explores intervention opportunities for increasing access to reproductive health services in the ED.

Dimitrios S. Monos, PhD

Dimitrios S. Monos

Dr. Monos is an internationally recognized expert on histocompatibility (HLA) molecules. His work covers a wide spectrum of HLA-related issues that pertain to both the molecular (structure/function) aspects of HLAs, as well as the genetics of the major histocompatibility complex, that includes the genes encoding the HLA molecules.

Nina R. Montoya

Nina R. Montoya

Nina Montoya is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology program at the University of Pennsylvania.