Yogen Kanthi, MD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Cardiovascular and Vascular Medicine

University of Michigan


Twitter: @yogenkanthi

Dr. Kanthi is an Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine. He completed his residency training Internal Medicine at University Hospitals Case Western Reserve University, and served as the Department's Chief Medical Resident in 2008, after which he joined the University of Michigan for a Cardiovascular Medicine and a Vascular Medicine fellowship. Dr. Kanthi did an NIH-funded post-doctoral research fellowship with Dr. David J. Pinsky in vascular biology focused on mechanotransduction and atherosclerosis in arteries.

Following his research fellowship, he did a year of dedicated clinical vascular medicine training during which he recognized the need for advancement in treatments for patients with venous thrombosis (DVT) and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Dr. Kanthi joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2014, and has made DVT and PAD the focus of his translational research laboratory. As a faculty member, he has been awarded a Young Physician Scientist Award by the American Society of Clinical Investigation. His academic interests focus on understanding the pathological processes that lead to innate immune activation in venous thrombosis, vein graft disease, and mechanotransduction in the vessel wall. Dr. Kanthi is board certified in Internal Medicine, and Cardiovascular Medicine.

Vinita Yadav, PhD

Research Lab Specialist


*Highlighted Presentation at the plenary session of the University of Michigan Internal Medicine Research Symposium 2017

Research Interest: Biochemistry, Cell molecular biology.

Hobbies: Gardening, yarn & fabric crafting, reading spiritual and philosophical books/articles.

Liguo Chi, MD PhD


Dr. Liguo Chi joined the group as a lab surgeon in 2016. He holds a M.D. from Norman Bethune Medical University in China and received Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan. Prior to working with this group, Dr. Chi worked at a number of pharmaceutical companies (Parke-Davis, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Gilead) as a research scientist focusing on drug discovery and development. His research areas involved thrombosis/anticoagulants, arrhythmia, heart failure, myocardial ischemia injury, and pulmonary hypertension. Currently, Dr. Chi is working on several animal models and supporting multiple research projects in the lab.

Alison Banka

Graduate student: Chemical Engineering


*Oral Presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2018 (Sol Sherry Distinguished Lecture session)

Alison is a native Michigander who received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2013. After spending a couple years in the real world, she returned to UM as a PhD student where she studies vascular inflammation and veno-arterial thrombosis, with one foot in mechanistic biology (Kanthi Lab), and the other in novel therapeutic design (Eniola Lab). In her free time not spent in lab, Alison can be found hiding indoors from the Michigan winters, relaxing on the beach, and watching college football (all depending on the season).

Raymond Zhao

Undergraduate: Biomedical engineering

*Esperance Fellow, poster presentations at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, and Internal Medicine Research Symposia (2017, 2018)

Raymond recently graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering student from the University of Michigan. He joined the lab in 2017 through the CVC summer fellowship program. Since then, he has been studying inflammation in venous thrombosis, and will start medical school at U-M in fall, 2019. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, running, Netflix, and occasionally video games.

Gillian Cady, MS

Research Lab Specialist

Joined, January 2019

Gillian comes to us with a little over a decade of biomedical research experience in a variety of fields, including cancer biology, cancer immunology, aging, molecular genetics, diabetes, and metabolism. She completely loves her career in biomedical research and tries to be in the lab doing science as much as possible. She is a lover of all things dealing with biology and science (a complete nerd). Inside and outside of the lab she is a Crohn’s Disease Warrior and advocate for people facing Inflammatory Bowel Disease and those with chronic autoimmune diseases, which is part of what drives her in her research to help more people. When she isn’t reading journal articles or performing experiments she loves to rock climb (indoor mostly at Planet Rock), watch almost any kind of sport, running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to be back in the University of Michigan/Michigan Medicine community performing top notch research.

Brianna Giese

Undergraduate student: Microbiology

*Stamps Scholar

*Stamps Summer Research Fellowship

Brianna is a sophomore Stamps Scholar and joined the lab in 2017. She has been studying mechanotransduction in endothelial cells. She recently transferred out of engineering to study Microbiology as well as take classes in the arts, philosophy, and Spanish. She is often found biking across campus, lifting weights, cooking up a (healthy) storm, reading, and maintaining an 8-hour sleep schedule. She is also currently the proud foster parent of King Ramses, a cat with feline leukemia from Leuk's Landing.

Jessica Wang

Undergraduate student: Biochemistry

*U-M LSA Summer Research Fellowship

Jessica is a freshman biochemistry student with a minor in computer science who recently joined the lab. As a New Yorker, the land of Ann Arbor is another city yet to be explored. She believes that research is a key element for progress, and is eager to continue learning and building on existing concepts. In her free time, she can be found listening to records in her dorm, drinking tea from her classical Chinese tea set, and struggling but persevering to conquer difficult concepts in organic chemistry and calculus.

Nishant Chava

Undergraduate: major TBD

Nishant is a freshman undergraduate student at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and his favorite subjects are biology, chemistry, and statistics. He hopes to expand on his knowledge of these subjects through research. He is from Northville, Michigan and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine. In his free time, he will probably be hanging out in his dorm's lounges or playing tennis on the Palmer Field tennis courts.

Bharath Yalavarthi

Undergraduate: major TBD

Bharath is a freshman undergraduate who is currently undecided about what he wants to study. He is from Ann Arbor, so he knows and loves the area. He is passionate about the fields of biology and chemistry, so research was a great way for him to gain a deeper understanding of these subjects. When he is outside of the lab, he loves playing soccer and pool with friends and watching sports.

Lab Alumni

Kinsey Vear, BS

University of Michigan (Biological Anthropology)

Current: Physician assistant, Shirley Ryan Spinal Injury Rehab Hospital

*1st Prize-Undergraduate Research, Taubman Medical Research Institute Symposium 2016

Kinsey graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017. She grew up sailing in the Upper Peninsula, and rowed on the UM Crew team. She helped her team place 2nd at the NCAA in her final year, and after graduating early she returned as an assistant coach. In the lab, Kinsey did the early studies on mechanoresponsiveness of CD39 in human primary endothelial cells. She is currently working as a physician's assistant at the Shirley Ryan Spinal Injury Rehab Hospital in Chicago. Kinsey has plans to attend medical school at the University of Michigan in 2019, and continue exploring the world.

Sheetal Maragiri, BA

Washington & Jefferson College (Cell & Molecular Biology)

Current: Medical student year 3, Michigan State University

Sheetal completed her undergraduate degree at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania where she majored in Cell and Molecular Biology and minored in Spanish. She studied the implications of CD39 delivery via exosomes in conditions of Stroke and DVT in murine models. Following undergrad, Sheetal joined the AmeriCorps VISTA at a nonprofit health clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is now a 3rd year medical student at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Sheetal is involved in several clinical research projects, including observing radiation exposure risk in members of the Interventional Cardiology Lab and analyzing clinical outcome data in complex cardiac patients following various recommendations of care by a multi-disciplinary heart team.

Jessica Waninger, BS

St. Mary's University (Exercise and Sport Science)

Current: Medical student year 4, University of Michigan School of Medicine MD/PhD program

Jess attended undergrad at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas where she received a B.S in Biology, B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science, and a minor in Chemistry. Jess spent a summer studying CD39, before joining the MSTP at the University of Michigan. Currently she is in my 4th year of the program (2nd year of her PhD, Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology) where she uses biophysical techniques to study protein-protein interactions in cancer.

Evan Chen, BS

University of Michigan (Biomedical Engineering)

Current: Medical student year 1, Central Michigan University School of Medicine

Evan is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering. He spent a year in Seattle working at the nonprofit organization, SightLife, and is currently an M1 at the Central Michigan University School of Medicine. Evan spent his freshman year working with Dr. Kanthi studying CD39 expression in endothelial cells which sparked his interest in research and medicine. In his free time, Evan enjoys playing basketball and spending his Sundays watching NFL Red Zone.