Lab Staff

Vidu Garg, MD

Principal Investigator
CV and Publications

Vidu Garg is Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research and the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University. He also serves as Director of Translational Research and is a board-certified practicing pediatric cardiologist in the Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Garg completed his pediatric residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 1997 after which he spent five years at University of Texas Southwestern completing his pediatric cardiology training and a post-doctoral research fellowship in cardiac development and cardiovascular genetics. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at University of Texas Southwestern before returning to Nationwide Children’s. Dr. Garg’s research laboratory focuses on molecular pathways controlling cardiac development and the genetics of congenital heart disease.

Madhumita Basu

Research Assistant Professor

Madhumita received her Ph.D. in human molecular genetics from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Calcutta, India. She worked on understanding the Gene-gene interaction and functional impact of single nucleotide polymorphisms on innate immune genes in controlling Plasmodium falciparum blood infection level in Eastern Indian population. After graduating, Madhumita moved to USA in 2013 and joined Garg lab for her Postdoctoral training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and worked on elucidating the epigenetic mechanisms underlying maternal hyperglycemia associated risk of congenital heart defects using in vitro and murine models. Starting July, 2018, Madhumita received the American Heart Association Career Development Award for three years and currently working on investigating mechanisms involving cell-lineage specific response to altered hyperglycemic doses that lead to phenotypic variability in maternal diabetes mediated cardiac defects.

Uddalak Majumdar

Post-Doctoral Scientist

Uddalak received his PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Calcutta, India in 2013. Before joining Nationwide Children's Hospital, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He joined the Garg lab in 2015.

Uddalak is working on elucidating the molecular mechanism and role of nitric oxide in regulation of Notch signaling during heart development, and how this interaction is altered in disease pathogenesis.

Sara Fitzgerald-Butt

Genetic Counselor/Clinical Research Coordinator

Sara received her MS degree in genetic counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Sara runs the recruitment for multiple research studies and her own research interests include perceived recurrence risk and quality of informed consent.

Sathiyanarayanan Manivannan 

Post-doctoral Scientist 

Sathiya received his Ph. D from the Ohio State University, Columbus OH, in molecular, cellular and developmental biology in 2015. He worked on Drosophila wing development and RNA biology under the mentorship of Dr. Amanda Simcox. After receiving his Ph. D., he underwent a postdoctoral training under Dr. Hugo Bellen at the Baylor College of Medicine for two years. At Baylor, he worked on modeling rare genetic disorders in flies. 

He joined the Garg lab in 2017 and is currently involved in projects aimed at uncovering the genetic and epigenetic underpinnings of congenital heart disorders using various model systems. 

Emily Morris Cameron

Senior Research Associate 

Emily received her MS degree in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University in 2016. She began working at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2011 and transferred into the Garg Lab in July of 2017. 

Adrianna P. Matos-Nieves

Graduate Student

Adrianna received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla in 2015. She is a graduate student in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Ph.D. program and The Ohio State University. She joined the Garg Lab in 2016 and is currently involved in projects that aim to understand the molecular mechanisms that govern the development of the cardiac outflow tract.

Cody Magnuson 

Graduate Student 

Cody received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Zoology from North Dakota State University in 2017. He is currently a graduate student in the Division of Anatomy at The Ohio State University and joined the Garg Lab in 2018. 

Paige Sanchez 

Clinical Research Coordinator 

Paige received her MEng in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University. Paige runs the recruitment for multiple research studies, she joined the lab in 2018. 

Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students

  • Sara Koenig, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University
  • Chetan Hans, PhD: Assistant Professor, University of Missouri
  • Kevin Bosse, PhD: Regulatory Specialist, Nationwide Children’s Research Institute
  • Chaitali Misra, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois
  • Elizabeth Bonachea, PhD: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at The Ohio State University
  • Sheng-Wei Chang, PhD: Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • Asha Acharya, PhD: Instructor in the Department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern
  • Meenakshi Maitra, PhD: Assistant professor of Biology, University of Texas Dallas
  • Ashleigh Richards Payne, MD: Private practice physician in Dallas, Texas
  • Nita Sachan, PhD: Head Strategy and Solutions, Medical Technology and Healthcare, Cyient
  • Caryn Rothrock, PhD: Strategic Account Manager, GE Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Stephanie LaHaye, PhD: Post-Doctoral Scientist, Institute of Genomic Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Research Staff

  • Darian Bauer: Clinical Research Coordinator, The Ohio State University
  • Nianyuan Huang: Research Associate at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Hubert Pan: Medical Student at The University of California, San Diego
  • Haley Nichols: Physician Assistant Student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Amanda Krysiak: Dental Student at the Baylor College of Dentistry
  • Marie Schluterman Burdine: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • James Feller: Graduate Student at The Ohio State University
  • Amelia Cephas: Graduate Student at The Ohio State University