Lab Personnel

photo of Mourad Ogbi, BS

Mourad Ogbi, BS

  • Sr Research Associate
  • Project: Role of prostaglandin D2 receptor in abdominal aortic aneurysm formation


photo of Hong Shi, MD

Hong Shi, MD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Project: Role of perivascular adipose tissue in regulating endothelial dysfunction in the context of systemic lupus erythematosus

Ronnie Chouhaita

  • Research Assistant

Praneet Veerapaneni

  • Research Assistant

Stephen Cave

  • Student Assistant
photo of David Kim

David Kim

  • MD/ PhD Student
  • Project: Role of long non-coding RNAs in neointima hyperplasia




Weintraub lab- Dr. Mourad Ogbi
David Kim
Weintraub lab- Dr. Ahmadieh




Member Activities & News

Cardiovascular Doctor

The Intersection

MCG Magazine
February 1, 2022

There is a bidirectional intersection of the nation’s top two killers that scientists want to better understand and disrupt.

Cardiovascular disease and cancer often occur in the same people, potentially in large part because the two very common conditions share risk factors like obesity, which promotes inflammation, a key driver for both.

Medical College of Georgia scientists have mounting evidence that obesity also puts those with cancer at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and vice versa.




GRA lab 2023

GRA Student Scholars 2023

Fourteen undergraduate students from Georgia spent their summer working alongside some of the most accomplished scientists in their fields. Three of those have been working in Dr. Neal Weintraub's lab.

Montanta Cagle, McCalyster Turner and Quinkivia Williams all from Paine College.

“My internship experience was amazing,” reports Quinkivia Williams, a Paine College student who joined the lab of GRA Eminent Scholar Neal Weintraub at Augusta University. “While putting together presentations, I learned how important it is for engagement with the community to help reduce cancer disparities in different races.”


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Brandee Goo successfully defined her PhD thesis entitled: The role of histone deacetylase 9 (HDAC9) in adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and aging" on May 31, 2023.  Dr. Goo will continue pursuing her MD at the Medical College of Georgia. 


Brandee Goo

Brandee Goo -
Basic Cardiovascular Sciences New Investigator Travel Award - July 2022

NIH National Institute on Aging F30 Predoctoral Fellowship - Aug 2022 to May 2025
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship -  Jan 2022 to Aug2022





Tyler Benson

Tyler Benson -
receives PhD with Distinction!



Dr. Neal Weintarub and Erica Boeson

Neal Weintraub with Erica Boesen

Ross McIntyre Award from University of Nebraska 2020







Brandee Gee lab shot

Brandee Goo-

MD/ PhD Student  in lab










Drs. Nichole Yiew and Neal Weintraub

Nichole Yiew -

Pharmacology graduate student in the lab with Dr. Weintraub







AHA Donor poster-Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

AHA Donor Appreciation poster “Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – The silent killer”











AHA donor appreciation Meet ‘N’ Greet

AHA donor appreciation Meet ‘N’ Greet










AHA donor appreciation Meet ‘N’ Greet

AHA donor appreciation Meet ‘N’ Greet