Meet the Team

The Neuro-Informatics Laboratory team comprises physicians and scientists in addition to numerous research fellows, trainees, Mayo collaborators and students.

Laboratory staff

  • Mohamad Bydon, M.D.

    Principal Investigator

    After graduating from Dartmouth College, Mohamad Bydon held a research trainee position in a Howard Hughes Medical Institute medical investigator laboratory studying stem cell regeneration. He participated in studies that identified the protein Bmi-1 as preventing premature senescence of neural stem cells by repressing Ink4a and Arf.

    Dr. Bydon completed basic science research focusing on neural genetics at Yale School of Medicine, focusing in particular on the genetic basis of intracranial aneurysms and neural developmental disorders.

    Dr. Bydon completed his neurosurgical residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a fellowship in complex spine surgery and spinal oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his time at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Bydon was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health T32 grant that allowed him to conduct biomechanical and outcomes-related research.

    He also had the privilege of serving as assistant director of the Johns Hopkins Biomechanics and Surgical Outcomes Laboratory, where he helped obtain extramural funding to support biomechanical studies evaluating spinal reconstruction after sacral en bloc tumor resection.

    In his current position at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Bydon has appointments in the departments of Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Health Sciences Research. He serves as the vice director of the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N2QOD), the largest neurosurgical registry in North America, supported by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Additionally, he is a medical director for the Mayo Clinic Neurosurgical Registry and Biobank, a prospective registry of all neurosurgical cases at Mayo Clinic.

    As principal investigator of the Mayo Clinic Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, Dr. Bydon has established an impressive publication track record, sustainable extramural funding and an institutional endowment designated to support the laboratory's work.

  • Allie J. Canoy Illies, M.P.H.

    Laboratory Manager

    Allie completed her Master of Public Health with an emphasis on population health analytics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Since graduating, she has been focused on population health outcomes research, including topics such as substance use and addiction and the neurobiology of trauma.

    Allie joined the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic as its laboratory manager in early 2020. Her research interests lie in registry science and predictive analytics of health outcomes.

  • Brandon C. Trammell

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Brandon is a graduate of Creighton University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in biology. Since graduating in 2016, he has been heavily involved in all aspects of clinical trials and patient care. Brandon brings knowledge of proper study conduct of complex, phase 1 clinical trials. Brandon is currently working on his Master' of Public Health from George Washington University.

  • Samantha F. Wallerich, M.H.A.

    Program Coordinator-Research

    Samantha Wallerich completed her Master of Health Administration at Walden University in August of 2020. For the last four years, she has been coordinating complex clinical trials within the Division of Hematology, Acute Leukemia and Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Disease Group. She has been an integral part of implementing education for fellows and inpatient advanced practice providers to improve study accrual and understanding of clinical research.

    Samantha was drawn to the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, as the team is creating new, innovative spaces within the research field. Her interests are in data collection to improve patient care and collaboration.

Residents, fellows, trainees and students

  • Mohammed Ali Alvi, M.B.B.S.

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. Alvi came to Mayo Clinic in March 2016 as a visiting medical student in the Mayo Clinic Department of Neurosurgery and met Dr. Bydon and Panagiotis Kerezoudis, M.D., M.S., a neurologic surgery resident and a member of Dr. Bydon's lab. Dr. Bydon invited Dr. Alvi to one of the laboratory meetings, and he was immediately interested in Dr. Bydon's work. He joined the laboratory as a research trainee in August 2016.

    Dr. Alvi's primary research interests are in using machine learning and artificial intelligence to improve outcomes of patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures, and neuroregeneration. Dr. Alvi also finished his master's in Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program.

    After he completes his research fellowship in the lab, Dr. Alvi intends to pursue a training program in neurologic surgery. He plans to employ the research experience gained during his tenure with the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory to contribute to academic and health care policy-driven research as well as regenerative neuroscience.

  • Abdul Karim A. Ghaith, M.D.

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Ghaith grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, and went to medical school at the Lebanese University-School of Medicine. He graduated in 2018 and started his residency as a preliminary general surgery resident at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). He continued his studies as a second-year neurosurgery resident at the Lebanese American University Medical Center (LAUMC).

    After rotating as a visiting resident in many hospital centers within Canada and the United States, he became attracted to Mayo Clinic for its excellence in patient care. More specifically, he was drawn to Dr. Bydon's Neuro-Informatics Laboratory for its reputation and innovative work in the field of spinal cord injury. Dr. Ghaith's primary research interest centers around improving outcomes in patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures.

    Dr. Ghaith plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in stem cell regenerative medicine before applying for residency programs in neurologic surgery.

  • Anshit (Ansh) Goyal, M.B.B.S., M.S.

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Goyal grew up in India and went to medical school at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi — the highest rated medical school in the region. Dr. Goyal placed first in his entrance exam, over more than 80,000 other medical school applicants.

    Dr. Goyal was a visiting medical student at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, the National Institutes of Health and University of Pennsylvania.

    He came to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2016 to complete a clinical elective rotation in neurologic surgery. He joined the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory in July 2017.

    Dr. Goyal's primary research interests have been surgical outcomes especially neuro-oncology, patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and opioid use in neurosurgery. He has helped develop the Mayo Clinic Neurosurgical Registry and a practice analytics dashboard. He also completed a master's degree in clinical and translational science from the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) with a focus on opioid prescription practices in spine surgery.

    Following completion of his research fellowship, Dr. Goyal aspires to complete a neurosurgical residency in the U.S.

  • Ryan M. Jarrah, B.S.

    Graduate Research Education Program (GREP) Student

    Ryan graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and biotechnology. While pursuing his education and working in biological academia, Ryan gained a deep appreciation for scientific research by studying protein interactions, polymer developments and genetic mutations. However, Ryan's true passion was correlating molecular theories to evidence-based medicine and participating in clinical research, leading him to complete his research in areas including radiation oncology, opioid abuse and pain management, obstetrics and gynecology, and neurosurgery. It was his interest in the latter that led him to joining Dr. Bydon's Neuro-Informatics Lab in 2020, where he was amazed at the devotion, innovation and scholarship displayed by the lab's personnel. Ryan also appreciated the lab's efforts of being the frontiers in neurosurgical advancements and cutting-edge techniques.

    During his tenure, Ryan aims to investigate the genetic and clinical components behind neurological pathologies, while also characterizing efficient and modern therapies to neurosurgical practice. Ryan also has a strong research interest in biofluidics, stem cell therapy, gene therapy, along with the psychosocial determinants of health and their relevance to neurosurgery. After his graduate research experience in informatics, Ryan aspires to go to medical school to pursue a career as a physician. He also hopes to continue his work in research and ultimately become a principal investigator.

  • Giorgos Michalopoulos, M.D.

    Research Fellow

    Born and raised in Greece, Giorgos graduated from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2020. As a student, he did a subinternship in the Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he met Dr. Bydon and the rest of the team. He joined the lab in the fall of 2020.

    Giorgos is particularly interested in neuro-oncology, epidemiology, machine learning and skull base surgery.

  • F M Moinuddin, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. Moinuddin graduated from medical school in 2003 from the University of Dhaka, the most reputable university in Bangladesh. After completing his internship, he worked in the Department of Neurosurgery at Uttara Adhunik Medical College in Bangladesh.

    In 2013, he joined the Department of Neurosurgery at Kagoshima University in Japan, where he received the prestigious Dean's Award in the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences. Dr. Moinuddin's doctoral work examined the molecular components of multidrug chemotherapy resistance in cancer cells.

    After completing his research fellowship at Kagoshima University, Dr. Moinuddin joined the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in August 2017. He has a specific interest in projects involving stem cell therapy in spinal cord injury.

  • Chiduziem E. Onyedimma

    Research Trainee

    Chiduziem first came to Mayo Clinic on a spring break shadowing experience in 2017, during his first years as a medical student; he was introduced to Dr. Bydon who invited him to attend that week's laboratory meeting. He was fortunate to work with members of the Neuro-Informatics Lab on his summer research project between his first and second years as a medical student attending Meharry Medical College.

    In April 2020, Chiduziem was inducted as a Vanderbilt Medical Scholar (VMS). The VMS program allows for a one-year funded research experience in the basic or translational sciences and is open to both Meharry and Vanderbilt students. His growing interests in the work that was ongoing at Mayo motivated him to seek a position as a research trainee in the Neuro-Informatics Lab.

    Chiduziem's research relates to spinal neurosurgical outcomes. He is also an active proponent of global neurosurgery and seeks to have a positive impact in his home country of Nigeria. Currently he is a fourth-year medical student engaged in research related to spinal cord injury in the rat model. After his year of research, he plans to complete his final year of medical education at Meharry while preparing his residency application. His goal is to match in neurosurgery.

  • Yagiz U. Yolcu, M.D.

    Research Fellow

    Dr. Yolcu graduated from Acibadem University School of Medicine in Istanbul. He aspires to become a neurosurgeon and has a strong interest in neuro-oncology. After visiting various hospitals and clinics in Europe and the United States, he decided to continue his career in the U.S.

    Dr. Yolcu was attracted to Mayo Clinic for its excellence in patient care, education and research. He was keen to work for the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory because of its focus on researching surgical outcomes, patient care improvements and cutting-edge techniques. After gaining sufficient research experience, Dr. Yolcu plans to apply for residency in the Neurologic Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.