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

  • Samantha F. Wallerich, M.H.A.

    • Senior Program Coordinator and Research Lab Manager

    Samantha Wallerich completed her Master of Healthcare 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. She joined the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory in December of 2020 as a Program Coordinator and moved into the senior program coordinator and lab manager positions in August 2021. Her interests are in data collection to improve patient care and collaboration.

  • Paige E. Schreifels, B.S.

    • Program Coordinator — Research

    Paige graduated from the University of Wisconsin — Oshkosh in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. While pursuing her education, she was involved in several areas of psychological research that served to cultivate her interest in the research field.

    For the last few years, she has been a clinical research coordinator with Mayo Clinic's Division of Medical Oncology, coordinating complex, therapeutic breast cancer clinical trials. Paige joined the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory in August 2022 and is interested in improving patient care by facilitating research project implementation.

  • Ryan M. Jarrah, B.S.

    • Clinical Research Coordinator

    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.

  • Osha W. Grant, B.A.

    • Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

    Osha graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. She started her career with Mayo Clinic as a research technologist with Biospecimen Accessioning and Processing (BAP) Sample Intake. After migrating to Bone and Marrow Transplant (BMT) as a clinical research coordinator, she coordinated high-risk clinical trials for patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and assumed the role as lead coordinator for our sister Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona and Florida. Osha became interested in the Neuro-Informatics Lab as an opportunity to learn about a different research field and expand her skill sets.

Residents, fellows, trainees and students

  • F M Moinuddin, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

    • Research Associate

    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 Mayo Clinic's Neuro-Informatics Laboratory in August 2017. He has a specific interest in projects involving stem cell therapy in spinal cord injury.

  • 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. He continued his studies as a second-year neurosurgery resident at the Lebanese American University Medical Center.

    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.

  • Giorgos Michalopoulos, M.D.

    • Research Fellow

    Born and raised in Greece, Dr. Michalopoulos 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 Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, where he met Dr. Bydon and the rest of the team. He joined the lab in the fall of 2020.

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

  • Cameron A. Zamanian, B.S.

    • Graduate Research Education Program (GREP) Student

    Cameron graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Following his pre-medical education, Cameron pursued a research position at the Surgical & Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the Prince of Wales Clinical School in Sydney, Australia. During this fellowship, he was able to appreciate how clinical observations translated into research questions with the ultimate goal to improve the lives of patients. After returning to the U.S., Cameron was eager to continue engaging at the forefront of robust translational and clinical research. He joined the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory in early 2021.

    While Cameron has been involved in several research projects at the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, his main interests are in robotic surgical technology and regenerative bioengineering. He aims to gain a deeper understanding of these emerging fields during his graduate research experience as he prepares to apply to medical school.

  • Karim R. Nathani, M.B.B.S.

    • Research Fellow

    Dr. Nathani graduated from the Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan. Since medical school, he has been involved in neurologic surgical research and continued working on multiple projects following graduation. He completed his medical internship at Dow University Hospital Ojha Campus in September 2021.

    In October 2021, Dr. Nathani joined Dr. Bydon's lab as a research trainee. His primary research interests are machine learning and artificial intelligence to evaluate outcomes of patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures and the role of multi-omics in neuroregeneration following trauma.

    After completing his research fellowship, Dr. Nathani intends to pursue a neurologic surgical residency and employ his research experience in the clinical practice of the physician-scientist trajectory.

  • Patrick M. Flanigan, M.D.

    • Neurosurgery Resident

    Patrick Flanigan, a native of Austin, Texas, obtained his undergraduate degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, on a full-ride academic scholarship. While at university, he played two collegiate division III sports — soccer and swimming. After graduating with a degree in biochemistry in 2013, he attended a five-year medical school program at the Cleveland Clinic, again with a full scholarship.

    Dr. Flanigan is currently a fifth-year resident with a career and research focus in spine surgery. He is particularly interested in innovation, biomechanics and device development. He sees Dr. Bydon as an ideal mentor to foster his aim to one day become a leader in the field of spine surgery.

  • Sarah E. Johnson

    • Research Trainee

    Born in Kuwait and raised in Canada, Saudi Arabia and India, Dr. Johnson graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in 2022. After her clinical rotations and research experiences at Mayo Clinic, the University of Illinois — Chicago, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, Sarah joined the Neuro-Informatics Lab in August 2022. Dr. Johnson's primary research interests include epidemiology, neuro-oncology, quality improvement concerning surgical outcomes and machine learning application in neurosurgery.