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.

  • Brandon C. Trammell, B.S.

    • Program Coordinator — Research

    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.

  • 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.

    • Program Coordinator — Research

    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.

    • 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 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.

  • Sally El Sammak, M.D.

    • Research Fellow

    Dr. El Sammak was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and is a graduate of the American University of Beirut. She obtained her medical degree in 2020 and became a research fellow at the Nehme & Therese Tohme Multiple Sclerosis Center at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

    Dr. El Sammak become familiar with the Neuro-Informatics Lab through its pioneering achievements in spinal cord injury and became eager to expand her research career under the mentoring of Dr. Bydon. She joined the lab as a research fellow in 2021. Her primary clinical research interest as a research fellow focuses on improving patient care, establishing new treatments, and working as a catalyst between neurosurgery and neurology to improve patient outcomes.

    Dr. El Sammak plans on pursuing a master's degree in clinical and translational science to further strengthen her skills as a researcher and implement her learning and experience into her current post and future residency.

  • William J. Mualem, B.S.

    • Research Trainee

    William joined the Neuro-Informatics Lab in summer 2021 after completing his third year of medical school at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He joins the lab with years of experience in basic science and clinical research both as an undergraduate student at Georgetown University, researching within the Lab for Brain Injury and Dementia with Mark P. Burns, Ph.D., and Sonia Villapol, Ph.D., and as a medical student working with the neurosurgery department at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

    William was drawn to the Neuro-Informatics Lab particularly for its focus on improving surgical outcomes for patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures. Following completion of his year as a research trainee, William plans to submit his application to neurosurgical residency programs.

  • 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.