Samah Ahmadieh, MD

Samah Ahmadieh, MD

Mercer University School of Medicine 


Currently working on:

Epigenetic regulation of Histone Deacetylase 9 (HDAC9) in Cardiometabolic Disease”


Neder, T.H., Dunaway, L.S., Ho, D.H., Ahmadieh, S., Weintraub, N. and Pollock, J.S. (2020), HDAC9 over-expression increases vascular ET-1 and TLR4 mRNA abundance. The FASEB Journal, 34: 1-1.

Goo, B., Ahmadieh, S., Zarzour, A., Greenway, J., Ogbi, M., Lei, Y., Lu, X.-Y., Belin de Chantemele, E., Kim, H.W. and Weintraub, N. (2021), Role of histone deacetylase 9 in the development of adipose tissue senescence. The FASEB Journal, 35:.

Ahmadieh, S., Goo, B., Zarzour, A., Greenway, J., Kim, D., Ogbi, M., Lei, Y., Lu, X.-Y., Kim, H.W. and Weintraub, N. (2021), Sex-dependent role of adipose tissue HDAC9 in diet-induced obesity and metabolic dysfunction [Abstract]. New Trends in Sex and Gender Medicine, American Physiological Society Conference, Virtual, October 19-22, 2021,   

Horimatsu, T., Blomkalns, A., Ogbi, M., Moses, M., Kim, D., Patel, S., Gilreath, N., Reid, L., Benson, T., Pye, J., Ahmadieh, S., Thompson, A., Robbins, N., Mann, A., Edgell, A., Benjamin, S., Stansfield, B., Huo, Y., Fulton, D., Agarwal, G., Singh, N., Offermanns, S., Weintraub, N. and Kim, H., 2019. Niacin protects against abdominal aortic aneurysm formation via GPR109A independent mechanisms: role of NAD+/nicotinamide. Cardiovascular Research,.

Yiew, N., Greenway, C., Zarzour, A., Ahmadieh, S., Goo, B., Kim, D., Benson, T., Ogbi, M., Tang, Y., Chen, W., Stepp, D., Patel, V., Hilton, R., Lu, X., Hui, D., Kim, H. and Weintraub, N., 2019. Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) regulates adipocyte lipid metabolism independent of adipogenic differentiation: Role of apolipoprotein E. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 294(21), pp.8577-8591.

Ahmadieh, S., Kim, H. and Weintraub, N., 2020. Potential role of perivascular adipose tissue in modulating atherosclerosis. Clinical Science, 134(1), pp.3-13.

Goo B, Ahmadieh S, Zarzour A, Yiew NKH, Kim D, Shi H, Greenway J, Cave S, Nguyen J, Aribindi S, Wendolowski M, Veerapaneni P, Ogbi M, Chen W, Lei Y, Lu X-Y, Kim HW, Weintraub NL. Sex-Dependent Role of Adipose Tissue HDAC9 in Diet-Induced Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction. Cells. 2022; 11(17):2698.





Abdelrahman Aied, MBBCH

Abdelrahman Zaied, MBBCH 

Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine 


Currently working on:

  • Effect of microRNA-93 on endothelial cells metabolism in hypoxia dependent angiogenesis.

  • Long non-coding RNA DDX11-AS1 role in peripheral arterial disease.

  • The anti-angiogenic VEGF-165b and VEGFR1 signaling in peripheral arterial disease.

  • Long non-coding RNAs and their potential role in COVID-19 pathophysiology.


Kovacs-Kasa A, Zaied AA, Leanhart S, Koseoglu M, Sridhar S, Lucas R, Fulton DJ, Vazquez JA, Annex BH. Elevated Cytokine Levels in Plasma of Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Do Not Contribute to Pulmonary Microvascular Endothelial Permeability. Microbiol Spectr. 2022 Feb 23;10(1):e0167121. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.01671-21. Epub 2022 Feb 16. PMID: 35171047; PMCID: PMC8849075.



Dania AI Jabri, MD

Dania Al Jabri, MD

Qassim University School of Medicine 


Currently working on:

Anti-angiogenic VEGF165b and VEGFR1 Signaling on monocytes in Peripheral Artery Disease.

Glucosamine effect on human  derived macrophages


Musa A Sharkawi, Sean McMahon, Dania Al Jabri, Paul D Thompson, Current perspectives on location of monitoring and length of stay following PPCI for ST elevation myocardial infarction, European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care, Volume 8, Issue 6, 1 September 2019, Pages 562–570,




Omar Elsayed, MBBCH

Omar Elsayed, MBBCH  

October 6 - University Faculty of Medicine


Currently working on:

Investigating the complex interaction between inflammation, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases using proteomics data.

Leveraging population health science tools to understand health disparities in the field fo cardio-oncology.

Using longitudinal data to identify risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases in cancer patients.


Makram OM, Nwana N, Nicolas JC, et al. Favorable Neighborhood Walkability is Associated with Lower Burden of Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among Patients Within an Integrated Health System: The Houston Methodist Learning Health System Outpatient Registry. Curr Probl Cardiol. 2023;48(6):101642. doi:10.1016/j.cpcardiol.2023.101642

Nwana N, Makram OM, Nicolas J, et al. Neighborhood Walkability is Associated with Lower Burden of CV Risk Factors among Patients with Cancer within An Integrated Health System: Houston Methodist Outpatient Learning Health System Registry. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2023 Mar, 81 (8_Supplement) 2298.

Nwana N, Makram OM, Javed Z, Parekh T, Al-Kindi S, Nicolas C, et al. Abstract 07: Cardiovascular Health and Environmental Justice Concerns of Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter: Insights From the Houston Methodist Outpatient Learning Health System Registry. Circulation. 2023;147(Suppl_1):A07-A.