Featured Researcher: Ayman Samman Tahhan

Featured Researcher

Ayman Samman Tahhan
Division of Cardiology

3rd Place Research Day Clinical Poster Winner

What is your professional background? I graduated from the University of Aleppo, Faculty of Medicine, Syria, in 2011. I engaged in clinical research in the field of Cardiology before completing my internal medicine training at Emory University. I joined the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program in the Clinical Investigator Track in 2016, which led me to have several publications and poster presentations.

In what division do you work, and who is your mentor? 
I work in the Cardiology division, and my current mentors are Drs. Arshed Quyyumi, Laurence Sperling and Ihab Hajjar.

Briefly describe your research. Why is it important?
My research focus has been on clinical and translational research in biomarkers, stem cells, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. Currently, my focus is on identifying biomarkers using novel technologies, such as progenitor cells and metabolomics. The long-term goal is to improve risk prediction algorithms in clinical practice and to develop mechanism-targeted therapeutics. I also have a deep interest in understanding the heart-brain connection by studying the molecular mechanisms by which vascular dysfunction associated with high blood pressure affects the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

What do you like most about Emory? 
I really appreciate the opportunity for collaborations from really diverse specialties like Biochemistry, Cardiology, Neurology, Genetics, and Biomedical Engineering. Emory has one of the most welcoming environments to train and excel.

What is your favorite movie or TV show? 
My favorite TV show is House M.D.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife, Shaza, and my two daughters, Amal (3), and, Neda (1). I also enjoy playing soccer and table tennis, spending time at Piedmont Park, cooking, and eating out.

About the Author

Emory Department of Medicine
Emory Department of Medicine
The Emory University Department of Medicine, within the Emory University School of Medicine, is steeped in a rich tradition of excellence. Through the work of its nine divisions and numerous centers and institutes, the department has pioneered discoveries in medicine, education, scientific and clinical investigation, and clinical care. Emory University School of Medicine's medical school, residency, transitional-year, and fellowship programs offer students the latest knowledge in treatment practices, scientific theories, research, and patient care. The Emory University Department of Medicine is a component of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which includes the Emory schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare.

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