Principal Investigator

Rima Arnaout, MD

Principal Investigator

Rima Arnaout is an Associate Professor in Medicine (Cardiology), a member of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute and the UCSF Center for Intelligent Imaging, a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Intercampus Award Investigator, and faculty in the UCSF Graduate Program in Biological and Medical Informatics. She is a physician-scientist with a background in genetics, clinical research, and programming, and a practicing cardiologist board-certified in multi-modality cardiovascular imaging.

Lab Members

Danielle Lopes Ferreira Astuto, PhD

Data Scientist

Danielle Lopes is a Data Scientist at the Arnaout Lab in the cardiology department at UC San Francisco. Before joining UCSF, she worked as a visiting Ph.D. researcher at the Internetwork-Research Group (i-NRG) at UCSC’s Computer Engineering Department. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNIRIO - Brazil, and an MSc in Computer Engineering from COPPE/UFRJ - Brazil. Her research interests include neural networks, computer vision, and deep learning models to image classification and segmentation.

Aaron Liu, MS

Data Scientist

Aaron received his master's degree in Data Science from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University. His research interest lies in computer vision and self-supervised representation learning. As a data science professional, Aaron aims to leverage his machine learning skills to contribute to the field of precision medicine at the Arnaout Lab.

Wayne Shi, BSE

Data Scientist

Wayne received his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University with concentrations in Computer Vision, Medical Imaging, and Bio-electricity. He enjoys building medical devices & software, architecting machine learning models, and dreams that one day his work can improve people's well-being and help build a better healthcare system.

Nikolina Tomic, MSc

Data Scientist

Nikolina received her MSc degree from EPFL Lausanne focusing on artificial intelligence, robotics, and neurosciences, and a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Novi Sad. She is passionate about improving healthcare by utilizing the power of data science.

Connor Lau, BS

Project Manager

Connor received his bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He intends to bring focus and enthusiasm to the fields of medical research and health technology.

Yili Zhao, PhD

Research Sonographer

Yili practices clinical fetal and pediatric ultrasonography, as well as participates in fetal cardiology research.

Aneela Reddy, MD

Clinical Fellow

Dr. Reddy is a pediatric cardiology fellow at UCSF.


Adrienne Lightbourne, MD

Clinical Resident

Dr. Lightbourne is a resident in Pediatrics at UCSF in the Clinical and Translational Science pathway. She received her Bachelor's degree from Amherst College and Medical Degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


Suganya Subramaniam, MD

Clinical Resident

Dr. Subramaniam is a resident in Pediatrics at UCSF. 




Ramy Arnaout, MD

An alumnus of MIT, Dr. Arnaout received his doctorate in mathematical (systems) biology from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship and his MD from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. He completed residency in pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and postdoctoral work at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.



Anita Moon-Grady, MD

Dr. Anita Moon-Grady, director of the Fetal Cardiovascular Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, specializes in pediatric cardiology and neonatal and perinatal medicine.

Liviu Klein, MD, MS

Liviu Klein is Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure Device Programs and Director of Cardiology Clinical Research. He specializes in treating patients with heart failure, including patients with ventricular assist devices and heart transplants. His research is aimed at understanding heart failure and sudden death in women and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. In addition, he is developing new diagnostic sensors and therapeutic devices for patients with cardiovascular disease, including patients with heart failure.


Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD

Dr. Adler-Milstein is Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research (CLIIR). She is an internationally recognized expert on policy and management issues related to the use of IT in healthcare delivery.


Lab Alumni

Forest Finnigan

Erin Chinn

Aaron Grober

Soumil Jain

Lara Curran

Jonathan Renslo

Sara Rizvi

Chinmayee Athalye

Joyce Njoroge

Martha Tesfalul

Dave Anderson

Zaynaf Salaymang