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

Erin Chinn, MS

Data Scientist

Erin received dual undergraduate degrees from UC Davis in Biology and Mechanical Engineering. She worked as a process engineer in the Bay Area before receiving a Master’s Degree in Analytics from the University of San Francisco.


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.



Forest Finnigan, MS

Data Scientist

Forest received a Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on AI. Before that, he also received an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Chinmayee Athalye, MS

Data Scientist

Chinmayee received her Bachelor's degree from the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) and her Master's degree in Computer Science from UC Irvine.

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.

Sara Rizvi, MS

Project Manager

Sara completed her bachelor's in Biotechnology from Manipal University in Dubai, and her master's in Pharmacology from King's College London.

Yili Zhao, PhD

Research Sonographer

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

Zaynaf Salaymang, RDCS

Research Sonographer

Zaynaf is an adult and pediatric sonographer with over 10 years of experience in non-invasive cardiology.


David Anderson, MD

Clinical Fellow

Dr. Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from UC Berkeley, his medical degree at UC Davis School of Medicine, and his internal medicine residency and chief residency at UCSF. He is currently in his third year of a general cardiology fellowship at UCSF and will be staying on as an interventional fellow. His research interests include improvements in educational training and the interface of imaging and procedural cardiology. 


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.


Joyce Njoroge, MD

Clinical Fellow

Dr. Njoroge earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and genetics at Dartmouth College and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine before completing her internal medicine residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. She is currently in her third year of Cardiology fellowship with plans on obtaining further training in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. Her research interests have been related to determining genomic and proteomic associations with nonischemic cardiomyopathies in order to improve the diagnostic and therapeutic options for these patients. Additionally, she has been doing work with peripartum cardiomyopathy and women's cardiovascular disease as there are significant healthcare disparities in this field. 

Aaron Grober, MD

Clinical Fellow

Dr. Grober is a cardiology fellow at UCSF and will be pursuing additional subspecialty training in interventional cardiology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Vassar College (where he also pursued studies in the performing arts), and his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He completed his internal medicine training at Stanford and went on to practice as an Advanced Heart Failure Hospitalist at UCSF before starting his cardiology fellowship. His research interests include optimizing patient selection for percutaneous mechanical circulatory support in cardiogenic shock, and noninvasive hemodynamic assessments. 

Punita Kaveti, MD

Clinical Fellow

Dr. Kaveti is an Advanced Cardiac Imaging fellow at UCSF training in Cardiac MRI and Cardiac CT. She is a Board Certified cardiologist and practiced as an Invasive non-interventional cardiologist for 3 years in Jacksonville. Her interests include clinical cardiology, valvular heart disease, pregnancy, and heart disease, and multimodality cardiac imaging.

Sai Vanam, MD

Clinical Fellow

Dr. Vanam received his bachelor's and medical degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He completed his internal medicine residency at UC San Diego and is currently working as cardiology and advanced heart failure hospitalist at UCSF. His research interests include cardiac and strain imaging. 



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

Susanna Morin

Soumil Jain

Lara Curran

Jonathan Renslo

Sami Abuzaid

Anil Kemisetti

Claudia Portillo

Martha Tesfalul