Covid-19 Research Collaborative

We are a team of medical researchers at University of California Irvine, Indiana University, and Mayo Clinic working together to understand the long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19 (PASC).

Our Research Team

Dr. Melissa Pinto

Dr. Melissa Pinto is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine and a registered nurse. She studies the biological and cognitive impacts of long covid, mental health and depression in adolescents, and develops health apps for mental wellness interventions.

Dr. Amir Rahmani

Dr. Amir Rahmani is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Computer Science and the Director of the UCI Institute for Future Health. He conducts research by applying advanced computing techniques such as machine learning and bio-signal processing to healthcare problems.

Yong Huang

Yong Huang is a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He has expertise in computer vision, machine learning, and information retrieval, and applies these analytic techniques to understand heart rate and COVID-19 as well as using EHR data to study long covid.

Dr. Natalie Lambert

Dr. Natalie Lambert is an Associate Research Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. She studies the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 and collaborates with online communities to identify unmet health needs of patients with chronic illnesses.

Rana Chakraborty, MD

Rana Chakraborty, MD is is a pediatric infectious disease specialist with a focus on immunology and HIV. His clinical expertise includes the management of infectious disease in patients with complex conditions and promoting the importance of vaccination locally and nationally.

Milad Asgari

Milad Asgari is a PhD candidate in Computer Engineering at University of California, Irvine. He has expertise in big data analysis, mobile data analysis, graph analysis, machine learning, and privacy. He also researches COVID-19 using NLP to analyze EHR and COVID-19 health narratives in social media data.

Dr. Charles Downs

Dr. Charles Downs is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies and an acute care nurse practitioner with clinical experience in internal medicine, pulmonary, and critical care. His work utilizes biomarkers and cell signaling data.

Erika Nurmi, MD

Erika Nurmi, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine. She employs next generation molecular and computational approaches to research the genetic basis of OCD and tic disorders.

Heather Abrahim, RN

Heather Abrahim MSN, MPA, RN, CCRN, is a PhD student in the School of Nursing at UCI and a Clinical Nurse at UC San Diego. Her areas of clinical expertise are neurology and critical care and she researches the long-term physiologic, psychosocial, and cognitive impacts of COVID-19 on quality of life and activities of daily living.