Healthcare Innovation Bridging Research, Informatics & Design Lab Research Team
NYU Langone’s Healthcare Innovation Bridging Research, Informatics, and Design (HiBRID) Lab team brings together the disciplines of behavioral economics, public health, sociology, biology, biomedical engineering, biostatistics, informatics, medicine, predictive analytics, and design and user experience.
Veronica Alfáro Arias, MPS
Veronica works in the intersection between accessibility and healthcare through the fields of human-centered design, user experience/user interface (UX/UI) design, and information visualization. Her recent work focuses on the design of frameworks for developing customizable assistive technologies for people with disabilities, reimagining healthcare, and the use of technology to improve the provider-patient relationship. She is passionate about the use of technology and design for social good.
Katerina Andreadis, MS
Katerina is a student in the Population Health PhD Training Program at the Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. She holds a BA in psychology from Hunter College and an MS in healthcare policy and research from Cornell University. Katerina’s research interests center on leveraging digital health interventions to bridge gaps in care, enhance patient-provider communication, and promote inclusivity and accessibility. In her free time, she loves going to the theater, walking around New York City, and gardening.
Research Data Associate
Beatrix completed her premedical requirements and received her BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. Prior to working in HiBRID Lab, she worked at Hospital for Special Surgery in the Women’s Sports Medicine Department. She became fascinated with healthcare innovation, as it integrates creativity into medicine, which brought her to HiBRID Lab. She plans to attend medical school in the future.
Ji Chen, PhD
Data Science Analyst
Ji is a data scientist at the HiBRID Lab. He completed his PhD at NYU Langone’s Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 2021. His dissertation research focused on reducing alert fatigue of clinical providers from clinical decision support systems in the electronic health record using machine learning. His current research interests include improving the digital experience of clinical providers and patients and various health care problems utilizing machine learning approaches.
Javier earned his BS in computer and automatic control systems from the School of Electrical Engineering at Central University of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba. Previously, Javier worked in the fintech, education, digital media, and health tech industries as a software engineer and architect, focused on designing highly scalable and resilient systems. He is passionate about technology and a believer in education as a driver of software quality and innovation.
Lisa Groom, MSN, RN
Doctoral Student Intern
Lisa is a PhD student at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her research focuses on the implementation of remote patient monitoring. She is currently CMIO at a company focused on data aggregation to create a longitudinal medical record. She has worked previously as clinical product manager, accessibility consultant, and informaticist. She codesigned and implemented discharge readiness tools and provider documentation at Seattle Children's Hospital. Her clinical experience includes working as a RN in stepdown and ICUs.
Natalie Henning, MPH
Research Data Associate
Natalie completed her MPH at the Yale School of Public Health in 2022, with a focus in chronic disease epidemiology and data modeling. In addition to her interests in disease prevention and digital health, she is interested in the intersections between human health and environmental health, especially as they pertain to global food systems. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in Central Park, reading, or watching the Great British Baking Show.
Jenny Kwon, MPP
Jenny oversees the strategy and operations of HiBRID Lab’s research portfolio. Previously, she worked for Noom in the Growth team, and she also led the launch of Innovation Centers at the United Nations (UNDP) and Hospital for Special Surgery. She received her MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and her BS from Northwestern University. Outside of work, she can be found exploring the New York City dining scene.
Defne Levine, MPH
Research Data Associate
Defne received her MPH in social and behavioral sciences from the Yale School of Public Health in 2023. She completed concentrations in global health and maternal and child health promotion. Defne is passionate about improving equitable access to healthcare globally and domestically. She is also interested in studying the ways patients make evidence informed decisions about their healthcare. Outside of work, she enjoys going to art museums and trying new restaurants.
Son Luu, MPS
User Experience Designer
Son is multidisciplinary experience design technologist and HCI (human–computer interaction) researcher, with a background in business analytics and operations management. He is also a design researcher and prototyper at NYU Langone’s FuturePractice, focusing on mixed user research methodologies while designing innovative solutions to inspire a better future of healthcare delivery and experience.
Tiffany Rose Martinez
Tiffany graduated from New York University with a dual degree in Global Public Health and anthropology. Before joining HiBRID Lab, she supported the implementation of the Financial Incentives for Weight Reduction Study for the MOTIVATE Research Lab, and also worked as a field representative for SAHA Global.
John Michael Meddar, MS
John is a population health PhD student at Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical informatics and a master’s degree in health informatics from Cornell University. His current research is centered on advancing the field of study pertaining to hypertension management for vulnerable population groups who use remote patient monitoring. John's favorite activities include, biking, hiking, reading, and participating in religious and faith-based activities.
Abe Merker, MA
Abe graduated from George Washington University with a BA in history and creative writing, and from University College Dublin with an MA in art history, collections, and curating. Abe interned for several art and historical institutions before pivoting to healthcare administration. Before joining HiBRID Lab, Abe worked in administration in the mental healthcare sector. Her goal in everything she does is to make the world a better place and improve the lives of others. In her free time, Abe loves exploring the city's various museums, reading in Prospect Park, and roller-skating around Brooklyn.
Laure Millet, MSc
Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice
Before joining the HiBRID Lab, Laure was head of the Healthcare Policy Program at Institut Montaigne, where she directed numerous initiatives and studies related to digital innovation. At the HiBRID Lab, she contributes to projects on remote patient monitoring. She is also associated with the Bipartisan Policy Center. Laure earned a BA in philosophy from the University of Paris Nanterre, and a BA in political science and an MSc in economics from Sciences Po Paris.
Steven Robinson, MFA
User Experience Lead
Steve Robinson is a human-centered designer with over 15 years of experience. Before joining NYU Langone Health, he co-founded two NYC-based startups, designed for MTV Networks, and consulted for many other clients. He has a background in fine art, with an MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BFA from Cornell University, and has shown his artworks in the United States and in Europe. Raised in Montana, he can still speak slowly after four cups of coffee.
Sarah is passionate about shaping 2050 by prioritizing equity and people-centricity, especially in her role as innovation manager on the FuturePractice team. Her sought-after innovation expertise has supported top brands over her decade-long tenure, primarily in the pharmaceutical and technology industry. Sharif is trusted to deliver on high-stakes strategic foresight, design thinking, and early-stage innovation projects. Her innovation impact and skills have earned her awards with organizations such as Vogue Business and prestigious keynote speaking engagements at Oxford University, SXSW, and Innovate South. Sharif holds a BS in biological sciences, an MA in communications, and certificates from Harvard University, Institute for the Future, HEC Paris, and the Copenhagen Business School.
Amelia Shunk, MMCi
Research Data Associate
Amelia completed both a master of management in clinical informatics and BA from Duke University, completing all of the pre-medical requirements. She is interested in digital health, including patient communities, and has a passion for the intersection between informatics and women’s health. Amelia was a four-year captain of the Duke women’s rowing team. In her free time, she loves to cook, run, and explore new places to eat.
Kerilyn Tacconi, MA
Kerilyn manages NYU Langone’s FuturePractice innovation lab and is a product strategist who bridges the gap between innovation concepts and minimum viable product delivery. Previously, she led product management for a startup in the elderly care space and spearheaded concepting and development of a wellbeing app at a weight loss company. Outside of work, she enjoys writing poetry, practicing meditation, and attending modern dance performances.
Sumaiya Tasneem, MPH
Sumaiya manages research studies in digital health and healthcare system redesign where she applies her background in epidemiology, research methods, project management, and oversees the implementation for research. She serves as a liaison between all key research stakeholders including multidisciplinary teams, clinicians, and research participants to move projects forward. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and watching Korean dramas.
Chelsea Twan, MS
Chelsea earned her MS in applied health informatics at Stony Brook University in 2022. Previously, she was at Stony Brook Medicine as part of the data analytics team for the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C). Her research interests include using health technology to address health disparities among vulnerable populations. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, playing video games, and trying new foods.
Ratnalekha Viswanadham, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Lekha is a Population Health Science Scholar. She researches how experimental and behavioral economics within digital technologies and machine learning improve the decision-making of healthcare providers. Lekha holds PhDs in marketing and neuroscience from INSEAD and Sorbonne Université, respectively, and her BS from California Institute of Technology in applied mathematics and business economics. Outside HiBRID Lab, she loves music, tennis, comedy, and walking around New York City.
Lynn Xu, MPH
Lynn received her BA in biological sciences and MPH from Cornell University. Her public health work has focused primarily on food security, food access, public health nutrition, and nutrition-related health problems. Previously, she worked as a graduate research assistant and data analyst on an intervention aimed to reduce childhood obesity and increase fruit and vegetable access through community-supported agriculture. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, going to concerts, and watching NCIS.
Anastasiya Zakreuskaya, MS
Anastasiya holds a MS in medical informatics from Heidelberg University and a BS in media informatics from the University of Munich. In her PhD, she researches the interaction of clinicians with health data interfaces. She joined the HiBRID Lab as a visiting researcher and engages in bridging the knowledge of different healthcare systems in relation to the used technology. In her free time, she explores the performing arts and enjoys reading a good novel.