MidAtlantic Neonatology Associates is a group of neonatologists, advanced neonatal practitioners and physician assistants dedicated to providing exemplary neonatal intensive care.


There has been dramatic progress in our understanding of neonatal physiology over the past 25 years. That has been accompanied by the introduction of a wide array of sophisticated technology for neonates and marked improvement in the survival rates of extremely premature infants.  Nevertheless, complication rates are high for the most vulnerable patients.  Much remains to be done.

MANA has dedicated itself to the creation of a multidisciplinary research program, ranging from pre-clinical work in the laboratory to scientifically rigorous quality improvement initiatives in the NICU. We have created a unique research environment inspired by dedicated clinicians. MANA faculty are engaged in investigator-initiated pre-clinical research and clinical trials, translational research, industry-sponsored research, quality improvement initiatives, outcomes research and post-graduate medical education.

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Meet the members of our Research Team

Mazen Albadri

Mazen M. Al-Badri, MBChB

Postdoctoral Fellow

Christopher B. Eckman, Ph.D.

Christopher B. Eckman, PhD

Director of Research and Academic Affairs

Elizabeth A. Eckman, Ph.D.

Elizabeth A. Eckman, PhD

Director of Preclinical Research

Aimee R. Herdt, Ph.D.

Aimee R. Herdt, PhD

Director of Research Communication

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Diego Iacono, MD, PhD

Director of Neuropathology Research

Deepti Nair

Deepti Nair, PhD

Research Associate

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Javier Pacheco-Quinto, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Hui Peng, PhD

Research Associate/Lab Manager

Caryn Peters, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.C

Caryn Peters, RN, MSN, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator


Shuang Xu, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow