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

Research Team

MANA’s research team is composed of a highly-skilled set of clinicians, physician-scientists, research scientists and technical support staff. This extraordinary collaboration, in conjuction with the hospitals we serve, had enabled us to create a rich, creative environment in which to address the most serious complications of prematurity and other illnesses. A more detailed profile of the members of our research team can be found below.

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