Study Team

Calum MacRae

Principal Investigator

Dr. Calum A. MacRae is a physician-scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He received his medical degree from University of Edinburgh Medical School and his PhD from the University of London. His research interests include defining new ways to measure health and disease to improve our ability to prevent and treat illness. He is particularly focused on empowering individuals to understand and manage their own health and wellness and excited to accelerate the translation of new findings into broad public use.

Angela Spillane

Senior Project Manager

Angela has a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and Master’s of Science in biomedical engineering with a specialty in clinical engineering from the University of Connecticut. She has over 7 years of experience implementing new technology across large healthcare organizations. She is passionate about changing healthcare for the better and is excited that the Apple Heart & Movement Study is rooted in academia but has real world implications!

Courtney Smith

Project Manager

Courtney received a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from Merrimack College. She is involved in the recruitment process and operations of several cardiovascular studies at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She enjoys speaking with participants and is excited to see how technology can help people lead more active, healthier lives. 

Sunil Kapur

Co-Investigator & Clinical Safety Lead

Sunny received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Doctorate from Northwestern University. He currently is a practicing cardiac electrophysiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he cares for patients with a wide variety of arrhythmia conditions. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard University and his research is focused on novel phenotyping of cardiovascular conditions. In that capacity, he is extremely excited about investigating how wearable technologies can be used to improve the care of disease and maintenance of health.

James Truslow

Data Scientist

James Truslow holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Boston University. Prior to his role in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, he was a computational modeler working on the development of medical devices, including a blood-oxygenation device and a hemofiltration device.

Diana Nascimben

Research Coordinator

Diana graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2021. She is excited to learn more about the role of technology in improving health outcomes.

Andreas Werdich

Data Scientist

Andreas has a diploma in physics from Freiburg University, Germany, and a PhD degree in physics from Vanderbilt University. He has over 10 years of experience in cardiac electrophysiology, biomedical engineering, and bio signal analysis. His research is focused on studying the molecular mechanisms of life-threatening arrhythmias in the heart. Since 2015 Andreas has been specializing in data science and data engineering, and he is passionate about applying the latest deep learning technologies to large clinical and consumer health data sets, building algorithms that help to detect and treat human disease.

Gabriella Lunati

Research Coordinator

Gabriella has received a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Providence College while also pursuing the Pre-Medical Track. She has served the local community in Providence, Rhode Island as a Connect for Health Advocate helping marginalized patients receive access to basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. She has also assisted in conducting research in cardiology at the Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark screening high-risk patients for atrial fibrillation.

Akul Bahl

Data Scientist

Akul graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Bioengineering. Prior to joining the AHMS team, he worked on translational biomedical research at Merck, UPenn, and the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard. Akul is passionate about applying computational and statistical methods to solve complex problems in healthcare.

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