Fourth Year (Ph.D. Program in Pathology)

Jonathan Cherry

My current interests are studying the effects and pathways of radiation or peripheral injuries on neuroinflammation.

Hometown: Rochester, NY
B.S., Biology, Ursinus College

Mentors: Kerry O'Banion and John Olschowka


Jonathan Cherry

Amali Epa

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic progressive disease with very few effective treatments. Tissue transglutaminase (TG2) is a multi functional protein, known to promote Fibrosis in kidney and liver. Our lab has previously shown TG2 is involved in pulmonary fibrosis in a mouse model and in IPF patients and is important in normal fibroblast function. I'm interested in looking at the role of epithelial TG2 in the development of pulmonary fibrosis.

Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka
B.S., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Mentor: Patricia Sime

Amali Epa

Jenna Frame

Jenna Frame, a graduate student in the lab of Dr. James Palis, has been awarded a New York State Stem Cell (NYSTEM) predoctoral fellowship. This fellowship, which supports up to two years of graduate stipend and travel funds, supports her thesis research focused on the emergence and potential of hemogenic endothelium in the mammalian embryo.

Jenna has also received a 2013 Abstract Achievement Award from the American Society for Hematology. She presented a poster entitled 'Temporal-Spatial Mapping of Hematopoietic Progenitors in the Embryo Reveals a Differentially Regulated Program of Endothelial-to-Hematopoietic Transition in the Yolk Sac' at the 55th American Society for Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, LA, December 7-10, 2013.


Hometown: Rome, NY
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Rochester

Mentor: James Palis


Jenna Fram 2012-13

Rialnat Lawal

My research interest is studying the bone marrow microenvironment  to determine the role of the niche in hematopoietic stem cell regulation.

Hometown: Houston, TX
B.A., Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

Mentor: Laura Calvi

M.D./Ph.D. Program

Rialnat Lawal

Allison Light

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy in women of reproductive age and is a major cause of infertility. Despite its prevalence, treatments are very limited. My research focus is to develop new therapies for PCOS that are aimed at controlling the abnormal ovarian steroid production seen in these women. 

Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
B.A., Biology, University of Vermont

Mentor: Stephen Hammes


Allison Light

Tristan Nicholson

My scientific interests are in benign and malignant diseases of the genitourinary tract. I am interested in translating basic science into improved prevention and novel therapeutics.

Hometown: Seattle, WA
B.A., Anthropology, University of Washington

Mentor: William Ricke

M.D./Ph.D. Program

Tristan Nicholson

Lisa Niswander

Lisa Niswander, an MD/PhD student in James Palis' Lab, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health NRSA F30 individual predoctoral MD/PhD fellowship. This fellowship, which will cover the remainder of her graduate and medical education, will support her thesis project focusing on microenvironmental regulation of megakaryopoiesis and the response of the megakaryocyte lineage to sublethal radiation injury.

Lisa also gave an oral presentation "Spatial and Temporal Fluctuations In Marrow SDF-1 Following Radiation Injury Regulate Megakaryocyte-Vascular Niche Interactions and Circulating Platelet Levels" at the55th Annual American Society for Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, LA, December 7-10, 2013.

Hometown: Buffalo, NY
B.A., Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and Religion, Middlebury College


Mentor: James Palis
M.D./Ph.D. Program

Lisa Niswander 2013-14

Min Tian

I am interested in the pathology of cancer and metabolism disorder syndromes, such as obesity and diabetes.

Hometown: Hefei, Anhui Province, China
M.S., Cell Biology, Xiamen University, China


Mentor: Dirk Bohmann

Min Tian

Cuicui Wang

I am currently interested in the mechanisms by which Notch signaling maintains and expands hMSCs ex vivo, and also methods of promoting bone fracture healing .

Hometown: Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
Degree: M.S., Molecular Genetics, Nanjing University

Mentor: Matthew J. Hilton

cuicui wang

Michael Wilson

My research interest is in the molecular mechanisms of EVI1-induced leukemias and potential therapeutic targets.

Hometown: Erie, PA
Degree: B.S., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State University

Mentor: Archibald Perkins

Michael Wilson