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Jessica Ackerman
Jessica Ackerman, M.S.

Research Interest:
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of scar-mediated tendon healing
Andrea Amitrano
Andrea Amitrano, M.S.

Research Interest:
T cell metabolism in the tumor microenvironment
John Bachman
John Bachman, M.S.

Research Interest:
Role of muscle stem cells in juvenile growth and targeted radiotherapy
Uday Baliga
Uday Baliga, M.S.

Research Interest:
Development of gene delivery techniques to the lung using electroporation and modified nucleic acids
Sara Blick-Nitko
Sara Blick-Nitko, M.S.

Research Interest:
The Multifactorial Roles of Platelets in Malaria Infection
Kimberly Burgos Villar
Kimberly Burgos Villar, M.S.

Research Interest:
Scar formation and inflammatory signaling after a myocardial infarction
Trae Carroll
Trae Carroll
Second Year
Chunmo (Mary) Chen
Chunmo (Mary) Chen

Research Interest:
Phagocytosis of osteoblast in the MDS-like environment
Kiana Chen
Kiana Chen

Research Interest:
The mechanism behind sexual dimorphism in TNF-induced erosive inflammatory arthritis
Carol Deaton
Carol Deaton, M.S.

Research Interest:
Presenilin 1-dependent regulation of lysosome function and tau clearance
Anthony Emanuel
Anthony Emanuel

Research Interest:
: Developing and characterizing an iPSC- derived tissue mimetic of the RPE-Bruch’s membrane-choriocapillaris complex to determine how TNFa pro-inflammatory signaling and TIMP3 dysfunction may lead to development of AMD and SFD relevant molecular and pathological changes
Katherine Escalera-Rivera
Katherine Escalera-Rivera

Research Interest:
Inflammatory processes involved in the onset and development of Osteoarthritis
Felicia Gilels
Felicia Gilels, M.S.

Research Interest:
The role of Notch signaling in the maintenance and function of cochlear sensory cells
Jimin Han
Jimin Han

Research Interest:
Vision loss in CLN3 disease using a patient-derived hiPSC model
Emma House
Emma House

Research Interest:
The role of CD4+ T-cells in the development of flavoring induced bronchiolitis obliterans
Mark James
Mark James

Research Interest:
The molecular mechanisms leading to the onset and progression of osteoarthritis in aging and after injury and development of therapeutic treatments for articular cartilage protection and regeneration
Courtney Kellogg
Courtney Kellogg, M.S.

Research Interest:
Role of Jag1 during Inner Ear development
Howard "Mark" Kenney
Howard "Mark" Kenney, M.S.

Research Interest:
Lymphatic dysfunction, inflammatory arthritis
Jiatong (Scarlett)  Liu
Jiatong (Scarlett)  Liu

Research Interest:
The role of senescent cells in fracture healing
Alison Livada
Alison Livada

Research Interest:
Megakaryocytes and platelets roles' in immunity
Vania  Lopez-Ruiz

Research Interest:
Investigating ligand presentation by XNC4, a non-polymorphic MHC class I-like molecule that confers resistance to infections by non-TB mycobacteria in Xenopus
Olivia Marola
Olivia Marola, M.S.

Research Interest:
Endothelin signaling in glaucomatous neurodegeneration, intrinsic mechanisms of glaucoma-relevant neurodegeneration
Meghan O'Neil
Meghan O'Neil

Research Interest:
The molecular and cellular processes underlying scar-mediated tendon healing
Carlos Ortiz-Bonilla
Carlos Ortiz-Bonilla, M.S.

Research Interest:
Elucidating a potential mechanism of action of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunotherapy for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
Yue Peng
Yue Peng
Second Year
Rachel Piselli
Rachel Piselli, M.S.

Research Interest:
Transcription factor regulation of progenitor cells during development
Cooper Sailer
Cooper Sailer, M.S.

Research Interest:
Using optogenetics to explore chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell effector function in solid tumors
Celia Soto
Celia Soto

Research Interest:
Investigating mechanisms of bone marrow microenvironmental dysfunction in acute myeloid leukemia
Lan Wang
Lan Wang
Second Year
Emily Whitt
Emily Whitt

Research Interest:
Epigenetic regulation of breast cancer invasion
Chia-Hao Wu
Chia-Hao Wu, M.S.

Research Interest:
The role of exosomes in bladder tumorigenesis
Chen Yu
Chen Yu

Research Interest:
Role of energy metabolism in regulating mesenchymal stem cell fate. Mitochondrial function in adipogenic versus osteogenic lineages.