Meet our Postdocs

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Amirhossein Abazarikia, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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amirshenava,_m.jpgMarzie Amirshenava, PhD

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Matthew Van Hook, PhD Lab

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My name is Marzie Amirshenava. I received my PhD in neuroscience from University of Missouri - Columbia where, as my thesis project, I worked on temperature sensitive ion channels to characterize their biophysical properties. Following my research interest, I am working as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Van Hook.  My research project focuses on Glaucoma disease to understand the processes that underly loss of synaptic communication between neurons. Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease that initiates with ocular hypertension and gradually causes blindness. In this project, we are interested in learning about the synaptic transmission between neurons from Retina and the ones from part of the brain that transfer visual information to visual cortex.


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgSyed Andrabi, PhD

Department of Transplantation Surgery

Jingwei Xie, PhD Lab

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angara,_r.jpgRajendra Angara , PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Stacey Gilk, PhD Lab

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I am Rajendra Angara. I earned a doctorate in molecular microbiology from the Center for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, India in 2018. My dissertation project examined the transcription regulatory network of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Currently, as a postdoc in the Gilk Laboratory at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, I am investigating how Coxiella burnetii manipulates host lipid metabolism using its type 4B effector proteins.

I like to spend my free time at nature parks, watching tennis, and documentaries.

Recipient of 2020-2021 American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship

Spring 2022, UNMC-Metropolitan Community College Teaching Partnership

UNMC Certificate in Teaching 


appadurai,_muthamil_iniyan.jpgMuthamil Iniyan Appadurai, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Imayavaramban Lakshmanan, PhD Lab

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I am a postdoctoral research associate working at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nebraska Medical Center. My work is focused on the molecular mechanism of Lung cancer angiogenesis, brain metastasis, animal models development, targeted treatments for Lung adenocarcinoma and assessing diagnostic and prognostic significance of tumor markers for lung cancer. In addition, I am interested in microbiome and zebrafish cancer model development for high throughput screening.

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Madan Kumar Arumugam, PhD
Internal Medicine: Gastrointestinal Hepatology

Kusum Kharbanda, PhD Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgPrabhakar Arumugam, PhD

Pathology/Microbiology

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auuthu,_nagavardhini_200.jpgNagavardhini Avuthu, PhD

Department of Genetics and Cell Biology

Chittibabu "Babu" Guda, PhD Lab

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 I received my M.S in Applied Microbiology from Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswavidyalam from India and Advanced Diploma in Bioinformatics from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. After that, I joined Prof. Dharmalingam's lab at MKU, India, and worked on the bioinformatics tool and database development. Later as a research associate at ICRISAT, India, I worked on the project, “The molecular diagnosis and genetic variability in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris (Foc) causing fusarium wilt of chickpea”, under supervision of Dr. Mamta Sharma and developed a high-density Foc DArT arrays to assess molecular diversity in Foc population. At ICRISAT, I was also involved in studying the effect of elevated CO2 concentration on Fusarium wilt disease of chickpea and developing a rapid detection method for fusarium wilt pathogen. My current project explores the systems-level understanding of root metabolism in maize by a comparative analysis of plant omics data and genetic variation, construction of predictive metabolic network models, and databases of maize root systems biology datasets.

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Jahaun Azadmanesh, PhD
Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Disease

Gloria Borgstahl, PhD Lab

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barman.jpgSasmita Barman, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Punita Dhawan, PhD Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgRamesh Bellamkonda, PhD

Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology

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lara-bergdolt.jpgLara Bergdolt, PhD

Neurological Sciences

Anna Dunaevsky, PhD Lab

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My name is Lara Bergdolt and I am a postdoc in Anna Dunaevsky’s lab in the Department of Neurological Sciences. My research focuses on how astrocytes, a type of cell in the brain, contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders. Specifically, I am using a mouse model for fragile X syndrome to study how astrocytes contribute to sensory hypersensitivity, a characteristic thought to underlie other symptoms of fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time outdoors, game nights with friends, and playing piano.


unmc-logo-website.jpgAnjali Bhat, PhD

Cellular/Integrative Physiology

Gao Lie, PhD Lab

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chalise.jpgUpendra Chalise, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Rebekah Gundry, PhD Lab

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chang.jpgJun Ha Chang, PhD
Department of Neurological Sciences

Jennifer Merickel, PhD Lab

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chirravuri.pngRamakanth Chirravuri Venkata, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Surinder Batra, PhD, Lab

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clark.jpgKendra Clark , PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

John Davis, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgSouvik Datta, PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Maneesh Jain, PhD

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I joined the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. My research interest encompasses the broader domain of early detection of cancer biomarkers. In particularly, I work on the aspect of elucidation of translationally important biomarkers in biological samples including serum, cyst fluid, BAL, tumor tissue, CTC as well as urinary exosomes of patients suffering with lung and other terminal cancers. At UNMC, I will study multiplexed detection of glycoproteins and antibodies generated against mucin backbone as well as optimization of biomarkers for immunophenotyping in PBMCs.

My outside interests include cooking, nature watching, playing sports such as cricket, and painting. I  also want to learn more about the astrological entities in perspective of both the spiritual and physical perspectives.


 

dasgupta,_medhanjali.jpgMedhanjali Dasgupta, PhD

Epply Institute Research

Gloria Borgstahl, PhD, Lab

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My name is Medhanjali Dasgupta. I earned my doctorate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2020 where I primarily explored the role of conformational dynamics in enzyme catalysis under Dr. Mark Wilson. After that I joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where I served as a postdoc under Dr. Jan Kern. There I continued my studies into enzyme structure - function relationships, focusing primarily on metalloenzymes and photosystems I and II. I joined Dr. Gloria Borgstahl's lab at UNMC as a postdoc very recently (Aug 2022) to continue my explorations into enzyme structural biochemistry and drug design. In my free time I like to nap with my cats, bake as a coping mechanism, cook and crochet. 


 

deol,_p.jpgPallavi Deol, PhD

Pharmacology/Exp Neuroscience

Howard Gendelman, MD, Lab

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My name is Pallavi Deol. I earned my doctorate in Veterinary Microbiology from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), India. I worked on bovine herpesvirus 1 to inhibit its replication, using CRISPR/Cas9 system. While working, I realized that the biggest challenge with CRISPR therapeutics is their delivery to cells of choice. Currently, I am working as a post-doctoral research associate on targeted delivery of CRISPR therapeutics in the Gendelman Lab (Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience department). Outside lab, I enjoy running and talking with my friends back at home. I also enjoy reading and cooking sometimes.


deshetty,_uma2.jpgUma Maheswari Deshetty, PhD

Pharmacology/Experimental Neuroscience

Shilpa Buch, PhD Lab

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My name is Uma Maheswari Deshetty. I was awarded a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Mysore, Mysore, India in 2021.  Primarily all my research work pertaining to neuronal mechanisms involved in motion sickness was conducted in DRDO-Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, India. Presently I am working as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Pharmacology/Experimental Neuroscience department, UNMC. I am studying the implications of traumatic brain injury in drug abuse.  In my free time, I like travelling, trekking, dancing, and reading fictional/non-fictional books.


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgNeha Dhyani, PhD

Cellular/Integrative Physiology

Irving Zucker, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgLing Ding, PhD

Pharmaceutical Science

DJ Murry, PharmD, Lab

 

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gopala,_p.jpgPrakadeeswari Gopala Krishnan, PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Sidharth Mahapatra, PhD, MD, Lab

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My name is Prakadeeswari Gopala Krishnan (my short nickname is Praddy). I completed my Master’s in Biomedical Sciences (5 years Integrated) from Bharathidasan University, Trichy, in 2014. Here is where my research interest started sparkling inside me by the influence of excellent guidance given by my mentors, Dr. Sashidhar Mulugu and Dr. Geetanjali Sundaram. During my master’s dissertation, I was gifted to join Dr. Geetanjali Sundaram’s lab at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Calcutta. I gained ample knowledge with my project on “Investigation of the role of Sty1 MAPK in regulating cell cycle of Schizosaccharomyces pombe”. I earned a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences by working with Dr. P. Sundaresan at the Department of Molecular Genetics, Aravind Medical Research Foundation affiliated with Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, in the year 2019. My doctoral research was on the “Molecular analyses of various risk factors involved in Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome.” During my Ph.D. program, my supervisor gave me a fantastic opportunity to undergo 6-months of training on Genome-wide association study data analysis with Dr. Chiea Chuen Khor and Dr. Li Zheng at the Department of Human Genetics, Genome Institute of Singapore. My doctoral research has illustrated the genetic association between variants and pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEX) in the South Indian population. I also had a chance to work as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Holy Cross College, Trichy, from June 2018 to September 2018 after submitting my doctoral thesis. Then I joined as a post-doctoral fellow at Prof. Dror Sharon’s Lab at the Department of Molecular Ophthalmology, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel, (Oct 2018 – August 2022); here my first post-doctoral research focused on studying the expression and therapeutic modalities for Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) caused by a mutation in FAM161A. My academic and research skills have provided me with an excellent background in multiple biological disciplines, including molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry, gene therapy, translational biology, and microbiology. My short-term research goals are being enthusiastic and willing to explore my God-given abilities in the work area to be a potential and valuable team player in the greater scheme of things to learn science and improve my knowledge. As a long-term goal, I hope to make innovative and productive contributions to the scientific community to benefit human welfare and development. Currently I have joined Dr. Sidharth Mahapatra at UNMC and our research explores the targeted treatments for Medulloblastoma. Apart from my research, I also enjoy cooking, listening to music, and dancing. 


 

george-hao.jpegXiaoyu (George) Hao, PhD

Pharmaceutical Science

Paul Trippier, PhD, Lab 

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haq.jpgSabah Haq, PhD, MD

Pharmacy Practice and Science

Daren Knoell, Pharm D, Lab

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I completed my PhD from McMaster University, where I worked on gut mucosal immunity, inflammation and microbiome. Prior to my PhD, I completed my MSc from Queen’s University, where I worked with cancer glycobiology. Prior to my involvement in research, I had also attained my medical degree, MBBS from Dhaka Medical College under the University of Dhaka. I am currently working in the Knoell Lab in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science. My research focuses on the role of trace metals like zinc in host immune response during lung infections. Besides research, I really enjoy cooking and watching movies.


unmc-logo-website.jpgBailey Hendricks, PhD

College of Nursing

Robin Lally, PhD, Lab

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herzog_kylie.jpgKylee Herzog, PhD

College of Public Health, Epidemiology

Joseph Fauver, PhD, Lab

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I am a parasitologist and evolutionary biologist. I am currently working with Dr. Fauver to study the genomics of human hookworm.

Outside interests: Camping & hiking


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgSankarasubramani (Subu) Jagadesan, PhD

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy

Chittibabu "Babu" Guda, PhD, Lab

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jalalzadeh_fard.jpgBabak Jalalzadeh-Fard, PhD

College of Public Health

Jesse Bell, Phd, Lab

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sirisha_jonnalagadda.jpegShirisha Jonnalagadda, PhD

College of Pharmacy

Paul Trippier, PhD, Lab

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sravan_jonnalagadda.jpegSravan Jonnalagadda, PhD

College of Pharmacy

Paul Trippier, PhD, Lab

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gunjankak.jpgGunjan Kak, PhD

Pathology and Microbiology

Tammy Kielian, PhD, Lab

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kakalij.jpgRahul Kakalij, PhD

Cellular/Integrative Physiology

Erika Boesen, PhD, Lab

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kyoti-kaushal.pngJyoti Kaushal, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Satyanarayana Rachagani, PhD, Lab

Recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Research Award

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Parvez_2.jpgParvez Kahn, PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Wasim "Mohd" Nasser, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgMohammad Abdulla Khan, PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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unmc-logo-website.jpgAmirtha Kizhake, PhD

Eppley Institute Research

Amar Natarajan, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgSiddhartha Kumar, PhD
Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Disease

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bhawna_pic.jpgBhawna Kushawaha, PhD

Ob/Gyn Research Lab

Shyamal Roy, PhD, Lab

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My research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating the transition of ovarian somatic cells into pregranulosa cells, which is mandatory for the formation of ovarian follicles. Failure to transit into pregranulosa cells prevents cellular assembly with the oocytes resulting in defective follicular reserve and infertility. Previously, I worked on development of animal models that mimic the complex human disease likepolycystic ovarian diseases (PCOD) to study the root cause and treatment strategy to rectify infertility caused by PCOD in females.


Donghee-Lee, PhD.jpgDonghee Lee, PhD
Department of Surgery: Transplantation Surgery

Jingwei Xie, PhD, Lab

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lee2019.jpg Jeonghoon Lee, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Scot Ouelette, PhD, Lab

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shouqiang-li.jpgShouqiang Li, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine

Thomas Porter, MD, Lab

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I'm Shouqiang Li from Dr. Porter’s lab. My research is concern on cardiovascular imaging by utilizing ultrasound contrast for myocardial perfusion.  As well, finding therapeutic applications of ultrasound contrast agents (microbubbles) for the myocardial ischemia and infarction.


 

liucropped.jpg Bo Liu, PhD
Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine

Bin Duan, PhD, Lab

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I received a B.S. in polymer materials and engineering in 2012 and a M.S in polymer chemistry and physics in 2015 from Hubei University. Then, I moved to Tianjin University where I earned my PhD in materials science in 2019, working on the synthesis and modification polypeptide for cryopreservation. In 2020, I joined Dr. Duan’s Lab at UNMC. I am now interested in fabricating hydrogel and nanoparticles for biological regeneration.


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgSundararajan Mahalingam, PhD

Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology

Karuna Rasineni, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgJohid Malik, PhD
Department of Pharmacy, Practice and Science

Courtney Fletcher, PharmD, Lab

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Matus-Meza-Audifas-Salvador.jpgAudifás Matus Meza, PhD
College of Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jared Garrison, PhD, Lab

Recipient of the National Cancer Center Fellowship

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My name is Audifás S Matus-Meza. I completed a bachelor’s in chemical biology at the Autonomous University "Benito Juárez" of Oaxaca (UABJO). Subsequently, I did a master’s and a PhD in Sciences, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its acronym in Spanish). Specifically, my background is in Medicinal Chemistry. During my PhD I focused on the design and synthesis of quinazolines with anticancer activity. I have experience in molecular modeling, cell culture management, chemical synthesis of both small molecules and peptides, and in the management of analytical techniques used for the characterization of a new compound. I am currently doing my second postdoc in Dr. Garrison's lab at UNMC, where I have gained experience in the design and synthesis of radiotherapeutics. In my free time, I like walking and running, taking pictures, listeing to different music, and go out to dance a little. 

 


maurya.jpgShailendra Maurya, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Wasim "Mohd" Nasser, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgAbraham Mechesso, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Guangshun "Gus" Wang, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgJuhi Mishra, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Kaustubh Datta, PhD, Lab

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mostafa,_mai.jpgMai Mostafa, PhD

College of Pharmacy

Howard Gendelman, MD, Lab

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I am a biomedical scientist with 15 years experience in scientific research. My background is in biochemistry, molecular biology, and immunology. I earned a M.Sc. in Biochemistry from Ain Shams University (Egypt), and recently earned a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC, U.S.) in 2022.Throughout my career I worked on the biological evaluation of small molecules, macromolecules, and nanoformulations in vitro and in vivo as well as RNAi for cancer therapy. Currently I am a postdoctoral research associate at UNMC. My research focuses on transcriptomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic studies to understand the pathobiology and therapeutic responses in different human diseases, and for biomarker discovery in neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases). I am also designing, developing, and troubleshooting translational biomarker assays for evaluating the pharmacodynamics and therapeutic responses in
neurodegenerative diseases. I like traveling with family in summer, picnics, biking, and watching movies.


 

clementeatiphoto.jpgTatiana Mordente Clemente , PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Stacey Gilk, PhD, Lab

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mu_ying.jpgYing Mu, PhD
Department of Pharmacy, Practice and Science

Courtney Fletcher, PharmD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgPrathap Reddy Mukthapuram, PhD

Eppley Institute

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nagasundaram,_nagasundaram_200.pngNagasundaram Nagarajan, PhD

Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy

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I have completed PhD in Bioinformatics from VIT University, India. Before that I have completed master degree in Bioinformatics from Bharathiar University and bachelor degree in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University. My PhD thesis focused on analysing the effects of deleterious SNPs at structural and functional level of proteins. I have used molecular docking and molecular dynamics simulations approaches to understand the structural behavior of Protein-Protein, Protein-DNA, Protein-Drug interactions in the presence of deleterious SNPs. Later joined in Hongkong Baptist University as postdoctoral fellow their gained experience in utilizing high performance cluster facilities for molecular modeling. Next as a principal investigator in DST-NPDF fellowship completed a project entitled “Insights the mechanism of ALK drug resistance in human lung cancer treatment and identification of potential inhibitors” sponsored by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Indian government. Then, worked as a “Research Fellow” at NTU Singapore in the department of medical humanities to analyses the human genomic data and involved in the development of machine learning methods to solve various biological problems. Recently was as a “Research Associate” in Indian council of medical research [ICMR] project at VIT university focused on antimicrobial drug resistant studies and further involved in various cancer WES and microbial WGS data analysis.

nakano.jpgKosuke Nakano, M.D., PhD

Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Rakesh Singh, PhD, Lab

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Hello everyone. I am Kosuke Nakano, Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Dr. Singh’s lab, Department of Pathology and Microbiology.  I graduated with my Ph.D. in 2021 from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. I am a urologist and specialized in Urological cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Metastases of prostate cancer form osteoblastic lesions in bone. My primary goal is to clarify the cellular and molecular changes induced by prostate cancer cells in the bone microenvironment.


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgPrakriti Nidhi, PhD

Genetics and Cell Biology

Gargi Ghosal, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgKyuhak Oh, PhD

Radiation Oncology

Sumin Zhou, PhD, Lab

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spanda022-1.jpgSasmita Panda, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Vinai Thomas, PhD, Lab

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patel_jai.jpgJai Chand Patel, PhD

Genetics and Cell Biology

Chittibabu (Babu) Guda, PhD Lab

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I am Jai Chand Patel joined as Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNMC in Professor Guda’s lab on October 1st, 2021. I completed my Ph.D. from DRDO (India) in 2021. During my Ph.D., I worked on developing a predictive model for hypoxia-induced pathologies using network biology, time series analysis, machine learning, and microarray analysis. I received my M.Sc (2014) and B.Sc (2012) from Kurukshetra University (India). Currently, I am working on development of machine learning models for survival prediction, subtyping and early diagnosis in different types of cancer. Primarily, I am focusing on integration of multi-omics cancer data from public repositories using deep learning models.

tapan_patel.jpgTapan Patel, PhD

Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Kaushik Patel, PhD, Lab

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My name is Tapan Patel. I earned my doctorate degree in “Science (Zoology (in vivo and in vitro studies))” from the Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. I have experience to treat the animals (rats and mice) and study various biological indices as well as I can also manage different types of mammalian cells. My areas of expertise are animal physiology, herbal medicine, toxicology, complementary medicine, and genetics. I have strong experience in the field of molecular genetics and human cytogenetics. I like to do yoga, flexibility and meditation in my free time.


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgSathish Kumar Perumal, PhD

Internal Medicine, GI

Kusum Kharbanda, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgBalaji Perumalsamy, PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Surinder Batra, PhD, Lab

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subramanian.jpgSabarinath Peruvemba Subramania, PhD

Cellular/Integrative Physiology

Rebekah Gundry, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgCarlos Poblete Jara, PhD

Surgery-Vascular Surgery

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aarfa-queen.jpegAarfa Queen, PhD

Pharmaceutical Science

Paul Trippier, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgVinoth Kumar Rajamanickam, PhD

Internal Medicine, DEM

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asher_rajkumar_rajan.jpgAsher Rajkumar Rajan, PhD

Genetics Cell Biology & Anatomy

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unmc-logo-website.jpgMamunur Rashid, PhD

Pharmacy Practice and Science

DJ Murry, PharmD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgMasha Rasekhi, PhD

Pharmaceutical Science

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rawat,_p.jpgPurnima Rawat, PhD

COP Pharmaceutical Science

Jared Garrison, PhD, Lab

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I earned a doctorate degree in Pharmaceutics from Jamia Hamdard University, India. My Ph.D. research work was focused on developing Bioceramic based nanofacilitated strategic drug delivery system of bisphosphonate for the treatment of Osteoporosis.

At the moment, I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Jered Garrison in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her research primarily focuses on the development of polymer based drug delivery system for Ovarian Cancer. A sizable share of my research  emphasized making the polymer and understanding of their interaction as the properties and structure of these polymer are particularly of great interest in the field of cancer therapy and drug targeting. In my previous Postdoctoral position at IIT Indore, India, I engaged in how a Nano-engineered drug delivery systems of antiretroviral drugs could help in the prophylaxis of HIV/AIDS.


 

sanchitarauth.jpgSanchita Rauth, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Surinder Batra, PhD, Lab

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 I study the development of cancer within the body. My research examines how epigenetics, and protein alterations influence tumor development and their role in treatment failures and multi-drug resistance. I am particularly interested in the role of the PAF1 protein in pancreatic cancers and believe this research will lead to greater understanding of the disease and improved treatment options. 


unmc-logo-website.jpgSudipta Ray, PhD

Pharmacology/Exp Neuroscience

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unmc-logo-website.jpgAssad Ur Rehman, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Wasim "Mohd" Nasser, PhD, Lab

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Xiaojia Ren, PhDXiaojia Ren, PhD
College of Pharmacy: Experimental Neuroscience

Xinglong Wang, PhD, Lab

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riffaudcamille.jpg Camille Riffaud, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Elizabeth Rucks, PhD, Lab

Vice President of the Postdoctoral Association

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 My name is Camille Riffaud. I have a PhD in biology and health from the University of Rennes 1 (France). My PhD research were focused on the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and the characterization of new type I toxin-antitoxin systems expressed by this pathogen.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Dr. Scot Ouellette, Department of Pathology and Microbiology. The goal of my project is to examine the cell biology and microbiology of Chlamydia trachomatis persistence in response to a poor-tryptophan environment. If you are interested in Chlamydia persistence, I will be happy to answer your questions.


 

merjulah_roby.jpgMerjulah Roby, PhD

Cardiovascular Medicine

Yiannis Chatzizsis, PhD, Lab

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I completed her Ph.D. in computer science in 2020 from Christ University, Bangalore, India. I have overall 6 years of experience with 4 years in cardiovascular science research and 2 years as an assistant professor in Lowry Memorial College, Bangalore, India. I did interdisciplinary research work based on medical image processing. The research includes 3 international paper presentations in reputed conferences, 1 national conference, 2 book chapters, and 2 journal publications. I received the outstanding research presentation award from St Hugh’s College, Oxford University and won the second runner-up contest for the PRISM idea proposal conducted by the Indo-Korean collaboration. She is currently working as the postdoc research associate in the division of cardiovascular medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  


salati,_amir.jpgAmir Salati, PhD

Department of Surgery

I received my Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering in 2016 from the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Tehran, Iran. I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at UNMC. My research interest is the design, fabrication, and evaluation of polymeric devices and scaffolds for tissue engineering applications and drug delivery systems

 

 

unmc-logo-website.jpgRajith Varman Seshappa Venkatesan, PhD

Pharmaceutical Science

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sushil.jpgSushil Shakyawar, PhD
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy 

Chittibabu "Babu" Guda, PhD, Lab

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I received my Ph.D. with a specialization in Computational Systems Biology and Metabolic Modeling from the University of Minho (Portugal). My Ph.D. thesis was mainly focused on systems biology-based applications and metabolic network modeling to understand infection of parasite L. major in humans. The project was supported by European Marie Curie ITN at Silicolife Lda (Portugal). I completed MRes (Master of Research) in Computational Biology from the University of York (UK), and BTech in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (India). During my post graduation, I mainly explored machine learning applications for identifying drug-target interactions in human cancer. Previously, I undertook training in biotechnology, bioinformatics, and computational biology. At UNMC, my research objective is to understand different biological networks (e.g. gene-gene interactions, protein-protein interactions, metabolic interactions, etc.), which are key determinants of cellular behaviors at the system level. I focus on machine learning methods, big data (omics) analysis and integration, and computational biology modeling to determine dynamical and topological characteristics of various networks, and understand the interplay between their functions.


sharma,_gunjan.jpgGunjan Sharma, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jawed Siddiqui, PhD, Lab

 

My name is Gunjan Sharma. I received my Master’s degree in biotechnology from the Department of Biotechnology, Allahabad Agricultural Institute – Deemed University, Allahabad, in 2009. To complete my Master’s dissertation, I got an excellent opportunity to join Dr. Naivedya Chalopadhyay’s lab at CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow. During my dissertation, I gained lots of knowledge with my osteoporosis project entitled “In vitro and in vivo evaluation of 8,8″-biapigeninyl as an osteoprotective drug.” Further, I earned a doctorate in Biotechnology by working with Dr. Biplob Koch at the Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, in 2018. My doctoral research was on the topic of “Studies on anticancer activity of novel transition metal-arene complexes in vitro and in vivo.” He has published 29 publications in highly reputed journals. I conducted my first post-doctoral studies with Prof. Moshe Kotler at the Department of Immunology and Cancer Research, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel (Aug 2019 – July 2021). My first post-doctoral research focused on radio/chemo-resistance and DNA repair mechanisms of cancer cells. Currently, I have joined Dr. Jawed Siddiqui at UNMC, and our research explores the mechanism of GDF15/GFRAL mediated bone metastasis in prostate and breast cancer.


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgManish Sharma, PhD
Department of Pharmacy, Practice and Science

DJ Murry, PharmD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgNavatha Shree Sharma, PhD
Department of Surgery: Transplantation Surgery

Jingwei Xie, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgDhaval Shukal, PhD

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Dhirendra P. Singh, PhD, Lab

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shukla,_mamta_pic.jpgMamta Shukla, PhD
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy 

Jordan Rowley, PhD, Lab

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I am working on 3D genome organization and chromatin structure. I am studying the different levels of chromatin organization and their role in altering gene expression and gene regulation.

I am working on the radial organization of chromatin. To study this, I did time-dependent chromatin digestion to prepare Hi-C samples and analyzed Hi-C data to see the changes in chromatin structure at different levels of chromatin organization i.e., compartment, loop, and enhancer-promoter interaction.

I am working on the pairing of homologous chromosomes. I am trying to find out the key factors responsible for homologous pairing, especially the architectural proteins. The effect of these factors on homologous pairing and their role in different levels of chromatin organization and gene expression. I am studying the effect of hyperosmotic stress on chromatin organization and homologous chromosome pairing.

We studied the role of the oestrus cycle in sex-specific alteration in chromatin organization of the female brain. We found cycle-driven dynamism in 3D chromatin organization, including in estrogen response-elements-enriched X-chromosome compartments, autosomal CTCF loops, and enhancer-promoter interactions. With rising estrogen levels, the female 3D genome becomes more like the male genome (Rocks and Shukla et al., Nat Comm., 2022).


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Pharmacy and Practice

DJ Murry, PharmD, Lab

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College of Pharmacy: Experimental Neuroscience

Shilpa Buch, PhD, Lab

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Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Dr. Scot Ouellette, PhD, Lab

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Hi everyone. I am Vandana Singh, Postdoc Research Associate in the lab of Dr. Scot Ouellette, Department of Pathology and Microbiology. I did my Ph. D. from CSIR- central Drug research Institute/JNU, New Delhi, India. My area of research is to probe the unique cell division components and mechanisms in Chlamydia (an unusual bacterium). Please let me know if you have any further questions.


 

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Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

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Department of Surgery: Transplantation Surgery

Jingwei Xie, PhD, Lab

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I was born in Jiangxi Province, China. I obtained my PhD (2017) degree from Center for Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Frontier Institute of Science and Technology at Xi’an Jiaotong University. I joined Xie Lab as a postdoctoral research fellow in Apr. 2018. My research interests include antimicrobial and antibiofilm biomaterials, vitamin Ddelivery, surgical site infection, and chronic wound healing. 


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Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Iqbal Ahmad, PhD, Lab

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Department of Psychiatry

Soonjo Hwang, MD, Lab

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My name is Jiwoo Suk. I was born and raised in Taejeon, South Korea. I received my doctoral degree in Neuropsychology from the Chungnam University. I was a research fellow from 2015 to 2017 at the Korean Basic Science Institute and was a faculty member ate the department of counseling psychology, Honam University in South Korea.

My research has focused on addiction such as substance use disorder and behavioral addiction. Especially, I am interested in whether addictive behavior including internet gaming has harmful effect on our brains enough to be classified as a psychiatric disorder.

Ironically, one of my biggest hobbies is playing online games.

Besides, I love reading, visiting art museums, listening to jazz, chatting with my friends, and cooking Korean food.


 

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Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Pooneh Bagher, PhD, Lab

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I obtained my B.S. in animal science from Iowa State University, followed by my Ph.D. in genetics from Texas A&M University. Over the years, I have worked with mice, zebrafish, and cell culture models in various applications of molecular biology. Currently, I study microvascular physiology in the lab of Dr. Pooneh Bagher, with a focus on calcium signaling in diabetic mouse models. Beyond that, I am very interested in how genetic events impact development and physiology between species, and hope to apply my diverse science background to that end in the future. Outside of research, my hobbies include anything involving nature, art, and philosophy.

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Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy

Shannon Buckley-McKeown, PhD, Lab

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Surinder Batra, PhD, Lab

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I am Anand Thiraviyam. I joined as a post-doctoral research associate at Dr Surinder Batra’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I also work with Dr. Afshin Salehi, pediatric neurosurgeon and Assistant Professor at UNMC. Our research intends to develop nanoformulations to deliver the drug/sensitizing agents across the blood-brain barrier, precisely the tumor location, to treat pediatric glioblastoma by chemotherapy/Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy.

I completed my doctoral degree in Biochemistry at Bharathidasan University, India. My doctoral study deals with elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the anti-cataractogenesis and treatment with nanoeugenol by virtue of its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-apoptotic properties.  

Besides research, I enjoy reading novels, playing soccer, adventure trips, trekking, and driving.


 

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College of Public Health

Ying Zhang, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgQuang Huy Tran, PhD

Surgery-Transplant

Jingwei Xie, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgAndrew Trease, PhD
Department of Neurological Sciences

Howard Fox, PhD, Lab

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unmc-logo-website.jpgDaniel Villageliu, MD, PhD
Internal Medicine: Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine

President of Postdoctoral Association

Derrick Samuelson, PhD, Lab

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I am a new postdoc in the lab of Derrick Samuelson (Will be a year in June).  I graduated from Iowa State with a PhD in Microbiology in 2020.  Prior to that I received my Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 2013 and my B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa.  My area of focus is microbial endocrinology and the study of host-microbe interaction. This includes examining how chemicals like alcohol can influence bacterial metabolism.  In the last four years I garnered 8 publications and two patents. My most recent relevant publication, published this month in Frontiers in Immunology is: The Role of Bacterial Membrane Vesicles in Human Health and Disease.  Another relevant publication is: Production of the Neurotoxin Salsolinol by a Gut-Associated Bacterium and Its Modulation by Alcohol.  In Dr. Samuelson's lab I work to uncover how the effects of alcohol on gut microbes can influence the immune system and contribute to the pathogenesis of diseases like respiratory pneumonia.  


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College of Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dong Wang, PhD, Lab

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I graduated from Jilin University double majoring B.S. in Biotechnology and Chemistry, followed by a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2018. My research interests include the design, synthesis and characterization of polymeric nanomedicines for drug delivery, and the therapeutic evaluation for the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, and healthy concerns for women and children. I am especially interested in the pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of the nanomedicines. In my personal life, I enjoy yoga, taekwondo, swimming, and outdoor activities such as fishing, and hiking. I am also a good cook as a chemist.


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Pharmacy and Practice

Corey Hopkins, PhD, Lab

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 I received my Ph.D. from Sichuan University in the field of organic chemistry in 2019. Then I pursued postdoctoral research work in the field of bioinorganic chemistry in University of Arizona for 3 years. Now I am a postdoc in Dr. Corey Hopkins' lab in Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in UNMC, working in the field of drug discovery.


 

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Surgery-Transplant

Siwei Zhao, PhD, Lab

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I obtained his bachelor degree in bioengineering from Tianjin University in 2014, and Ph.D. degree in antimicrobial polymers from Nanyang Technological University in 2020. After graduation, I completed postdoctoral trainings in Nanyang Technological University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 2022, I joined Dr. Siwei Zhao’s lab in University of Nebraska Medical Center as a postdoctoral research associate. The research is based on the design of medical devices for intraocular and intradermal drug delivery.

 

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Department of Anesthesiology 

Hanjun Wang, PhD, Lab

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I study the role of cardiac afferents in heart failure. Outside of my work, I enjoy movies and cooking.


 

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Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine

Bin Duan, PhD, Lab

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I obtained my BS degree from Southwest University, China, in 2014, and PhD from Donghua University, China, in 2019. I was a postdoc at University of Michigan from 2019 to 2020. I joined Duan lab as a visiting scholar in 2020. Her research lies in the fabrication, modification of biomaterials in drug delivery and tissue engineering applications.


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Pharmacology/Experimental Neuroscience

Howard Gendelman, MD, Lab

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

So-Youn Kim, PhD, Lab

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Department of Neurological Sciences

Sung-Ho Huh, PhD, Lab

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Hello everyone, I am Mohammad Zaidi and I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the department of Neuroscience. Presently, I am associated with Inner-ear development biology group working along with Dr. Sung-Ho Huh. I obtained my PhD degree in vertebrate neurodevelopment from IIT Kanpur, India.  My research interest lies in investigating the gene network regulating the developmental process of tissues and organs with special focus on morphogenesis. Besides, I am interested in travelling, exploring places, history and culture.


unmc-logo-website.jpgFan Zhao, PhD
Department of Surgery: Transplantation Surgery

Siwei Zhao, PhD, Lab

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