Meet our Postdocs

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Amirhossein Abazarikia, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

  


angara.jpgRajendra Angara , PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Recipient of 2020-2021 American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship

Spring 2022, UNMC-Metropolitan Community College Teaching Partnership


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Madan Kumar Arumugam, PhD
Internal Medicine: Gastrointestinal Hepatology

 

 


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


 

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Marta Balog, PhD
Munroe Meyer Institute 


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


 

Mediha Becirov, PhD Mediha Becirovic Agic , PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgRamesh Bellamkonda, PhD

Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology

 

unmc-logo-website.jpgAnjali Bhat, PhD

Cellular/Integrative Physiology 


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


unmc-logo-website.jpgYolande Chan, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

 

chang.jpgJun Ha Chang, PhD
Department of Neurological Sciences


 

divya_thomas_chemparathy_2021.jpgDivya Chemparathy, PhD 
College of Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Sciences


 

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


 

clark.jpgKendra Clark , PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


 

 

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Kaitlin Dailey, PhD 
Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Disease 

During my doctoral studies at NDSU, I became fascinated with the many advantages oncolytic bacteria have over traditional therapeutics. As a result, I pursued specific training in genetic engineering and anaerobic bacteria. I performed studies accomplishing the first CRISPR-mediated modification of Clostridium novyi-NT and established methodologies that have added to the fields of biologic therapeutics. I have chosen to pursue studies to further my training in pancreatic cancer models and bacterial genetics. I am now a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, with joint appointments in the labs of Dr. Michael (Tony) Hollingsworth and Dr. Ken Bayles. I intend to become an independent research scientist with an established largely research-focused career at an academic institution. My interests lie in the development and utilization of microorganisms as disease state therapeutics, specifically in the development and clinical translation of the oncolytic bacterium, Clostridium novyi. I ascribe to the teacher/scholar model and though I am focused on furthering my research pursuits in the immediate future, I would leverage my experience to develop undergraduate and graduate classes, inspiring students in biomedical engineering, cell and molecular biology, and pharmaceutical sciences. 


unmc-logo-website.jpgPallavi Deol, PhD  
College of Pharmacy: Experimental Neuroscience


 

 

unmc-logo-website.jpgNeha Dhyani, PhD

Cellular/Integrative Physiology


 

 

unmc-logo-website.jpgLing Ding, PhD

Pharmaceutical Science


Anthony Donovan PhDAnthony Donovan, PhD
Department of Pharmacy, Practice and Science


 

elesh-ibrahim-2021.pngIbrahim Elesh , PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


 

herzog_kylie.jpgKylee Herzog, PhD

College of Public Health, Epidemiology

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


 

kyoti-kaushal.pngJyoti Kaushal, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Research Award


 

parvez_2.jpgParvez Khan, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgMatthew Kling, PhD
Department of Pediatrics, Hematology, and Oncology


 

korshojheadshot.jpg Lee Korshoj, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology


 

dkumar.jpgDavendra Kumar, PhD
College of Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Sciences


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgNarendra Kumar, PhD
Internal Medicine, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism

 


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


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


 

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


 

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

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

Dr. Bo Liu 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, he moved to Tianjin University where he earned his PhD in materials science in 2019, working on the synthesis and modification polypeptide for cryopreservation. In 2020, Dr. Liu joined Dr. Duan’s Lab at UNMC. He is now interested in fabricating hydrogel and nanoparticles for biological regeneration.


 

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


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgSundararajan Mahalingam, PhD

Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology


 

 

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


 

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

Recipient of the National Cancer Center Fellowship


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


 

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


 

Avinash Melhahalli Veerappa, PhDAvinash Melhahalli Veerappa, PhD
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy 

Vice President of the UNMC Postdoctoral Association

 I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I was previously employed at New York University Langone Medical Center before receiving my Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Mysore. My research focus is primarily in computational genomics and involves the design of new tools and pipelines to model biological systems and to study the complexities of human diseases and disorders.


unmc-logo-website.jpgJuhi Mishra, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


 

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


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgYing Mu, PhD
Department of Pharmacy, Practice and Science


 

 

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Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Recent Grants and Publications: 

Atul K Verma, Shruti Bansal, Christopher Bauer, Abenaya Muralidharan, Keer Sun. Influenza Infection Induces Alveolar Macrophage Dysfunction and Thereby Enables Noninvasive Streptococcus pneumoniae to Cause Deadly Pneumonia. J Immunol, 2020 Sep 15; 205(6):1601-1607.

Dean Gilham, Audrey L. Smith, Li Fu, Dalia Y. Moore, Abenaya Muralidharan, St. Patrick M. Reid, Stephanie C. Stotz, Jan O. Johansson, Michael Sweeney, Norman C. W. Wong, Ewelina Kulikowski, Dalia El-Gamal. Bromodomain and Extraterminal Protein Inhibitor, Apabetalone (RVX-208), Reduces ACE2 Expression and Attenuates SARS-Cov-2 Infection In Vitro. Biomedicines, 2021 Apr; 9(4).

Abenaya Muralidharan, St. Patrick Reid. Complex Roles of Neutrophils during Arboviral Infections. Cells, 2021 May; 10(6).

Grants:  Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship Award, 2021-2024 


nakano.jpgKosuke Nakano, M.D., PhD

Department of Pathology and Microbiology

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.


 

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


 

parte.jpgSeema Parte, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


 

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


 

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


 

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

 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

Dr. Merjulah Roby had completed her Ph.D. in computer science in 2020 from Christ University, Bangalore, India. She has 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. She 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. She 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.  


rozeveld,-cody.jpgCody Rozeveld, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


 

sagar.jpgSatish Sagar, PhD
Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Disease


 

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

 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.


unmc-logo-website.jpgGunjan Sharma, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


 

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


 

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


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgDhaval Shukal, PhD

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


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


seema_singh.jpgSeema Singh, PhD
College of Pharmacy: Experimental Neuroscience


 

Vanda Singh, PhD.jpg Vandana Singh, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology

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.


 

sirpu-natesh-nagabhishek.jpgNagabhishek Sirpu Natesh, PhD
Department of Pathology and Microbiology


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgWonmi So, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences


 

lucascropped.pngLucas Struble , PhD
Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Disease


 

sucropped.jpgYajuan Su, PhD
Department of Surgery: Transplantation Surgery

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


Murali Subramani, PhD.jpgMurali Subrammani, PhD
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences



ji-woo-suk-cropped.jpgJi-Woo Suk, PhD 
Department of Psychiatry


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgSamantha Swenson, PhD
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Anatomy


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgAnand Thiraviyam, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


 

lili-tong-photocropped.jpegLili Tong, PhD
College of Public Health


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


 

huy-q-tran.jpgQuang Huy Tran, PhD

Department of Surgery: Transplant Surgery

Huy Q. Tran has joined to Professor Jingwei Xie’s lab as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Nebraska Medical Center since March 2022 after finishing his Master’s and doctorate degree at Swinburne University, Australia. Huy’s research interests include development of nanomaterial for various biomedical applications, such as tissue engineering and controlled drug delivery system and wound healing.


 

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

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.  


Marcus Waldman, PhDMarcus Waldman, PhD
College of Public Health


 

feiwang.jpgFei Wang, MD 
Department of Radation Oncology


luwen_wang_2021.jpgLuwen Wang, PhD
College of Pharmacy: Experimental Neuroscience


 

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College of Pharmacy: Experimental Neuroscience

I obtained the PhD from Northeast Agricultural University in China. Now I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Xinglong Wang's lab. The study of field is about Alzheimer's disease. 


 

xin-wei.jpg Xin Wei, PhD 
College of Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Sciences

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.


zhiqiu-xia-002.jpegZhiqiu Xia, PhD, MD
Department of Anesthesiology 

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


 

Wen Xue, PhD.jpgWen Xue, PhD
Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Wen Xue obtained BS degree from Southwest University, China, in 2014, and PhD from Donghua University, China, in 2019. She was a postdoc at University of Michigan from 2019 to 2020. Wen 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.


unmc-logo-website.jpgPravin Yeapuri, PhD

Pharmacology/Experimental Neuroscience


unmc-logo-website.jpgSeok-Yeong (Sean) Yu, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Mohammad Ali Abbas Zaidi, PhD.jpgMohammad Ali Abbas Zaidi, PhD
Department of Neurological Sciences

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


 

unmc-logo-website.jpgLi Zheng, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology