Current Laboratory Members
HEAD OF LAB
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F31 Biomedical Fellow
2018 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Sanjee received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and he is currently an MD-PhD student in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. He will complete his PhD at the Rockefeller University and his research interests are in the crosstalk between intermediary metabolism and post-translational regulation of stem cells during homeostasis and tumorigenesis.
Chris received his BS in neuroscience from Ohio State University, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Foust on gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy. After graduation, Chris went on to work as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Greenberg at Harvard Medical School, where he focused on growth-factor induced enhancer specification in fibroblasts. He is currently a graduate student in the David Rockefeller PhD program and is working on the effects of inflammation on epithelial stem cells.
Brian graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Biomedical Science and is currently in the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD program. In the Fuchs lab Brian studies the contribution of posttranscriptional gene regulation to stem cells and cancer.
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F31 Graduate Fellow
2018 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
2016-2017 Women and Science Graduate Fellowship
Nicole received her B.S. in Biology from Georgia Southern University, then worked as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Yael Mosse at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is currently a PhD student at the Rockefeller University, and her research interests include basal cell carcinoma and melanocyte biology.
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F31 Graduate Fellow
2018 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Participant (1 of 29 nationwide)
2017 Robertson Therapeutic Development Foundation Research Grant ($50,000)
2017 Best Talk, Gordon Research Seminar Epithelial Differentiation and Keratinization
2016 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
2016 Best Poster, Anderson Research Cancer Symposium
2013-2014 Rockefeller Women and Science Graduate Fellowship
Samantha received her B.S. in Molecular Biology and B.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked at the Pittsburgh Institute of Neurodegenerative Disease in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Palladino. She is a graduate fellow at Rockefeller University, where she studies the crosstalk between immune cells and stem cells in the skin within the context of inflammation.
Yihao Yang received his B.S. from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Kathrin Plath on X chromosome inactivation mechanism in human embryonic stem cells. He is currently a graduate student in the PhD program at Rockefeller University. He is interested in chromatin remodeling in epidermal differentiation and cancer progression.
NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellow
2018 NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
Leo received his B.S. in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley, where he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with Dr. Stephan Friedrich. After graduation, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. John Fahy in the Cardiovascular Research Institute at University of California, San Francisco, where he studied the pathology of airway diseases. He is currently a PhD student at the Rockefeller University, and his research interests include cancer malignancy and progression.
POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATES & FELLOWS
Stephanie Ellis, Ph.D.
HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow
Stephanie received her B.Sc. and PhD from the University of British Columbia, where she worked with Prof. Guy Tanentzapf. In her PhD, she used the developing Drosophila embryo as a model to dissect the roles of integrin-mediated adhesion during tissue morphogenesis and maintenance. In the Fuchs lab, Stephanie will explore how cytoskeletal and adhesion dynamics contribute to the formation of complex tissue architecture in the skin.
Vince Fiore, Ph.D.
Charles H. Revson Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
2018 American Society for Matrix Biology Founders Award
Vince received his B.S.E. from Pennsylvania State University in Bioengineering. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in the lab of Prof. Thomas Barker at Georgia Tech and Emory University, where he studied the molecular details of mechanical-chemical signal transduction within cell adhesion complexes. His research in the Fuchs lab focuses on the role of mechanical forces and extracellular matrix in orchestrating skin appendage morphogenesis and cancer progression.
Nick Gomez, Ph.D.
NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellow
2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP
Nick received his B.S. from the University of Washington in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying chromatin dynamics of stem cells and cancer in Dr. Ian Davis’ laboratory. In the Fuchs lab he is interested in chromatin remodeling of stem cells during fate specification.
Kevin Andrew Uy Gonzales, Ph.D.
Human Frontier Science Program Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow
Kevin received his B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and completed his Ph.D from the National University of Singapore. He has worked in the laboratory of Dr. Huck Hui Ng at the Genome Institute of Singapore, where he focused on stem cell biology and dissected the mechanisms of human embryonic stem cell differentiation. In the Fuchs lab, Kevin is interested in studying fate transitions between skin stem cells during wound healing.
Shiri Gur-Cohen, Ph.D.
Human Frontier Science Postdoctoral Fellow
2018 The Reason - Women in Science Award
Shiri received her B.A degree in Molecular Biochemistry and M. Sc degree in Medical Sciences from the Technion Institute, Israel. She completed her Ph.D in the Immunology department in the laboratory of Prof. Tsvee Lapidot at the Weizmann Institute in Israel, where she worked on bone marrow-derived hematopoietic stem cell retention and mobilization. Her current research interests in the Fuchs lab are dissecting the spatiotemporal crosstalk between hair follicle stem cells and their supporting microenvironment during fate specification.
Melanie Laurin, Ph.D.
Mélanie received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Montreal. While in the laboratory of Dr. Jean-François Côté at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute, she dissected the function of the cytoskeletal regulator DOCK1 during development and disease. In the Fuchs lab, she will be studying the importance of cytoskeletal regulation during hair follicle morphogenesis.
Siqi Liu, Ph.D.
Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow
Siqi received my Ph.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. While in the lab of Dr. Zhijian James Chen, she studied the mechanism of how our body defends against pathogen infections through the activation of innate immune pathways. In Fuchs lab, her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanism underlying epithelial and immune cross-talk during wound repair and tissue regeneration.
Irina Matos, Ph.D.
Irina received her Ph.D. in Biomedicine from the University of Porto, Portugal. While in the laboratory of Dr. Helder Maiato at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, she dissected the mechanisms behind the synchrony of chromosome segregation during mitosis. In the Fuchs lab, she will be studying the importance of cytoskeleton dynamics during skin development.
Aaron Mertz, Ph.D.
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
2018 Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) Global STEM Service Award
2017 Chair, Gordon Research Seminar, Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization (elected at 2015 GRS)
2017 Distinguished Graduate Award, William Fremd High School, Palatine, Illinois
2016 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship
2016 Best Postdoc Talk, Gordon Research Seminar on Cell Polarity in Development and Disease
2014 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology, Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Engineering
Aaron received his A.B. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.Phil. in the history of science, medicine, and technology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed his Ph.D. in physics as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Yale University, where he researched the physics of cellular adhesion and tissue formation in the laboratories of Prof. Eric Dufresne and Prof. Valerie Horsley. His current studies are on the role of mechanics in epithelial development.
Phoenix Miao, Ph.D.
Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow
Phoenix received his B. S. from Beijing Institute of Technology, China. He completed his Ph.D in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology with Dr. Soman Abraham at Duke University, where he worked on innate immune responses against urinary tract infections. In Fuchs lab, his research will be focused on the interaction between cancer stem cells and immune system.
Felipe Garcia Quiroz, Ph.D.
Burroughs Welcome Fund CASI Postdoctoral Fellow
2017 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface
Felipe received his PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University for his work in the laboratory of Prof. Ashutosh Chilkoti on the engineering of biopolymers that undergo thermally-triggered phase transitions. Besides the biomedical utility of these polymers, his work provided new insights into the sequence determinants of phase transition behavior in intrinsically disordered proteins. In the Fuchs Lab, Felipe studies the formation and regeneration of the skin through the lenses of molecular self-assembly.
Katherine Stewart, Ph.D.
Canadian Institute of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Katie received her BSc in Biochemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, and then moved to the PhD program at McGill University where she worked with Dr. Maxime Bouchard. During her PhD, she investigated the regulation of apoptosis by LAR-family tyrosine phosphatases during urogenital system development, and its links to pediatric disease. In the Fuchs lab, Katie is exploring how death signaling impacts the turnover of hair follicle stem cells.
Matthew Tierney, Ph.D.
Matt received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Dr. Alessandra Sacco’s lab, where he studied the microenvironmental control of stem cell behavior in skeletal muscle. His research in the Fuchs lab will focus on the metabolic regulation of stem cell fate decisions during hair follicle regeneration and cancer.
Karen Tumaneng, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
Karen received her B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from Hanover College. She completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Kun-Liang Guan at the University of California, San Diego, where she investigated the mechanisms of the Hippo-YAP pathway in organ size control and the regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Her interests in the Fuchs lab focus on dissecting the molecular mechanisms governing malignant cancer progression.
Linghe Xi, Ph.D.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Linghe Xi received her B.S. from Tsinghua University, China. She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology with Dr. Thomas Cech at University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied human telomerase biology. Her current research interests involve molecular mechanisms underlying stem cell fate specification.
2018 Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship
2017 ASCB Annual Meeting Travel Award
2017 KASBP-Yuhan Fellowship Award
2016 AACR-Aflac, Inc. Scholar-in-Training Award
2016 NYKB Student Award
Hanseul received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from KAIST in Korea, where he worked on vascular biology with Dr. Gou Young Koh and Dr. Injune Kim. He received his Ph.D. in the Rockefeller University PhD program. In the Fuchs lab, he is interested in epigenetic regulation of stem cells and cancer cells in skin.
Maria received her M.S. degree in Biotechnology from University of Sofia, Bulgaria.
Lisa received her B.S. in Animal Biology from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urban and her M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from CUNY Hunter College.
Ellen received her B.A. in Biochemistry at Smith College.
RESEARCH SUPPORT STAFF
Lynette received her B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College, CUNY.
John received his B.S. in Animal Sciences from Cook College and his MS degree in Animal Sciences from Rutgers University.
Sarah received her BS in Biology from The College of New Jersey and her MS in Genetics & Molecular Biology from Emory University.
June received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University.
Megan received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Southern California.