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Current Laboratory Members

HEAD OF LAB

Elane Fuchs

Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor; Investigator, HHMI
E-mail: Elaine.Fuchs@rockefeller.edu

Biographical Sketch

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Christine Long

Christine Long
Phone: 212.327.7953
Fax: 212.327.7954
E-mail: Christine.Long@rockefeller.edu

 

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Sanjeethan Baksh

Sanjeethan Baksh
Biomedical Fellow
E-mail: Sanjeethan.Baksh@rockefeller.edu

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 Cowley

Christopher Cowley
Graduate Student
E-mail: Christopher.Cowley@rockefeller.edu

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 Hurwitz

Brian Hurwitz
Biomedical Fellow
E-mail: Brian.Hurwitz@rockefeller.edu

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.

Nicole Infarinato
Graduate Student
E-mail: Nicole.Infarinato@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received: 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.

Samantha Larsen
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F31 Graduate Fellow
E-mail: Samantha.Larsen@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
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.

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Yihao Yang
Graduate Student
E-mail: Yihao.Yang@rockefeller.edu

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Leo Yuan
Graduate Fellow
E-mail: Shaopeng.Yuan@rockefeller.edu

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATES & FELLOWS

Stephanie Ellis, Ph.D.
HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Stephanie.Ellis@rockefeller.edu

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.

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Vince Fiore, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Vincent.Fiore@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
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.

Yejing Ge, Ph.D.
NIAMS K01 Career Development Award
Diamond/AFAR Postdoctoral Transitional Award Fellow
E-mail: Yejing.Ge@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
2015-2017 Robertson Therapeutic Development Fund
2014-2017 Department of Defense Postdoctoral Award
2013 Women and Science Postdoctoral Award

Yejing received her B.S. from Tsinghua University, China. She completed her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental  Biology with Dr. Jie Chen at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she worked on the mTOR signaling and the regulation of skeletal myogenesis. Her current research interests are the function of microRNAs and non-coding RNAs in hair follicle stem cells and cancer.

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Nick Gomez, Ph.D.
NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Nicholas.Gomez@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
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 Gonzales

Kevin Andrew Uy Gonzales, Ph.D.
Human Frontier Science Program Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Kevin.Gonzales@rockefeller.edu

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.

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Shiri Gur-Cohen, Ph.D.
Human Frontier Science Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Shiri.Gur-Cohen@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
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

Melanie Laurin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Email: Melanie.Laurin@rockefeller.edu

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
Email: Siqi.Liu@rockefeller.edu

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.
Postdoctoral Associate
Email: Irina.Matos@rockefeller.edu

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.

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Aaron Mertz, Ph.D.
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology
Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: Aaron.Mertz@rockefeller.edu

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

Phoenix Miao, Ph.D.
Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Yuxuan.Miao@rockefeller.edu

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
E-mail: Felipe.GarciaQuiroz@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
2017 Burroughs Welcome 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.

 

Katie Stewart

Katherine Stewart, Ph.D.
Canadian Institute of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Katherine.Stewart@rockefeller.edu

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.

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Matthew Tierney, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: Matthew.Tierney@rockefeller.edu

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

Karen Tumaneng, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: Karen.Tumaneng@rockefeller.edu

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

Linghe Xi, Ph.D.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: Linghe.Xi@rockefeller.edu

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.

Hanseul Yang
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: Hanseul.Yang@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
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.

 

 

STAFF 

LABORATORY MANAGERS

Maria Nikolova
Laboratory Manager
Phone: 212.327.7481
E-mail: Maria.Nikolova@rockefeller.edu

Maria received her M.S. degree in Biotechnology from University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

LISA

Lisa Polak
Laboratory Manager
Phone: 212.327.7459
E-mail: Lisa.Polak@rockefeller.edu

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 Wong
Laboratory Manager
Phone: 212.327.7481
E-mail: Ellen.Wong@rockefeller.edu

Ellen received her B.A. in Biochemistry at Smith College.

 

 

RESEARCH SUPPORT STAFF

 

Lynette

Lynette Hidalgo
Laboratory Technician
E-mail: Lynette.Hidalgo@rockefeller.edu

Lynette received her B.S. in Forensic Science from John Jay College, CUNY.

 

 

John

John Levorse
Research Specialist
E-mail: John.Levorse@rockefeller.edu

John received his B.S. in Animal Sciences from Cook College and his MS degree in Animal Sciences from Rutgers University.

 

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Sarah Mereby
Research Assistant
E-mail: Sarah.Mereby@rockefeller.edu

Sarah received her BS in Biology from The College of New Jersey and her MS in Genetics & Molecular Biology from Emory University.

 

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June Racelis
Research Specialist
E-mail: June.DelaCruz@rockefeller.edu

June received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Old Dominion University.

 

Megan Sribour
Research Specialist
E-mail: Megan.Sribour@rockefeller.edu

Megan received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Southern California.

HEAD OF LABElaine Fuchs, Ph.D. Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor; Investigator, HHMI E-mail: Elaine.Fuchs@rockefeller.eduBiographical SketchADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTChris