Current Laboratory Members
HEAD OF LAB
Anderson Graduate Fellow in Cancer Research
Rene received his BSc. and MSc. degrees from the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, where he worked on lipid metabolism with Dr. Rudolf Zechner. He is currently a graduate student in the Rockefeller University PhD program. In the Fuchs lab, he is interested in posttranslational modifications in skin morphogenesis and stem cell activation.
Cynthia Alexander Rascon
Cynthia received her B.S. in genomic sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and completed a M.Phil. degree in computational biology at the University of Cambridge. Currently, she is a student in The Rockefeller University's Ph.D. program. In the Fuchs lab, she is interested in the mechanisms underlying cell commitment and differentiation of skin stem cells.
Amma received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a MD-PhD student in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD PhD Program where she will complete her PhD as a graduate student at the Rockefeller University. Her research interests are epidermal squamous cell carcinoma and stem cell morphogenesis.
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.
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Kenneth received his BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Imperial College London and is currently a student of The Rockefeller University's PhD program. He is interested in the transcriptional regulation of hair follicle stem cell activity and the hair cycle.
HHMI International Student Research Fellow
Tamara received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from McGill University in Montreal. She is currently a graduate student in the Rockefeller University PhD program. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms regulating the cell cycle and cytoskeletal rearrangements in hair follicle morphogenesis.
Kwanjeong Graduate Fellow
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 is currently a graduate student in the Rockefeller University PhD program. In the Fuchs lab, he is interested in epigenetic regulation of stem cells and cancer cells in skin.
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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.
Vince received his B.S.E. from Pennsylvania State University in Bioengineering. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University where he studied the molecular details of mechanical signal transduction within cell adhesion complexes. His research in the Fuchs lab focuses on the role of extracellular matrix in orchestrating hair follicle morphogenesis and specifying stem cell fate.
Yejing Ge, Ph.D.
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Postdoctoral Fellow
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.
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.
Anita Kulukian, Ph.D.
Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow
Anita received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her graduate studies in Dr. Don Cleveland’s lab at the University of California, San Diego, where she investigated kinetochore-dependent mitotic checkpoint signaling. Her interests in the Fuchs lab are focused on centrosome function in asymmetric cell division.
Melanie Laurin, Ph.D.
Canadian Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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.
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Catherine Lu, Ph.D.
NIH/NIAMS Postdoctoral Fellow
Catherine received her B.S. from National Taiwan University. She completed her Ph.D. in Immunology with Dr. David Roth at New York University, where she worked on the molecular mechanisms of DNA cleavage and transposition by V(D)J recombinase and implications for immune deficiency. Her research interests are in the crosstalk between the epidermis and the immune system.
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
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.
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.
Shruti Naik, Ph.D.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Shruti received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland College Park. She attained her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania- National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program in the laboratory of Dr. Yasmine Belkaid, where she studied host-commensal interactions in the skin. Her research in the Fuchs lab is focused on understanding the crosstalk between immune cells and epidermal stem cells in skin inflammation.
Felipe Garcia Quiroz, Ph.D.
Tri-Institutional Starr Stem Cell Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow
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.
Ataman Sendoel, MD, Ph.D.
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
Ataman studied medicine and performed his residency at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland. He completed his MD-PhD in the laboratory of Michael Hengartner at the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences in Zurich, where he worked on apoptosis in C. elegans. In the Fuchs lab, he will explore the role of skin stem cells in regenerative medicine and cancer.
Karen Tumaneng, Ph.D.
Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow
Karen received her B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Hanover College. She completed her Ph.D. 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 are focused on the role of ECM remodeling in epithelial bud development, tissue regeneration, and cancer.
Linghe Xi, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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Sophia received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and her M.F.A. in photography from University of Illinois at Chicago.
John received his B.S. in Animal Sciences from Cook College and his MS degree in Animal Sciences from Rutgers 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.