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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

Rene Adam
Anderson Graduate Fellow in Cancer Research
E-mail: Rene.Adam@rockefeller.edu

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.

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 stem cell heterogeneity and squamous cell carcinoma progression.

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

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
Graduate Student
E-mail: Samantha.Larsen@rockefeller.edu

Profile coming soon.

Kenneth Lay
Graduate Student
E-mail: Kenneth.Lay@rockefeller.edu

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.

Hanseul Yang
Kwanjeong Graduate Fellow
E-mail: Hanseul.Yang@rockefeller.edu

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

Profile coming soon.

 

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.
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: Vincent.Fiore@rockefeller.edu

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
E-mail: Yejing.Ge@rockefeller.edu

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
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: Nicholas.Gomez@rockefeller.edu

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
Email: Anita.Kulukian@rockefeller.edu

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

Melanie Laurin, Ph.D.
Canadian Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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.
Postdoctoral Associate
Email: Siqi.Liu@rockefeller.edu

Profile coming soon.

Catherine Lu, Ph.D.
NIH/NIAMS Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Catherine.Pei-Ju.Lu@rockefeller.edu

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.
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.

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Shruti Naik, Ph.D.
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellow
2016 L'Oreal For Women In Science Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: Shruti.Naik@rockefeller.edu

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
E-mail: Felipe.GarciaQuiroz@rockefeller.edu

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.

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Ataman Sendoel, MD, Ph.D.
Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Ataman.Sendoel@rockefeller.edu

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

Karen Tumaneng, Ph.D.
Anderson Cancer Center 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.

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

Sophia Chai
Research Specialist
E-mail: Sophia.Chai@rockefeller.edu

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.

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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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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