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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

Chris Cowley

Christopher Cowley
NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award - F99/K00
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
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral F30 MD/PhD Degree Fellow
E-mail: Brian.Hurwitz@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
2020 Robertson Therapeutic Development Fund - Proof of Concept Award
2018 Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Degree Fellows (F30)

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.

Irem

Irem Izgi
Graduate Fellow
E-mail: irem.izgi@rockefeller.edu

Irem received her B.S. from Bogazici University in Turkey where she worked on post-translational protein modifications. She is currently a graduate student in the PhD program at Rockefeller University. In the Fuchs lab, she is interested in the effects of mechanical forces on cell metabolism during skin development.

Jesse

Jesse Novak
Biomedical Fellow
E-mail: Jesse.Novak@rockefeller.edu

Jesse received his B.A. in Molecular Biology and Chinese from Middlebury College, where he studied synaptic transmission in C. elegans in the lab of Dr. Glen Ernstrom and is currently an MD-PhD student in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program. In the lab, he studies the role of intermediary metabolism in physiologic tissue regeneration and wound healing.

Raj

Sairaj Sajjath
Graduate Fellow
E-mail: sairajmunavar.sajjath@rockefeller.edu

Raj received his B.A. in Biology from Columbia University in 2019, where he studied mechanisms of dendritic cell hematopoiesis under Dr. Kang Liu. He is currently a graduate student in the David Rockefeller PhD program, and is interested in the long-term effects of inflammation on epithelial stem cells.

Marina

Marina Schernthanner
Women and Science Graduate Fellow
E-mail: Marina.Schernthanner@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
2019-2020 Women and Science Graduate Fellowship

Marina received her BSc degree in Biology and MSc degree in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of Innsbruck in Austria. For her master thesis work she studied the role of prostaglandin signaling at the epithelial-mesenchymal interface in the intestine in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Flavell at the Yale School of Medicine. Marina is currently a graduate student in the PhD program at the Rockefeller University. In the Fuchs lab she is interested in methods of stem cell niche regulation with a particular focus on immune-epithelial crosstalk within the skin and intestine.

Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson
Graduate Fellow
E-mail: Elizabeth.Thompson@rockefeller.edu

Ellie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. with Honors in Neurobiology. During her undergraduate and post-baccalaureate career, Ellie studied the developmental regulation of axon regeneration in the context of spinal cord injury in the lab of Darcie Moore and explored mechanisms of Sox2 regulation in squamous cell carcinoma in the lab of Markus Schober. In the Fuchs Lab, Ellie is interested in the mechanisms of tumor initiation.

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

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.

leo

Leo Yuan
NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award F31 Predoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Shaopeng.Yuan@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
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

Merve Deniz Abdusselamoglu, Ph.D.
EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: MerveDeniz.Abdusselamoglu@rockefeller.edu

Deniz received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University in Turkey. She completed her PhD in the laboratory of Prof. Juergen A. Knoblich at Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) and University of Vienna in Austria. During her PhD, she worked on gene regulatory networks and chromatin remodeling during lineage progression of neural stem cells. In the Fuchs lab, she is interested in deciphering how tissue stem cells make fate decisions in homeostasis and cancer progression.

Inwha Baek

Inwha Baek, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: Inwha.Baek@rockefeller.edu

Inwha received her B.S. in Pharmacy and her M.S. in Biochemistry from Seoul National University in South Korea. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Buratowski, where she worked on RNA polymerase II transcription. In the Fuchs lab, Inwha is interested in exploring how gene expression programs are reprogrammed during epidermal differentiation and tumor progression.

Alain Bonny

Alain Bonny, Ph.D.
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Alain.Bonny@rockefeller.edu

During skin wound healing, the site of injury needs to precisely coordinate ending the inflammatory response with the initiation of skin regrowth. In the Fuchs lab, Alain is interested in understanding the intercellular signaling that mediates the coordination between the resolution of inflammation and re-epithelialization during skin wound healing.

Anita Gola, Ph.D.
National Mah Jongg League Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (DRG-2409-20) Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Anita.Gola@rockefeller.edu

Anita received her BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Southampton (UK), and after getting a MSc in Integrated Immunology at the University of Oxford started per doctoral studies on a Wellcome-Trust NIH PhD Fellowship. Her joint PhD program involved working first with Dr. Adrian Hill (Jenner Institute, University of Oxford) on liver-stage malaria vaccines, and then with Dr. Ronald Germain (LISB, NIH) on immune-spatial positioning in the liver microenvironment. In the Fuchs lab, Anita will use the skin as a model tissue to understand the intricate interactions and spatial positioning between skin stem cells and immune resident cells.

Kevin Gonzales

Kevin Andrew Uy Gonzales, Ph.D.
Irvington Cancer Research 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.

Christine Long

Shiri Gur-Cohen, Ph.D.
The Robin Chemers Neustein Awardee
E-mail: Shiri.Gur-Cohen@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
2021 Tri-Institutional Breakout Award for Junior Investigators
2020 Robertson Therapeutic Development award
2018 The Reason - Women in Science Award
2018 Human Frontier Science Program Fellowship
2016 European Molecular Biology Organization Fellowship

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.

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Nicola Guzzi, Ph.D.
HHMI Jane Coffin Childs Associate
E-mail: Nicola.Guzzi@rockefeller.edu

Nicola received his B.Sc. in Biotechnology from the University of Pavia, in Italy and his M.Sc. in Biomedicine from Lund University, in Sweden. He completed his PhD with Dr. Cristian Bellodi at Lund University, where he unraveled a contribution of the RNA modification pseudouridine to stem cell fate decision and leukemia transformation. In the Fuchs lab, Nicola is interested in exploring the translational regulatory mechanisms driving tumor progression.

Yun Ha Hur

Yun Ha Hur, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
E-mail: YunHa.Hur@rockefeller.edu

Yun Ha received her D.V.M. from Seoul National University in South Korea and completed her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Cerione at Cornell University. During her Ph.D., she discovered that embryonic stem cells generate extracellular vesicles which help maintain pluripotency in recipient embryonic stem cells. In the Fuchs lab, she is interested in understanding how the aging tumor microenvironment impacts cancer progression.

Yonit Lavin

Yonit Lavin, MD, Ph.D.
Medical Oncology Clinical Fellow MSKCC, T32
Email: Yonit.Lavin@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
MSK Clinical Scholars T32, CTSA Pilot Grant Proposal

Yonit received her BA in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard University. She completed her MD/PhD at Mount Sinai with Miriam Merad studying tissue resident macrophages in steady state and tumors. She is currently a Medical Oncology Fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering and a Post-doctoral Research fellow in the Fuchs lab studying the role of myeloid cells in squamous cell carcinoma progression and metastasis.

Siqi Liu, Ph.D.
K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Fellow
Email: Siqi.Liu@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellowship

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.

Rachel Niec, MD, Ph.D.
Clinical Scholar
E-mail: Rachel.Niec@rockefeller.edu

Rachel received her B.A. in Molecular Biology from Mills College in California and completed her MD and PhD in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD training program at The Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Weill Cornell Medicine. Her PhD research with Dr. Alexander Rudensky at Memorial Sloan Kettering focused on regulatory T cell-mediated control of inflammation at barrier surfaces. She is currently board-certified in internal medicine and is completing a research-track fellowship in Gastroenterology at Weill Cornell. In the Fuchs lab, Rachel is interested in exploring immune-epithelial interactions within the skin and gastrointestinal tract.

Martina Parigi, Ph.D.
Nicholson Exchange Program Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Martina.Parigi@rockefeller.edu

Martina received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in medical, molecular and cellular Biotechnology from San Raffaele University in Italy. She then joined Dr. Eduardo Villablanca’s lab at Karolinska Institute in Sweden for her PhD, where she studied how intestinal epithelial cells adapt to damage and undergo regeneration while avoiding neoplastic transformation. In the Fuchs lab, she is interested in studying the crosstalk between immune cells and stem cells in homeostasis and upon wound healing in the skin.

Katie Stewart

Katherine Stewart, Ph.D.
NYSCF-Druckenmiller 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.
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellow
Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellow in Aging
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.

Charles Xu
National Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellow
E-mail: Chiwei.Xu@rockefeller.edu

Awards Received:
C.H. Li Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship

Charles obtained his PhD in Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University. His PhD work in Professor Norbert Perrimon's lab focused on studying tissue homeostasis in the Drosophila midgut. In the Fuchs' lab, he will take advantage of the emerging single-cell RNA-seq data and the lentiviral delivery technique to explore the basic principles of tissue biology. He is specifically interested in both inter-organelle and tissue communication during the processes of stem cell differentiation and tumorigenesis.

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 M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology, and Animal Behavior & Conservation Psychology Certificate 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
Research Specialist
E-mail: Lynette.Hidalgo@rockefeller.edu

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

Tatiana Omelchenko

Tatiana Omelchenko
Research Specialist
E-mail: Tatiana.Omelchenko@rockefeller.edu

Tatiana earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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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.

 

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