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Pooja received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India. Pooja’s doctoral work focused on functional genomics and epigenetic alterations in a C. elegans neurodegenerative disease model. Her current research is focused on discovering novel molecular regulators of mitochondrial calcium signaling and how they may impact chronic diseases such as as neurodegeneration.
2016 Best Scientific Poster award at 4th Annual Temple translational science symposium, Temple University, Philadelphia USA (awarded for the recognition of research work in mitochondrial calcium signaling in Alzheimer’s disease).
2016 Best Scientific Poster Award at 6th Regional Translational Research in Mitochondrial, Aging, and Disease (TriMAD) Symposium at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
2017 CPOW (Committee for Professional Opportunities for Women) Travel Award from Biophysical Society. Press release at EurekAlert
2017 Best Poster Award (2nd place) at Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society (MAPS), Symposium at the Student-Faculty Center at the Temple University Health Sciences Center on October 26, 2017.
2018 The Eliot Stellar Best Scientific Poster Award (1st place)at Annual Meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience on April 26, 2018.
Devin is a senior at Temple University in the Honors Program going into his last semester. He will be graduating with a BS in Biology, as well as a minor in Physics. Devin began working in the lab four years ago as a part of the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) and has remained a lab member ever since. His current projects include producing CRISPR KO cell lines, immunohistochemical identification of cardiac myofibroblasts, and histological staining in Alzheimers disease mouse models. After he earns his degree, Devin hopes to continue on to research at the graduate level.
Jonathan joined the Biomedical Sciences Program at Temple University School of Medicine in 2014. He is an alum of Boston College with a B.S. in Biology. After graduating he joined the laboratory of Dr. John Calvert at Emory University School of Medicine as a research technician. At Emory he primarily studied the cardioprotective effects of hydrogen sulfide, a gaseous signaling molecule, in the setting of heart failure.
Alyssa received her B.S. in biology from Lehigh University. She was a research assistant for 3 years at the University of Pennslyvania where she studied stability mechanisms of the beta-globin gene in the lab of Dr. Eric Russell. She is currently investigating genes and pathways that regulate necrotic cell death. When she is not studying or in the lab, she likes to spend time at the beach in her hometown of Ocean City, NJ.
Tim received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern University in 2010. Before joining the lab, Tim worked at the National Institutes of Health in the Vaccine Research Center as a post-baccalaureate fellow conducting structural and biophysical experiments on the HIV protein, gp120, under Dr. Peter Kwong. His current research focus in the lab is to investigate the role of mitochondrial calcium signaling in heart failure with a focus on the MCU complex and mitochondrial sodium/calcium exchanger.
Emma received her B.S. in bioinformatics from Ramapo College of New Jersey. There she preformed computational based research on the regulation of G-quadruplexes in neurological disorders. Currently, she is developing discovery-based approaches (in silico and in vitro) to identify new genes that may play prominent role in cardiac physiology and disease.
After graduating from Temple University in 2009 Trevor spent two years as an assistant zookeeper at the Philadelphia Zoo, which led him to the jungles of Costa Rica to gain experience in exotic animal rehabilitation and veterinary care. Upon returning to the United States Trevor began a five-year stint in the Smilow Center for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania as an animal care specialist and research assistant, eventually joining the ULAR department in an administrative role. Trevor now manages the daily activities of the Lab and our large mutant mouse colony.
Neil Shah is a Presidential Scholar at Temple University majoring in biochemistry under the pre-med track . Neil started as a summer intern and has since became an integral member of the lab, contributing to multiple projects. Neil's long-term goal is to become an academic research scientist/clinician. Neil will be attending Rutger’s Medical School in the fall.
PAST LAB MEMBERS
Neil Shah, BS Rutgers - Medical School
Tim Luongo, PhD University of Pennsylvania - Post Doc
Anita Mehta, MD Cooper University Hospital - Internal Medicine Resident
Esther Kim Medical Student - Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple Univesity
Mary Nwokedi Howard University - Pharm.D. Program
Ehtesham Arif, PhD Medical University of South Carolina - Staff Scientist