People

Current Members

NicoleName: Nicole Dubois

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Job: Assistant Professor

Nationality: Swiss

Bio: Nicole received her B.A.in Cell Biology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zuerich (ETHZ), Switzerland and her Ph.D. from the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. After her postdoctoral research at the McEwen Center for Regenerative Medicine in Toronto she joined Mount Sinai in March 2013.

 

img_0897-copyName: Evan Bardot

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Job: PhD Candidate

Nationality: USA

Bio: Evan received his BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University, where he studied how the early embryonic axes are established in the sea urchin larva. After graduating, he spent time researching how epigenetics control cell specification and differentiation in skin stem cells. Evan joined the lab in the spring of 2015 and has been focused on studying novel cardiac progenitor populations that give rise to the ventricles of the heart. His interests lie in studying fundamental principles of development, and has been utilizing a number of mouse systems developed in the lab to investigate cell specification events that occur during gastrulation.

dscn0354Name: Nadeera Wickramasinghe

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Job: PhD Student

Nationality: Sri Lankan

Bio: Nadeera received her BS in Biology from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2015, where she studied the role of Zelda, a master regulator, in regulating the Neuroepithelial-to-Neuroblast transition in the Drosophila larval brain. Nadeera joined the Dubois lab in the summer of 2016 and has been studying ways of improving cardiomyocyte maturation in vitro by manipulating metabolic and structural cues. Her interests lie in adapting in vivo developmental processes to allow for better in vitro disease modelling, specifically Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.

img-20160720-wa0020_1_1Name: Priyanka Dhanan

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Job: Research Associate

Nationality: Indian

Bio: Priyanka received her BTech in Industrial Biotechnology from Anna University, India, in 2008 and her MS in Biological Sciences from The University of Delaware in 2011 where she studied the preclinical development and validation of human xenograft tumor models in mice for mechanistic and pharmacological evaluation of novel small molecule drugs in clinical oncology. She joined Mount Sinai in October 2014 with an interest in studying drug toxicity and mitigation signatures from iPSC-derived target cells.

Alumni

DamelysName: Damelys Calderon

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Job: Postdoctoral Fellow

Nationality: Venezuelan

Bio: Damelys received her BS in Cell Biology from the Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela, in 2007, her MS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the Université Paris Descartes, France, in 2013 where she studied the immunogenicity of embryonic stem cells and their derived cardiac progenitors. She joined Mount Sinai in February 2014 with an interest in studying human cardiac differentiation and modeling congenital heart disease using human pluripotent stem cells.

Name: Frank Santoriello

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Job: Associate Researcher

Nationality: USA

Bio: Frank received his B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2012, where he studied Forensic Biology, and his M.S. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from New York University in 2014, where he studied transcriptional regulation of sporulation in Bacillus subtilis in the lab of Patrick Eichenberger. Frank joined the lab in 2015 and worked on modeling cardiomyocyte dysfunction in Duchene Muscular Dystrophy with human induced pluripotent stem cells. Frank is now pursuing his PhD in Microbiology at CU Denver, where he is studying mobile genetic effector elements in Vibrio cholerae in the lab of Stefan Pukatzki.

AnnaName: Anna Poppelstone

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Job: Postdoctoral Fellow

Nationality: Scottish

Bio: Anna received her M.Sci in Genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, which included a year research program at the Institute of Medical Technology, Tampere, Finland. She was awarded her D.Phil from the department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford in 2014 and joined Mount Sinai in April 2014.

Rotation Students

Name: James Carter

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Job: Rotation Student

Nationality: USA

Bio: James received his BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, where he studied Notch signaling in human embryonic stem cells undergoing neuronal differentiation. He rotated in the lab during the summer of 2016, working on approaches to improve cardiomyocyte maturation in culture. James is currently a first year medical student at Mount Sinai. 

lily-sarrafhaName: Lily Sarrafha

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Job: Rotation Student

Nationality: Iranian

Bio: Lily received her BS in Biology and MS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Stony Book University in 2013 and 2015, respectively. She rotated in the lab during the spring of 2016, working on cardiac cell differentiation from human pluripotent stem cells. She has since joined the lab of Thomas Zwaka where she uses brain organoids as a model system to understand the effects of the protein alpha-synuclein and other contributing factors on the development of sporadic Parkinson’s Disease.

deepak_web_pictureName: Deepak Kaji

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Job: Rotation Student

Nationality: USA

Bio: Deepak rotated in the lab during the summer of 2014, working on developing cardiac tissue engineering approaches.  He has since joined the lab of Alice Huang, where he works to understand how TGFb signaling controls processes that underpin healing in the neonatal and adult mouse Achilles tendon. Additionally, he is working to develop a functional in-vitro tenogenic differentiation protocol.

photoName: Nick Heitman

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Job: Rotation Student

Nationality: USA

Bio: Nick received his BS in Microbiology from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison, and MS in Biomedical Sciences from Mt. Sinai where he studied the effects of pathogenic FGF signaling on cerebral cortex development in the laboratory of Ethylin Jabs. During his rotation in the summer of 2014, he studied the effects of Wnt-signaling during cardiomyocyte differentiation from ESCs. He has since joined the laboratory of Michael Rendl, where he works on investigating the role of the dermal sheath in hair follicle development and homeostasis.