Ali received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Virginia in 2017 and received the Insight data science fellowship in May 2017. He joined our lab in March 2018 as a data scientist to explore the relationship between mitochondrial dynamics and cellular physiology in pancreatic cancer.
Emma is studying the regulation of mitochondrial dynamics in cancer cells.
Vishal is exploring the consequences of inhibition of mitochondrial fission in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.
Jason is investigating the role of RalA in Pink1/Parkin-mediated mitophagy.
Saad received degrees in Biology and Economics from the University of Virginia in 2014. His work is focused on how the small GTPase RalA and its effector proteins contribute to changes in lipid metabolism following nutrient deprivation.
Senior Laboratory Specialist
Jen received her B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University in 1996. She worked in academia and industry for 15 years before joining the lab in 2012. Jen has a range of experience in nuclear receptors, adipogenesis, gut biology and circadian biology. She currently manages the lab and is developing genetically-engineered mouse models to understand the role of Ras-induced mitochondrial fission in pancreatic cancer.