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Postdoctoral Fellows

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Efsun Arda, PhD

Email: ardah@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Seung Kim

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Hugh Bender, PhD

Email: rhbender@uci.edu

Center: University of California at Irvine

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Lab: Chris Hughes

Role on Project: Integrating human pancreatic islets within a vascularized, micro-organ platform.

Chiara Borsotti, PhD

Email: cb2943@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Lab: Megan Sykes

Role on Project: Development of autoimmune insulitis in the personalized immune (PI) humanized mouse model.

Annie Bowles, PhD

Email: acb233@miami.edu

Center: University of Miami

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Joan Camunas, PhD

Email: jcamunas@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Deborah Chaimov, PhD

Email: dchaimov@ufl.edu

Center: University of Florida

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Cherie Stabler

Role on Project: Working on engineering of physiomimetic platforms for islets. Trying to provide an in vitro device for maintaining the viability and phenotype of primary pancreatic islets.

Yi-Ju Chen, PhD

Email: cheny3@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Ben Stanger

Role on Project: Analyze physiology of human islets and beta-cell-organoids. Generating mature beta cells from intestinal stem cells.

Girish Chitnis, PhD

Center: Harvard Medical Center

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Jeff Karp

Role on Project: Girish is trained as a MEMS and microfluidics engineer. He is interested in utilizing these skills for applications in biology and medicine. He is currently leading the project that aims to sustain and analyze islets in a microfluidic environment.

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Rafael Drigo, PhD

Email: rdrigo@salk.edu

Center: Salk Institute

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Jocelyn Fox, PhD

Email: jm33@ualberta.ca

Center: University of Alberta

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Feorillo Galivo, PhD

Email: galivo@ohsu.edu

Center: Oregon Health and Science University

Job Title: Postdoc

Lab: Markus Grompe

Alannon Gannon, PhD

Email: agannon@seas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Kit Parker

Role on Project: Co-lead of the Parker lab effort for the “Islet on a chip” project. I'm developing ECM based hydrogels for on chip housing and investigating the micro-mechanical environment of primary islets.

Rafael Gras, PhD

Email: rg2837@columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Hans W. Snoeck

Role on Project: To generate thymic epithelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells for modeling of immune responses in type I diabetes in humanized mice.

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Jennifer Kyle, PhD

Email: jennifer.kyle@pnnl.gov

Center: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Tom Metz

Role on Project: She has been refining liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based lipidomics analyses, including the development of novel informatics tools for confident lipid identification. She is performing lipidomics analyses of pancreatic islets.

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Dong-Jin Lim, PhD

Email: dan_lim@mit.edu

Center: Harvard Medical School

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Jeff Karp

Role on Project: Working on identifying suitable microenvironment for islets and stem cell derived islet-like-clusters . He is also interested in developing assays using mass-spectrometry to gain deeper understanding of the secretomic profile of these cells.

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Mohsen Khosravi Maharlooei, PhD

Email: mkm2182@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Megan Sykes

Role on Project: Generation of personalized immune humanized mice with T1D and HC CD34+ HSCs and HLA-matched fetal thymus in NSG mice transgenic for HLA-A2 and HLA-DQ8 and then vaccinate them with different auto-antigens implicated in T1D induction in order to induce autoimmunity and insulitis in this model.

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Kim-Vy Nguyen-Ngoc, PhD

Email: knguyenngoc@ucsd.edu

Center: University of California at San Diego

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Maike Sander

Role on Project: Establish 3D organotypic culture model of pancreatic cells derived from hESCs. Identify strategies to vascularize islet organoids in 3D culture.

Dario Nicetto, PhD

Email: dnicetto@mail.med.upenn.edu

Center: University of Pennsylvania

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Ken Zaret

Role on Project: Reconstituting human pancreatic beta cells in multicellular 3D organoids.

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Audrey Parent, PhD

Email: Audrey.parent@ucsf.edu

Center: University of California, San Francisco

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Mark Anderson, Matthias Hebrok

Role on Project: Generation of thymic epithelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells and development of humanized mouse models to study thymic function in vivo"

Heshan Peiris, PhD

Email: hpeiris@stanford.edu

Center: Stanford University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Seung Kim

Ben Pope, PhD

Email: pope@seas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Kit Parker

Role on Project: Co-lead of the Parker lab effort for the “Islet on a chip” project. I’m developing on-chip assays of islet function and a platform for in vitro metabolic circuits

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Lisa Scudder, PhD

Email: lscudder@seas.harvard.edu

Center: Harvard University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Kit Parker

Role on Project: Works on the electrophysiological response of stem cell derived-beta cells to glucose and islet ion channel biology.

Lina Sui, PhD

Email: ls3178@cumc.columbia.edu

Center: Columbia University

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Dieter Egli

Role on Project: Modeling diabetes with human induced pluripotent stem cells. I am working on the differentiation of pancreatic beta cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells derived from Type I diabetes patients in vitro and transplantation of derived beta cells in vivo for functionality study.

Farooq Syed, PhD

Email: fsyed@iupui.edu

Center: Indiana University School of Medicine

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Raghu Mirmira

Role on Project: Focuses on identifying new epigenetic modifications to genes in human β cells, and to develop bio-assays (ddPCR) to detect these modifications in the circulationuses on identifying new epigenetic modifications to genes in human β cells, and to develop bio-assays (ddPCR) to detect these modifications in the circulation

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Email: lthielen@uab.edu

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Matthew Wortham, PhD

Email: mwortham@ucsd.edu

Center: University of California at San Diego

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Maike Sander

Role on Project: Design of conditions to optimize β-cell survival and function in biomimetic devices. Physiological characterization of islets cultured in devices or embedded in extracellular matrix.

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Guanlu Xu, PhD

Email: guanlanxu@uabmc.edu

Center: University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Kisuk Yang, PhD

Email: kisuky@mit.edu

Center: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Lab: Jeffrey Karp

Role on Project: Recapitulation of in vivo-like pancreatic islet niches for functional islet differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells.

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