SARITHA SANDRA D’SOUZA, PHD
Present Research: My research in the lab is focused on establishing a culture system that induces hematopoietic cell differentiation from Cynomolgus monkey iPSCs. In addition I am also working on the functional heterogeneity of human pluripotent stem cell derived endothelial progenitors.
Educational background: I completed my PhD from the University of Mysore, Karnataka, India in 2011. My doctoral work was focused on the regulation of tumor angiogenesis by angiopoietins. Part of my doctoral research work was completed in thePediatric Oncology laboratory, University Hospital, Freiburg, Germany, wherein I worked on RNA interference technique to silence Angiopoietin 2 and its subsequent effect on neuroblastoma progression. The work also included drug-based therapy against angiopoietins in a xenograft model of neuroblastoma.
Personal Info: I celebrate my birthday the same day as my husband. I moved to Madison with my small family in 2011. Having lived in India, Germany and now in USA I have mastered the skill to communicate in 6 languages, though my German is no good at all. I love to dance, travel and I am looking forward to good memories here in the USA.
HO SUN JUNG, PHD
Research Interests: site specific integration using ZFN and CRISPR in Human Embryonic Stem cell
BS – Inje University, South Korea
MS – Hanyang University, South Korea
PhD – Yonsei Univeisiry, South Korea
ADITI MAJUMDER, Ph.D
B.Sc (2010): University of Calcutta, India
M.Sc (2012): Jadavpur University, India
Ph.D (2020): Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Manipal University, India
Research Interest: Generation of different types of blood cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells using modified mRNA for immunotherapy.
Personal Information: I love to enjoy music and traveling. My special interest is to learn different genres of music.
I am a PhD student in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program in the School of Veterinary Medicine. My research project focuses on utilizing human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to differentiate functional macrophages and other innate immune cells to explore potential anti-tumor cellular immunotherapies.
NICK STRELCHENKO, PHD
I received my PhD in somatic cell genetics in an animal genetics laboratory at the Institute of General Genetics Academy Science USSR in Moscow. My major scientific interest is in stem cell reprogramming. My previous work involved a novel cloning project at the American Breeders Service that was successfully completed in 1997. Later, I began work with human ES-cell lines at the Reproductive Genetics Institute in Chicago, where over 80 ES-cell lines derived from genetically affected embryos were established. I recently joined the Slukvin lab to develop a novel model of bone marrow transplantation in non-human primates.
I am a Yellow Jacket Alum (UW-Superior); here, I earned my B.A in biochemistry, played for the college basketball team, and took long walks on the beach listening to the intro of careless whisper on repeat. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and from a young age I was indoctrinated into the Badger and Cheese head nation. I enjoy cross country skiing, biking, running, and jumping.