Zizhen “Jane” Zha joins LSI as a new graduate student. Jane completed her bachelors at Washington University in St. Louis in BME and minored in Computer Science. Jane worked in Dr. Lori Setton’s lab as an undergraduate and later post-bac researcher, receiving the BioSURF fellowship along the way. Read more about Jane here.
Congratulations to Quoc Mac for completing his Ph.D.! Quoc will be working as a Research Scientist for Takeda in Cambridge, MA. LSI wishes you best of luck!
Congratulations to Ian Miller and Shreyas Dahotre for being the first two graduate students to leave the lab as Ph.D.’s! Ian will be working as a Research Scientist for Intellia Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA, and Shreyas will be working as a Research Scientist for Obsidian Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA. LSI wishes you best of luck!
Aaron Silva Trenkle joins LSI as a new graduate student. Aaron completed his bachelors at the University of Iowa in BME and minored in German. Aaron was part of two labs at UIowa and spent two summers performing research in Germany through the DAAD RISE program. Read more about Aaron here.
Kelsey Kubelick joins LSI as a new post-doc. Kelsey is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She completed her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech in 2020 with Dr. Stanislav Emelianov in the Ultrasound Imaging and Therapeutics Research Lab. Her dissertation research focused on developing photoacoustic imaging methods to track cells and particles. Read more about Kelsey here.
Hathaichanok “Noina” Phuengkham joins LSI as a new post-doc. Noina originally hails from Thailand and completed her Ph.D. studies at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea where she developed biomaterials to alter immunosuppressive tumor microenvironments with Dr. Yong Taik Lim. Read more about Noina here.
Ali was raised in San Diego, CA before moving to São Paulo, Brazil for three years. He attended UCSD where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Bioengineering. As an undergraduate, he developed a STEM immersion program for a local high school. In the lab, Ali investigated new drug delivery techniques to reduce patient non-compliance, which received funding from NSF I-Corps and the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program. He then continued his studies with Dr. Yingxiao Wang exploring novel methods to remotely activate cells using heat before graduating with an M.S. in 2019. In LSI, Ali is pursuing his Ph.D. to develop new immunotherapies. He loves to travel, eat, and play pick-up sports in his free time.
Adrian was born in Dover, Delaware but spent half of his life in Dahlonega, GA. He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During his undergraduate years, he worked in Dr. Amy Medlock’s laboratory, investigating the regulatory roles of Peroxiredoxin 5 and Progesterone Receptor Membrane Component 1 in heme biosynthesis. Upon graduating, he worked for Omega Bioservices where he focused on DNA/RNA isolation as well as DNA sequencing through Illumina platforms. In his spare time, he enjoys reading anything nonfiction, playing video games, and exercising.
Anirudh grew up in Dallas, TX. His love for chemistry and tenure as a mathlete spurred him to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin summa cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Mathematics. As a Cockrell Engineering Honors Scholar, Anirudh worked in Dr. Lydia Contreras’ lab, investigating the effects of disease-impactful chemical modifications on tRNA structure, and later in Dr. George Georgiou’s lab, helping engineer a protein therapeutic to fight cancerous immune suppression. He spent his summers studying the structure of proteins related to stroke and HIV latency at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (with Dr. Patrick Wintrode), and Merck Research Labs. Anirudh is now an NSF Fellow in the joint Georgia Tech and Emory University BME PhD program and joined the LSI to make an impact on cancer immunotherapy. Outside of graduate school, Anirudh loves watching sports (excessively), trying new foods, spending time with family, and exploring Atlanta.
James grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biotechnology from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2011. James spent the next two years as a research technician at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the laboratory of Dr. James Palis, where he studied hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell biology. To escape the brutal NY winters, James moved to Atlanta, GA in 2013 to a pursue a PhD at Emory University in Immunology. At Emory, James worked in the laboratory of Dr. Mehul Suthar, where his research focused on understanding the mechanisms used by pathogenic flavivirus (West Nile virus, Zika virus) to antagonize the human immune response. James received his PhD from Emory in July of 2017, publishing first author papers in both Cell Host Microbe and PLOS Pathogens. Currently, James is a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in developing synthetic biomarkers to monitor cancer immunotherapy. Outside of the lab, James enjoys cooking, eating great food, and spending time outdoors.