Who We Are

Educating and Researching to Make a Difference

Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD.

Director for The Center for Cell Reprogramming
Richard Schlegel, MD, PhD.

“It’s a dream of a scientist to be able to discover something in a laboratory that might not only be interesting to other scientists but have an impact on healthcare in the country, or in this case, the entire world…so it’s an exciting time!”

– Dr. Richard Schlegel, Chair of Department of Pathology and Director of Center for Cell Reprogramming, GUMC

Faculty

Seema Agarwal, PhD

Associate Professor

• In Vitro Cell Line Models
• Signaling Pathways
• Cell Model Systems

Seema Agarwal, PhD

Ewa Krawczyk, PhD

Assistant Professor

• CRC Lab Manager
• E5 Protein
• CRC Cultures

Ewa Krawczyk, PhD

Xuefeng Liu, MD

Professor

• Co-Director of Center for Cell Reprogramming
• Director of Telomeres & Cell Immortalization
• Scientific Director of Conditional Reprogramming Laboratory (CRL)
• Papillomarvirus Oncoproteins

Xuefeng Liu, MD

Frank Suprynowicz, PhD

Assistant Professor

• Signaling Pathways
• CRC Biology
• CRC Technique

Frank Suprynowicz, PhD

Hang Yuan, PhD

Associate Professor

Director of HPV Biology Program
Canine Papillomavirus
Vaccine Development

Hang Yuan, PhD

Abdul Mondal, PhD

Research Instructor

• Working with Dr. Xuefeng Liu
• Profile roles and modifications of p53 and CRCs
• Discovery of endogenous regulation of cellular senescence by natural p53 isoforms, D133p53 and p53β

Abdul Mondal, PhD

Priscilla A. Furth, MD

Professor and Associate Dean

• Professor of Oncology & Medicine
• Associate Dean for Faculty Development
• Primary epithelial cell development

Priscilla A. Furth, MD

Jeffrey K. Huang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology
Oligodendrocyte regeneration
Molecular signals in injury microenvironments

Jeffrey K. Huang, PhD

Christopher Albanese, PhD

Associate Professor

• Department of Oncology
• Growth Regulation of Cancer
• Development of High-Energy Imaging Technologies

Christopher Albanese, PhD

Kevin T. FitzGerald, PhD

Associate Professor

• Department of Oncology
• Abnormal Gene Expression in Cancer
• Biomedical Research and Medical Genomics

Kevin T. FitzGerald, PhD

Anton Wellstein, MD

Assistant Professor

• Oncology & Pharmacology
• Growth factor pleiotrophin and its signaling through the ALK kinase receptor
• Discovery of mechanisms of cancer metastasis and genes

Anton Wellstein, MD

Michael Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor

• Department of Oncology
• Proteases, invasion and metastasis and the progression of breast cancer.
• The pharmacogenetics of drugs used in cancer therapy

Michael Johnson, PhD

Elena Silva, PhD

Professor

• Department of Biology
• Professor and Vice Dean
• Nervous System Development

Elena Silva, PhD

Steve Singer, PhD

Professor

• Department of Biology
• Pathogenesis in Giardia and Giardia-host-microbiota interactions
• Innate immunity in Giardia infection, vaccine development, Giardia co-infections

Steve Singer, PhD

Center Members

Sujata Choudhury

Research Associate II

• Working with Dr. Seema Agarwal
• Feeder free CRC system
• Role of p53 in normal/tumor CRCs and Rock1/Rock2 in cell reprogramming

Jie Lu

Research Assistant II

• Working with Dr. Ewa Krawczyk
• Processing tissues and using conditional reprogramming method to establish new cell lines

Zeeba Manavi

Research Technician II

• Working with Dr. Seema Agarwal
• Studying the role of EGFRvIII mutation in Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) cell lines in respect with known therapeutic drugs

Dan Zhou, MS

Research Assistant III

• Working with Dr. Hang Yuan
• Managing papillomavirus vaccine development and production
• 3D Air-liquid Interface culture to analyze HPV-related cancers in vitro

Jerry Xiao

Graduate Student

• Working with Dr. Seema Agarwal
• Exploring Circulating Tumor Cells and their role in tumor metastasis

Administrative

Haewon Park, MPH, CRA

Director of Business Operations

• Financial and Administrative Leadership
• Business outreach initiatives, commercial and research projects
• Marketing for CRC technology

Vera Simic, BS

Program Coordinator

• Lab Management
• Laboratory finances
• Maintaining and conditionally repgoramming tissue culture cells

Rachel Choi, CPA

Office Manager

• Office operations for Dr. Richard Schlegel
• Center for Cell Reprogramming website development