People

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Paul Tesar

Associate Professor

Ph.D.
Oxford University

B.S. in Biology
Case Western Reserve University

Biomedical Research Bldg.
2109 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Tel: (216) 368-6225
paul.tesar@case.edu

Paul Tesar graduated with a B.S. in biology from Case Western Reserve University and went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford as a recipient of the prestigious NIH-Oxford Biomedical Research Scholarship. He then continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health... To read more, click my profile picture.

Staff

Mayur Madhavan

Research Scientist

Ph.D, Miami Universtiy

B.S. in Genetics, University of Georgia

Mayur graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Genetics before working as a junior research fellow at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. He then returned to the United States and received his PhD at Miami University studying various models of limb, lens and retina regeneration. He then trained as a post doctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kenny Campbell at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital focusing his research on forebrain development in mice.

Yuka Maeno-Hikichi

Research Scientist

Ph.D., University of Tokyo
M.S,, Osaka University
B.S., International Christian University in Tokyo

Yuka received B.S. from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan studied Biology and Chemistry. She received Master of Medical Sciences from Osaka University studied on IL-6 signal transduction. Then she moved to The University of Tokyo and
earned Ph.D. on the study of physical property of cadherin mediated cell-cell interaction using optical trap and optical tweezers. During postdoc trainings, equipped with broad range of skills and knowledge, she moved onto studying several different themes in

Elizabeth Shick

Research Assistant

B.S. Biology and Chemistry
Cleveland State University

Pluripotent Stem Cell Facility
BRB 739A
Phone: (216) 368-8830
exs336@case.edu

Elizabeth graduated from Cleveland State University with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. Upon graduation, she moved to Massachusetts and did a stint at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute where she discovered a passion for molecular biology. From there she went on to study the oncogenic potential of the duplicate sequences in the unique 3' (U3) region of the long terminal repeat (LTR) in a murine leukemogenic mink cell focus-inducing (MCF) virus at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Post Docs

Ben Clayton

Post Doctoral Scholar

Ph.D., University of Chicago,
B.S. in Biology, Univeristy of Utah

Ben is a postdoctoral scholar who graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Utah where he studied the role of toll-like receptors in a preterm sheep model of neonatal white matter injury under the direction of Dr. Kurt Albertine. He continued his studies in the lab of Dr. Brian Popko at the University of Chicago where he received his Ph.D. in Neurobiology studying the role of the integrated stress response in hypoxia induced neonatal white matter injury.

Graduate Students

Kevin Allan

Graduate Student

B.S. in Neuroscience
University of Rochester

Kevin Allan graduated from the University of Rochester in 2014 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. During undergrad he studied host-pathogen interactions of HIV in Dr. Baek Kim’s lab and the role of platelet activating factor in the inflammatory response in a mouse model of Multiple Sclerosis in Dr. Harris Gelbard’s lab. He is currently in Case Western's Medical Scientist Training Program pursuing an MD/PhD and his current interests include studying the process of oligodendrocyte precursor differentiation and the role of oligodendrocytes in psychiatric illness.

Matt Elitt

Graduate Student

B.A. Biology
Washington University in St. Louis

MD/PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Biomedical Research Bldg.
2109 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4955
Tel: (216) 368-3030
matthew.elitt@case.edu

Matt Elitt graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with a B.A. in Biology. He then spent two years in the laboratory of Kristen Kroll at the School of Medicine of Washington University elucidating mechanisms involved in brain development and stem cell differentiation. He is currently in Case Western's Medical Scientist Training Program pursuing both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. His primary research interest is developing novel therapies for neurological disorders and injuries.

Daniel Factor

Graduate Student

Genetics
Case Western Reserve University

B.A. in Biochemistry
Hiram College

Biomedical Research Bldg.
2109 Adelbert Road
Cleveland OH, 44106-4955
Tel: (216) 368-3030
daniel.factor@case.edu

Daniel Factor graduated with a B. A. in Biochemistry from Hiram College. His undergraduate research included purifying proteins responsible for mutable collagenous tissue in sea slugs, annotation work on several microbial genomes, screening for gluconeogenic activity in Agrobacterium, and phenotyping phospholipase mutants in Arabidopsis. His current work focuses on the epigenetic and transcriptomic profiling of cell fate transitions.

Robert Karl

Graduate Student

Case Western Reserve University

B.S. in Molecular Genetics
The Ohio State University

Biomedical Research Bldg.
2109 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4955
Tel: (216) 368-3030
robert.karl@case.edu

Bobby graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Molecular Genetics in 2010. While an undergraduate student, he studied the cytoplasmic domain of the Drosophilia melanogaster protein Neurotactin. Currently, he is interested in the directed differentiation of human pluripotent cells to oligodendrocytes and the direct reprogramming of oligodendrocytes from fibroblasts using non-integrating methods.

Kristen Navarro

PREP Scholar

B.S. in Biomedical Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

PREP Scholar
Case Western Reserve University

Kristen Navarro graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015 with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. As an undergraduate, Kristen studied the potential relationship between endothelin nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) gene polymorphisms with Sickle Cell Disease in African-Americans. Kristen is currently in the Case Western Reserve University Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). Her current research interests are focused around understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying oligodendrocyte specification and differentiation..

Zach Nevin

Graduate Student

B.S. Biological Sciences
Stanford University

MD/PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Biomedical Research Bldg.
2109 Adelbert Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4955
Tel: (216) 368-6225
zachary.nevin@case.edu

Zach Nevin graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and is currently pursuing his MD/PhD at CWRU School of Medicine. His primary medical interests are pediatrics, genetics, and neuromuscular disorders. His research interests broadly include stem cells and gene correction, and he is currently using iPS techniques to study CNS deficits in patients with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease.

Undergraduate and High School Students

Lilianne Barbar

Undergraduate Student

Case Western Reserve University

Lili is studying Biology at Case Western Reserve University and hopes to later pursue an MD/PhD degree. Her primary research interest is applying gene correction techniques to develop therapies for myelin disorders. She is also involved in clinical research at the UH Center for Human Genetics.

Carney Blake

High School Student

Orange High School

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Baraa Nawash

Undergraduate Student

Case Western Reserve University

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Baraa is a freshman at Case Western Reserve University. She hopes to major in Biology with a minor in Cognitive Science on the pre-medical track.

Alumni

Shreya Nayak

Undergraduate Research Scholar

Moved on to:
Ohio State University Medical School

2010-2011

Austin Haynesworth

High School Research Scholar

Beachwood High School

Moved on to:
Yale University

2010

Shannon Wu

High School Research Scholar

Orange High School

Moved on to:
Stanford University

2011

Sonia Godbole

Undergraduate Research Scholar

Duke University

2012

Tyler Miller

Graduate Student

B.S. Biological Sciences
The Ohio State University

MD/PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Joint project with the Jeremy Rich Lab

2012-2016

Tyler graduated from THE Ohio State University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science in 2010. While at Ohio State, Tyler spent 4 years at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center studying the role of microRNAs in Tamoxifen Resistant Breast Cancer. Tyler is currently pursuing his MD/PhD through Case Western's MSTP and is working towards his PhD with joint efforts in the labs of Drs. Jeremy Rich and Paul Tesar. His primary research interest are studying the roles of cell state and cell types in glioblastoma.

Irene Tsung

Master's Student

Case Western Reserve University

Moved on to:
Indiana University School of Medicine

2010-2012

Christian Castro

PREP Scholar

Case Western Reserve University

Moved on to:
University of Puerto Rico

2010-2011

Jonathon Wanta

Undergraduate Student

Moved on to:
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

2011-2015

Jonathon Wanta is a second-year Psychology and Spanish major from Burr Ridge, Illinois. In addition to working with the Tesar Lab, Jonathon also holds a position on the Executive Board of Zeta Psi Fraternity and a chair position on the University Program Board. He plans to graduate in January 2013 and will be attending Case School of Medicine the following fall.

Noah Geller

High School Research Scholar

Hawken High School

2012

Angela M Lager

Graduate Student

Moved on to:
University of Wisconsin

2010-2015

Angela Lager graduated with a B.A. in biology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2010 where she studied the genetic variation between and within local Southeastern Minnesota populations of timber rattlesnakes. Currently, she is interested in generating gene-corrected oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) from Shiverer (MBP-/-) mouse fibroblasts for the ... To read more, click my profile picture.

Hannah Olsen

High School Research Scholar

Moved on to:
Washington University

2012-2015

Fadi John Najm

Research Scientist

Moved on to:
Harvard University

2009-2015

Fadi graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 2008 and went on to earn his M.B.A from Case Western Reserve University in 2012. His passion for science materialized in college when he studied a mutant model of Huntington's disease, creating a link between his efforts and potential therapies.... To read more, click my profile picture.

Sue Roy

High School Research Scholar

Hathaway Brown High School

2012-2014

Leslie Cooperman

PSCF Manager

Moved on to:
A career in nursing at University Hospitals Lakeside 50. We'll miss you Leslie!

2009-2013

Leslie graduated from Reed College with a BA in Biology in 2005. While an undergraduate student, she studied the molecular mechanisms of enteropathogenic E. coli. She also spent several years studying Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS), a rare genetic sterol disorder, at OHSU in Portland, Oregon. In her free time Leslie enjoys rock climbing, horse back riding, and yoga.

William Qu

Undergraduate Student

Moved onto:
Emory University

2013-2016