Meet Our Team!

Justin Kurian

Justin is a graduate student pursuing a Professional Science Master's Degree in Bioinformatics at Temple University. He has been a member of the lab since August 2017. Justin recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at Temple University in 2017. He has plans to further his educational career and become a research scientist.

Antonia Yuko

Antonia is a 2018 graduate of Temple University where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biology while competing as a member of Temple's division I women's lacrosse team. Antonia began as a 2017 summer intern through Temple University's College of Science and Technology Undergraduate Research Program, but since graduating, has transitioned to work full-time in the lab. Antonia's long-term goal is to become a dentist, and she is currently undergoing the application process in the hopes to begin dental school in the fall of 2019.

Kelsey Busch

Kelsey is a junior President’s Scholar at Temple University in the Honors college. She will be getting her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish while heading Temple HOSA- Future Health Professionals. Kelsey has been working in the lab and contributing to multiple projects since January 2018. After graduation, she plans to enter into medical school to become a physician.

Nicole Kasatkin

Nicole is an undergraduate student at Temple University in the Honors program, majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. Nicole started as a research student in May 2018 and has since been engaged in numerous projects. Her future goals include continuing onto a genetics graduate program with a focus on cardiovascular genetic research.

Fares AlHawaj

Fares is a senior undergraduate student at Temple University majoring in Biology. He is a pre-medical student and hopes to attend medical school next fall. Since Fares joined the lab in January 2018, he has become an effective member of the team. He looks forward to becoming a pediatrician.

Vagner Oliveira Carvalho Rigaud

Vagner graduated in Biology (Genetics), has a master's degree in Medical Sciences and Ph.D. in Cardiology at the School of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He joined the lab in June 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow after receiving postdoctoral training at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main scientific interest is to understand the involvement of non-coding RNAs (focus on microRNAs) in heart diseases and to translate the knowledge into novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools for cardiovascular diseases. His long-term goal is to pursue a career in science as a PI. 

Ji Hyun (Jackie) Lee

Ji Hyun (Jackie) Lee is an undergraduate student majoring in biochemistry and minoring in computer science. She joined the lab through the College of Science and Technology's Undergraduate Research Program in summer of 2019 and has been involved in several projects. She hopes to go into industry after graduation, specializing in drug discovery or consumer product development.  

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