Mohsin Khan, PhD

Dr Khan is an Assistant Professor at Center for Metabolic Disease Research, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University. He did his PhD from Center for Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB) University of the Punjab, Pakistan. His research work determined a critical role for aging on stem cell function and ability to repair the heart after myocardial injury. 

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.

Vagner O.C. 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. 

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Veronica Bohl

Veronica graduated from Providence College in 2020 where she obtained a dual degree in Biology and Psychology with a Neuroscience Certificate. At Providence College, Veronica was the president of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society. She spent her undergraduate years using iPSCs to research the effect of the microbiome on inflammation in a variety of cell types, including neurons, astrocytes, macrophages, kidney organoids, and cardiomyocytes. Veronica’s long-term goal is to pursue a career in medicine.  

Clare Zarka


Clare is an honors undergraduate student at Temple University. She is majoring in biochemistry while working in Temple Hospital’s emergency department. Clare joined the lab in January 2019 through the university’s Undergraduate Research Program and has since been involved in various projects. She hopes to one day become a physician.

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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.  

Robert is a medical student at the LKSOM at Temple University. He obtained his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013, following which he worked in the pharmaceutical industry. He then obtained an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2019, where he studied hierarchical collagen changes in the intervertebral disc. He joined the lab in Nov 2019, and his main scientific interest is to understand developmental genetic program regulation and harness that knowledge for regenerative therapies. His long-term goal is to become a surgeon who can combine medicine, science and engineering for the advancement of treatment for his patients.