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Lila González Hódar, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Gonzalez Hodar received her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences in 2020 from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile. She started her career studying the role of lysosomal proteins in the gallstone formation. In her Ph.D. thesis, she worked on lipid metabolism in a murine model of lipodystrophy. She joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in September 2020 and is working on elucidating the mechanisms by which some genetic variants protect against NAFLD damage. 
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Allison Wing, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Wing received her PhD from Yale University in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 2021. As an undergraduate, she optimized an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier at the University of Delaware. For her dissertation, she studied the effects of dietary fats on adipocyte precursor proliferation and differentiation. She joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in 2021 where she is investigating the role of genetic diversity in the liver on peripheral insulin sensitivity.
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Wenqi Cui, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Dr. Cui received her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Kansas in 2017. Her PhD dissertation research was focused on the post-translational modifications of nuclear receptor PXR in drug metabolism and liver inflammation. In her first round of postdoctoral research, she studied signaling-dependent lipid droplets catabolism and turnover in NAFLD at University of Minnesota. She joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in February 2021. Her research interests are unveiling the mechanism of HSD17B13 genetic variants to protect against hepatic inflammation and fibrosis, and identifying therapeutics that target hepatic HSD17B13.
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Bowoo Lee, B.Sc.
Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow
Ms. Lee received her Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2021. For her undergraduate thesis research, she studied the role of Neuregulin 4 in brown adipose tissue signaling and developed a lentiviral construct that inducibly ablates Nrg4. She also spent a summer with the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section generating humanized HSD17B13 mice in 2019.
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Allie Carroll, B.A.
Medical Research Scholar
Ms. Carroll received her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College in 2018. She continued to Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine to work towards a medical doctorate. While at Feinberg, she studied the effects of erythropoietin on T regulatory cell populations in patients with autoimmune hepatitis. Additionally, she worked to understand patient perspectives on immunosuppressive withdrawal, specifically in patients with autoimmune hepatitis and liver transplant recipients. She joined the Liver & Energy Metabolism Section through the NIH Clinical Center MRSP program and works on clinical studies of patients with fatty liver.


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Michael Witthaus, M.D.
Post-baccalaureate IRTA, 2010-2011
Next position: Medical Student, Boston University, Boston, MA
Current position: Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery Fellow, Dept. of Urology, University of California San Diego
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Koji Fujita, M.D., Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2011-2014
Next position: Research Assistant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama, Japan
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Yokohama City University Hospital, Yokohama, Japan
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Gihan Naguib, M.B.Ch.B.
T-32 Clinical Fellow (University of MD), 2013-2016
Next position: Clinical Associate, Division of Pediatric Gastroentrology and Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
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Yanling Ma, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral/Research Fellow, 2014-2020
Next Position: Senior Research Investigator, Bristol Myers Squibb
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Katherine Valles, B.Sc.  
Post-Baccalaureate IRTA, 2014-2016
Next position: Medical Student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
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Maren Podszun, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2020
Next position: Lecturer, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
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Philip Brown, B.Sc.
Post-baccalaureate IRTA, 2016-2018
Next position: M.D., Ph.D. Student, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.
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Dennis Lin, B.S.P.H.
Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow, 2018-2020
Next position: Medical student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
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Mark Shapses, M.D.
Medical Research Scholar, 2019-2020
Next Position: Medical Student, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Current Position: Internal Medicine Resident, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
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Lakshmi Mahajan, B.Sc.
Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow, 2020-2021

Next Position: Medical Student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY

Group Photos

Group Photo by a Cherry Blossom Tree Cherry Blossom Picnic (2016)
A photograph of the team at an Escape Room
Escape room success (2017)
A photograph of people looking at a solar eclipse Solar eclipse (2017)
Screenshot of lab members on a Zoom call.Lab meeting, COVID-19 style (2021)