Lab Members

Our Staff

Our Fellows

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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Lakshmi Mahajan, B.Sc.
Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow

Ms. Mahajan received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 2020. She started her research career in high school studying nitrate pollution then explored the role of enhancers as well as COVID19-related transcription mechanisms while at Cornell. She joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in June 2020 and is now studying the function of novel mediators of NAFLD using cell and animal models.

Alumni

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Michael Witthaus, M.D.
Post-baccalaureate IRTA, 2010-2011
Next position: Medical Student, Boston University, Boston, MA
Current position: Surgical Resident, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
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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: Research Assistant, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, 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, B.S.
Medical Research Scholar, 2019-2020
Next Position: Medical Student, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Group Photos

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