Yanling Ma, Ph.D.
Dr. Ma received her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology in 2012 from the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica in Shanghai, China. She then worked as a biologist-scientist in the China Research and Development Center of Eli Lilly, focusing on development of novel anti-diabetic medications and their mechanism of action. She joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in August 2014 and her project is centered on understanding the mechanism of action of novel genes that are associated with NAFLD.
Maren Podszun, Ph.D.
Dr. Podszun received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences in 2015 from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, where she worked on the impact of vitamin E on xenobiotic metabolism and hepatic lipid accumulation in animal models. She joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in January 2016 and is working on understanding the mechanism of action of vitamin E as a therapeutic agent in human fatty liver disease. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys reading and taking dance lessons, and is a passionate beekeeper who loves to observe seasonal changes both in the hive and nature.
Dennis Lin, B.S.P.H.
Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow
Mr. Lin received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a Nutrition Concentration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in 2018. He joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in June 2018 and his projects are focused on studying the mechanism of action of novel genes associated with NAFLD
Mark Shapses, BS
Medical Research Scholar
Mr. Shapses received his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2016, and began medical school at Thomas Jefferson University the same year. Through the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, he joined the Liver and Energy Metabolism Section in July 2019. He is studying the pathophysiology of NAFLD and mechanisms of therapeutic interventions using clinical trials.
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
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
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
Katherine Valles, B.Sc.
Post-Baccalaureate IRTA, 2014-2016
Next position: Medical Student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
Philip Brown, B.Sc.
Post-baccalaureate IRTA, 2016-2018
Next position: M.D., Ph.D. Student, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.