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Hsueh, Ming-Feng
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Cell Biology & Physiology

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Arthritis, Cell Biology, Gene Therapy, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, RNA Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Translational Medicine

Dr. Hsueh’s research is at the forefront of translational musculoskeletal and aging biology, utilizing cutting-edge multi-omic technologies to pioneer new therapeutic strategies for regenerating damaged joint tissue, with a particular focus on osteoarthritis (OA). Our lab employs advanced in vitro cell culture and cartilage explant models to delve into the mechanisms driving OA pathogenesis and to evaluate the potential of novel drug therapies. A key area of our research investigates the role of noncoding RNAs in human musculoskeletal tissues. We aim to uncover the intricate signaling pathways and downstream gene networks influenced by these noncoding RNAs. Our ultimate goal is to harness this knowledge to enhance the body’s natural repair mechanisms, providing innovative solutions to combat the progression of OA and restore joint function

Trumbo, Aftyn

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Immunology, Neurobiology, Translational Medicine

“I’m interested in a variety of research topics pertaining to neurodegeneration. In particular I desire to expand our understanding of environmental factors that influence the onset of age related dementias. I’m fascinated by asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease, particularly what neuroprotective factors maintain cognitive function in these individuals with full plaque and tau pathology. Furthermore, I’m intrigued by lipids, fungi, and mental illness and their roles in neurodegeneration.”

Sasser, Aubrey

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Computational Biology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in translational toxicology research, specifically, how environmental exposures can impact human health, genetics, fetal development, and disease progression. In addition, I hope to utilize epigenetic and bioinformatic approaches to better understand chemical exposures and aid in public health research.”

San Andres Montalvan, Emily

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Cancer Biology, Immunology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in the interaction between the tumor microenvironment and the immune cells, looking into strategies to avoid or overcome immunosuppression. I am also interested in researching ways to make available immunotherapies more effective depending on the tumor microenvironment ( as it varies depending on the type of cancer.) I would like to work in a translational lab where I have access to patient samples and clinical trials (bench to bedside, and from the bed back to the bench).”

Pires, Sabrina

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Gene Therapy, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Translational Medicine

“Within neuroscience, I am most interested in gene therapy and translational research questions as opposed to basic science questions. I prefer to have access to a clinical population (not necessarily conduct research on this population) whether that be through clinic visits or actual clinical models. I am fine working with animals and am interested in how animal models can be translated to clinical models. I am open to outside of neuroscience such as blood diseases.”

Pacini, Sara

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Chemical Biology, Pharmacology, Translational Medicine

“Being a Biochemistry major, I have had various opportunities to explore different research techniques and areas where I have found great interest. Through industry internships, I found a fascination with high throughput screening, mass spectrometry, protein degraders, and general drug discovery. I currently work in a lab focused on mass spectrometry and the gut microbiome which has been an increasing interest of mine as well.”

Nguyen, Jackie

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Immunology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in researching the mechanisms of how exposures to environmental pollutants may contribute to lung epithelial barrier damage and the development of other respiratory diseases. I would like to focus on man-made products and their role(s) in increased disease rates. I am also interested in the area where science meets policy.”

Murcar, Micaela

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Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Translational Medicine

“I am primarily interested in studying cellular and molecular neurobiology of disease. I enjoy researching molecular mechanisms of inherited neurodegenerative diseases and would be interested in investigating the contribution of neuroimmunology and inflammation in disease pathogenesis. I would like to expand my knowledge of disease recapitulation in new stem cell models such as multi-cell type organoid cultures. Finally, I am interested in learning and applying bioinformatics analyses towards uncovering abnormal genetic signatures in inherited diseases.”

Moore, Trinity

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Cell Signaling, Pathology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in researching the cellular mechanisms that underly certain diseases, mainly diseases that affect minority populations or are widely understudied. By understanding the cell signaling pathways of certain diseases, and the mechanisms of cell death I hope to find targeted therapeutics to treat these diseases or repurpose current FDA approved drugs to treat the disease.”

Miller, Claire

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Bacteriology, Pathogenesis & Infection, Translational Medicine

“I am broadly interested in microbiology and immunology. Specifically, I am interested in host-pathogen interactions and microbiome research in inflammatory disease.”