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  • Vincent Michael Alford

    Vincent Michael Alford

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My interest in science and research was fostered at a young age after losing a family member to colorectal cancer. At that young age, it was made apparent to me that cancer remains poorly understood which is reflected in the total lack of target-specific treatment regiments available to this patient population. This disparity in patient care is what inspired me to pursue a Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at Stony Brook University (SBU). During my time at SBU, my dissertation research focused on the development of a standard approach for rational drug design against the functional activity of individual matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Results from this work led to the successful development of the first small molecule inhibitor specifically targeting the hemopexin domain of MMP-9. Additionally, I was also given the opportunity to assist in the development of a cell based High-Throughput Screen assay for the identification of small molecules with activity against cancer cell invasion.

    After obtaining my Ph.D, I pursued a postdoctoral scholar position at Stanford University within the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Currently, my projects have slowly become broader and more focused around protein chemistry. More specifically, my research interest lies in identifying protein targets or cell populations responsible for chronic illnesses such as Triple Negative Breast Cancer and Alzheimer?s disease. After identifying the target, my passion lies in understanding the biological function of said target in various biological signaling cascades and cell niche population maintenance. Another area I specialize in is assigning function to the various domains of individual proteins and prioritizing drug development against the most promising targets. Upon identification of the target and validation of the domains responsible for protein activity- it becomes my mission to develop specific inhibitors against them. To this end, I use techniques such as protein mutagenesis, expression, and purification systems in addition to x-ray crystallography and chemical-protein structure activity relationships to understand, rationally design, and optimize these small molecule inhibitors for potential use in clinical trials.

  • Jane Antony

    Jane Antony

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Although varying degrees of progress has been made to treat the heterogenous subtypes of breast cancers, metastasis and recurrence remains a major cause of breast cancer-related deaths. My research focuses on drivers of tumor growth and testing new targets for these breast cancers to prevent metastasis and recurrence; specifically, profiling and validating genes enriched in the self-renewing tumorigenic compartment.

  • Joydeep Bhadury

    Joydeep Bhadury

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My long-term goal is to generate whole human organs in large research animals, which will be universally immune compatible and ready for human transplantation.

  • Thiago De Almeida Pereira

    Thiago De Almeida Pereira

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research focus on fibrosis pathogenesis, identifying key pathways for therapeutic intervention and biomarker discovery. I'm currently investigating the Hedgehog pathway in liver and lung fibrotic diseases, such as schistosomiasis mansoni, alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, viral hepatitis B and C, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. I'm also investigating the role of tumor associated macrophages and cancer associated fibroblasts in liver and head and neck cancers.

  • Sabra Djomehri

    Sabra Djomehri

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My passion is translating bioinformatics integrative workflows and engineering platforms from multi-omics data to better discovery of new therapies. Experienced in statistical analyses and mathematical modeling early in my career and currently working on single-cell sequencing analyses (scRNA-seq), genomics (WES), and epigenomics (targeted chromatin ligation), data integration methods, and algorithm development.

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