Torok Lab Alumni

Suvarthi Das, MSc, PhD

Previous Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Suvarthi Das received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Botany from University of Calcutta, India and Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences (focus on hepato-toxicology) in 2016 from the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation was titled “Molecular cues of Pattern recognition receptor pathways in redox toxicity driven environmental NASH”. After completing her doctoral studies in Dr. Saurabh Chatterjee’s lab there, she did a brief postdoc with Dr. GyongyiSzabo in UMass Med School on projects involving exosomes and other extracellular vesicles in progression of liver diseases. She joined Dr. Torok as a postdoc in UCDavisin April 2017 and followed her to Stanford, while working on projects and contributing to her grants involving ageing, oxidative stress and hepatocyte signaling in NASH and alcoholic hepatitis. Dr. Das is ready to finish her postdoctoral training and apply her skills in the Biopharma industry in the near future. 

Parul Gupta, PhD

Previous Postdoctoral Scholar

Parul Gupta has done her bachelors in Biomedical Science from University of Delhi, India and masters and Ph.D in Biotechnology from South Asian University, India. She is currently exploring the effect of alcohol induced oxidative stress and inflammation on different signaling proteins. In the spare time, she explores the city and its diverse palette of food.

Ali Dehnad, MD

Previous Research Manager

Dr. Ali Dehnad received his MD degree in Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services and practiced physician in National Research Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Iran. He received his postdoctoral training in University of California Davis. His research interest includes translational research and new drug development of alcoholic and nonalcoholic hepatitis. Outside lab he enjoys reading, soccer, and bakery.

Nia Adeniji, MD

Previous Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator 

Nia Adeniji is a graduating Stanford Medical student who is interested in understanding how disease processes such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) alters the liver microenvironment in favor of malignant transformation. She is currently serving as Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator, a role that allows her to provide NASH clinical samples to the Torok lab for investigation, and is also helping to facilitate a Phase 1 investigator-initiated clinical trial that aims to reduce liver fibrosis in NASH patients. 

Yanan Wang, PhD

Previous Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Yanan Wang received her PhD degree in Immunology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Her previous research during her PhD mainly focused on the study of the role of reduced production of laminin by hepatic stellate cells in regulating hepatic stem cell response to liver injury in aged mice, the role of the E3 ligase RNF216 in regulating the proliferation and migration of colorectal cancer via autophagy, and the methyltransferase Ezh2 regulation of DNA damage mediated apoptosis in human T cells. Her current research interests include metabolic and immunological regulation in liver fibrosis. When outside of the lab she enjoys watching movies and hiking.

Sutapa Sarkar, M.Sc, PhD

Previous Postdoctoral Scholar

Sutapa Sarkar received her master's degree in biochemistry and bachelor's degree in chemistry from India. She joined University of South Carolina to obtain her PhD degree in Immunology and Environmental Toxicology, where she studied the role of environmental toxins in causing intestinal diseased pathology under the conditions of Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She joined the Stanford School of Medicine as a postdoc and is mainly interested in studying the molecular mechanisms involved in the liver disease pathology. Apart from her work, she loves music and dance, and in her leisure she likes to explore the city.

Gergely (Greg) Mozes, BS

Previous Life Sciences Research Specialist

Gergely Mozes completed his B.S. in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019, and shortly joined Dr. Torok’s lab as a research specialist. He is currently investigating the epigenetic elements that regulate the microenvironment of liver tumorigenesis. When not in the lab he enjoys watching and playing basketball.