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Yapeng Gu

Yapeng Gu
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yapeng.gu@hci.utah.edu

Yapeng grew up in the central part of China. He was recruited to the Molecular Biology Graduate Program within the University of Utah and graduated with a Ph.D. in experimental pathology. Yapeng identified the signaling pathway that controls extrusion—the S1P/S1P2/Rho pathway. He has also identified that this pathway is mutated in many aggressive tumors and has identified a therapy for targeting such tumors. Yapeng loves playing tennis, swimming, and running in his spare time.

george eisenhoffer

George Eisenhoffer
Postdoctoral Fellow
George.eisenhoffer@hci.utah.edu

George got his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and then received his PhD from the University of Utah with Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado studying cellular turnover during homeostasis and regeneration in the freshwater planarian.  He is now focused on understanding how the mechanisms that regulate cell proliferation and death are coordinated to maintain appropriate cell numbers in epithelial tissues. When not in the lab, George can be found running or biking on the trails behind the University.

Funded by an American Cancer Society post-doctoral Fellowship.

gloria slattum

Gloria Slattum
Graduate Student in Oncological Sciences
Gloria.Slattum@hci.utah.edu

Gloria studies what controls the direction a cell extrudes both in cell culture and in zebrafish epidermis. Gloria received her M.S degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Dr. Miroslav Malkovsky. She enjoys many outdoor activities including rock climbing and road biking and as a good Colombian also loves to dance salsa and tango.

Alexandra Locke

Alexandra Locke
Graduate Student in the Oncological Sciences
Alexandra.locke@hci.utah.edu

Alex studies the role of bronchoconstriction in causing epithelial denuding by overcrowding and potentially excessive extrusion, with an aim to find better drugs for asthmatics. She obtained her BA from the University of Utah and previously worked in Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado’s and

tara mienek

Tara Mleynek
Graduate Student in the Oncological Sciences (joint with Dean Li's Lab)
Tara.mleynek@hci.utah.edu

Tara's project is to determine if the extrusion mechanism is shared with other barrier cell types, such as the endothelium. In her spare time she enjoys crossfit, boxing, and painting.

Jael Lindblom

Jael Lindblom
Lab Manager
Jael.lindblom@hci.utah.edu

Jael received her MD from the University of Berne in Switzerland. She studies the mitotic effects of mechanical stretch on epithelial cells. As lab manager she makes sure we never run out of supplies. Trying to keep the lab clean and organized shows her true Swiss nature. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, sewing, classical music and all sorts of crafts.

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson
Undergraduate Student
Richard.dawson@hci.utah.edu

Richard manages the zebrafish and has designed a computer program to track fish stocks, and the facility.  He also is a superb cellist.