Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine


College of Life Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy


Center City


On Campus


4 - 5 Years

Contact Information

Program Director

Name: Nancy Philp, PhD
Position: Co-Director, Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine PhD Program, Department of Neuroscience

900 Walnut Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Program Director

Name: Makarand Risbud, PhD
Position: Co-Director, Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine PhD Program, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

900 Walnut Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Program Coordinator

Name: Danielle Park
Department: Jefferson College of Life Sciences
Organization: Jefferson

1020 Locust Street
M-46 JAH
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

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Current Students

Ariele Baggett

Laboratory: Gyorgy Csordas, MD

Project: TBD

Usman Baqai (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Andrew Aplin, PhD

Project: TBD

Morgan Basta

Laboratory: Janice Walker, PhD

Project: TBD

Signe Caksa (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Andrew Aplin, PhD

Project: TBD

Alexandra Ciuciu

Laboratory: Ryan Tomlinson, PhD

Project: TBD

Stanley Conaway

Laboratory: Deepak Deshpande, PhD

Project: My studies are focused on elucidating the mechanism of action within the bitter taste receptor signaling pathway and its effects on airway smooth muscle tone. Our goal is to study the potential for bitter taste compounds as novel therapeutics for the treatment of obstructive airway disorders.  

Moriah Cunningham

Laboratory: Matt Schiewer, PhD

Project: TBD

JodiRae DeDreu

Laboratory: Sue Menko, PhD

Project: TBD

Ariana Entezari

Laboratory: Scott Waldman, MD, PhD

Project: TBD

Rifah Gheyas

Laboratory: Sue Menko, PhD

Project: I am studying the mechanisms and signaling pathways involved in the formation of the lens Organelle Free Zone, the region in the center of the lens where organelles and nuclei are removed in development.

John Han

Laboratory: Nancy Philp, PhD

Project: TBD

Kevan Ip (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Hushan Yang, PhD

Project: TBD

Colleen Isabelle (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Anjali Mishra, PhD

Project: TBD

Selin Isguven (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Noreen Hickok, PhD; Flemming Forsberg, PhD

Project: TBD

Ranakul Islam

Laboratory: Ling-Zhi Liu, PhD

Project: TBD

Shira Johnston

Laboratory: Makarand Risbud, PhD

Project: Elucidating the role of Hypoxia Inducible Factors (HIFs) in the intervertebral disc.

Hattanas Kumchai, DMD

Laboratory: Ryan Tomlinson, PhD

Project: NGF-TrkA Signaling in Dental Implant Osseointegration

Lauren Langbein

Laboratory: Haifeng Yang, PhD

Project: Studying the tumor suppressor functions of BAP1 and the type I interferon pathway in kidney cancer.

Phuong Le (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Sue Menko, PhD

Project: TBD

Elizabeth Magno (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Karen Bussard, PhD

Project: TBD

Connor Ott

Laboratory: Andrew Aplin, PhD

Project: TBD

Olivia Ottone (they/them)

Laboratory: Makarand Risbud, PhD

Project: My work uses mouse models to better understand the role of senescence in and transcriptional basis of intervertebral disc degeneration.

Brittany Ruiz

Laboratory: Hien Dang, PhD

Project: TBD

Kimheak Sao

Laboratory: Makarand Risbud, PhD

Project: TBD

Grace Tartaglia

Laboratory: Andrew South, PhD

Project: My thesis project is about repurposing FDA-approved compounds for fibrotic extracellular matrix inhibition in the disease Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. I utilize both primary patient fibroblasts and a hypomorphic mouse model to elucidate the mechanism of action of these compounds and their efficacy in mitigating fibrotic phenotypes.  

Maria Tsingas

Laboratory: Makarand Risbud, PhD

Project: Investigating the role of pyruvate & lactate metabolism in the intervertebral disc

Yifang Wang

Laboratory: Ling-Zhi Liu, PhD

Project: TBD

Yanki Yarman (MD/PhD)

Laboratory: Peisong, Ma, PhD

Project: TBD

Michael Young

Laboratory: Suresh Joseph, PhD

Project: TBD


Weelic Chong (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Hushan Yang, PhD
Now: Sidney Kimmel Medical College, SKMC 3

Neil Zhao (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Noreen Hickok, PhD
Now: Sidney Kimmel Medical College, SKMC 3


Carolyn Chen (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Renato Iozzo, MD, PhD
Now: Sidney Kimmel Medical College, SKMC 4

Jeffrey Rappaport (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Scott Waldman, MD, PhD
Now: Sidney Kimmel Medical College, SKMC 4

Megan Roche
Laboratory of Ubaldo Martinez-Outschoorn, MD
Now: Scientific Writer, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center


Alexus Kolb
Laboratory of Karen Bussard, PhD
Now: Associate Medical Writer, Caudex

Noor Shaik (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Ulhas Naik, PhD
Now: Residency, University of Pennsylvania


Deborah Gorth (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Makarand Risbud, PhD
Now: Residency, Temple University

Emanuel José Magalhães Novais (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Makarand Risbud, PhD


Sara Bisetto
Laboratory of Nancy Philp, PhD
Now: PostDoc, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge

Hyowon Choi (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Makarand Risbud, PhD
Now: Residency, Psychiatry at Jefferson

Stephen Hurst
Laboratory of Shey-Shing Sheu, PhD
Now: Post-Doc, Gyorgy Csordas, PhD Laboratory, MitoCare Service Center at Jefferson

Elham Javed
Laboratory of Boopathi Ettickan, PhD
Now: Post-Doc, Raymond Penn, PhD Laboratory, Jefferson

Michael Vido (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Andrew Aplin, PhD
Now: Residency, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)


Frederick (Eric) Arnold III                                   
Laboratory of Diane Merry, PhD
Now: Post-Doc, Duke University School of Medicine

Victoria Gennaro
Laboratory of Steve McMahon, PhD
Now: TBD

Elizabeth Silagi
Laboratory of Makarand Risbud, PhD
Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Aditi Swarup                                             
Laboratory of Nancy Philp, PhD
Now: Postdoctoral Ophthalmology Researcher, Stanford University


Velina Atanasova
Laboratory of Jouni Uitto, MD
Now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Medical University Vienna


Maria Gubbiotti (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Renato Iozzo, MD, PhD
Now: Residency, University of Pennsylvania

Caitlin Logan (MD/PhD)
Laboratory of Sue Menko, PhD
Now: Residency, Stanford

Zariel Johnson
Laboratory of Makarand Risbud, PhD
Now: Licensing Manager, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Christopher McNair
Laboratory of Karen Knudsen, PhD
Now: Assistant Professor, Director of Cancer Informatics, Associate Director for Data Science, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Anil Antony, PhD
Laboratory of Joannes Hoek, PhD
Now: Assistant Director, Corporate Alliances at American Association for Cancer Research

Annabel Torres, PhD
Laboratory of Renato Iozzo, MD, PhD
Now: Scientist, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Gregory Omerza, PhD
Laboratory of Edward Winter, PhD
Now:  The Jackson Laboratories