LAB MEMBERS

Tatjana Piotrowski, PhD
Principal Investigator
Hometown
Herrenberg, Germany

Research Interests
Dr. Piotrowski says she always liked natural science. Although that could account for her interest in fish, like many embryologists, she is simply awed by watching an embryo develop. “One of the things I love about our work is the beauty of these embryos,” she says. “It is a privilege to sit at the  microscope and see a single cell turn into an embryo—it is an incredibly aesthetic experience.”
Daniel Diaz
Bioinformatition
Hometown
Long Beach, CA

Education
MS Bioinformatics and Applied Genomics Program. University of Oregon, Eugene.

Research Interests
Daniel's interest in developmental biology spawned from his experiences studying Nematostella regeneration and stem cell biology as an undergrad. After graduating, he decided to pursue the rapidly growing field of bioinformatics through the University of Oregon's bioinformatics master's program. Now he combines his love for developmental biology and technology to work towards characterizing regeneration in the zebrafish neuromast through single cell transcriptomics.
Julia Peloggia
Predoctoral Researcher
Hometown
São Paulo, Brazil

Education
BS Biological Sciences, University of São Paulo

Research Interests
During my undergraduate studies I focused on mitochondrial metabolism in stem cells and aging. After taking a developmental biology course, I became fascinated with tissue morphogenesis and regeneration, especially in understanding how cells communicate to regulate these processes.
Sungmin Baek, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Hometown
Seoul, South Korea

Education
PhD: Lymphatic System Development in Zebrafish. Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Australia(Laboratory of Ben Hogan).

Research Interests
Sungmin has had a long-term view of his research career in developmental biology and cell signaling. In particular, how cell-cell communication and cell fate specification are regulated and which factors orchestrate this phenomenon and translate into tissue morphogenesis. In the Piotrowski lab, his research will be focused on the identification and characterization of novel regulators which are involved in zebrafish lateral line development and regeneration.
Nicolas Denans, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Hometown
La Seyne sur mer, France

Education
PhD: Hox genes and chick axis elongation. Stowers Institute for Medical Research and University of Strasbourg (laboratory of Olivier Pourquie lab). Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University (Laboratory of Maria Barna).

Research Interests
I am fascinated with understanding how cells communicate with each other to form or regenerate an organ. I use high resolution time-lapse imaging to visualize the mechanisms of cell communications that varies a lot depending on the cellular landscape. Embryonic development is the most beautiful and complex process, but if we ask the embryo nicely and smartly enough (around 1% of the time) it will reveal the truth.
Mark Lush, PhD
Research Specialist
Hometown
Louisville, Kentucky

Education
PhD: Role of neurotrophins in development of the central nervous system. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. (Laboratory of Dr. Luis F. Parada).Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Laboratory of Dr. Jonathan A. Raper).

Research Interests
Mark has had a long-standing interest in developmental neurobiology. Mark says, "Zebrafish have proven to be an incredibly powerful model system allowing for the in vivo study of the development of the nervous system.  My research includes two main goals; the discovery of new genes required for sensory hair cell development and regeneration and the elucidation of the cellular signaling pathways used by Schwann cells to control lateral line stem cell proliferation."
Paloma I. Meneses Giles
Predoctoral Researcher
Hometown
Iguala, Mexico

Education
BS Genomic Sciences. National Autonomous University of Mexico

Research Interest
I’m truly intrigued by organ formation and regeneration, and the zebrafish lateral line represents agreat model to understand these processes. I’m interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying hair cellregeneration and neuromast formation in zebrafish, because unlike human inner ear hair cells, neuromasts regeneratefrom nearby stem cells contained in the primordium (a cluster of cells that migrate to form the lateral line).
Jeremy Sandler, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Education
PhD: Genome Activation and Regulation of Signaling in the Rapidly Dividing Drosophila Embryo. Caltech, California. (Laboratory of Angela Stathopolous).
Ya-Yin Tsai
Research Technician II
Hometown
Nantou, Taiwan

Education
MS
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, National Taiwan University

Education/Interests
I'm truly interested in neuroscience, especially in the molecular mechanisms underlying how does cell-cell communication during development. In the Piotrowski lab, my purpose is to understand which genes and networks play an important role in cell-cell communication involved in zebrafish lateral line development and regeneration.
Gabriel da Silva Pescador
Predoctoral Researcher
Hometown
Florianopolis, SC, Brazil

Education
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil
MS in Cell and Developmental Biology,
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Education/Interests
I am fascinated by developmental biology and understanding how a single cell becomes a full developed embryo. During my undergraduate and master studies I focused on how neural crest cells differentiate into skin pigmented cells and later I had the opportunity to work in how neural crest cells regulate migration. Nowadays, I’m interested in understanding how embryonic gene regulatory networks regulate cell differentiation, promote tissue specificity and the cellular interactions involved in this process.
Indigo Warren-Holman
Administrative Assistant
Hometown
Kansas City, MO

Education
BS Healthcare Management, Avila University

Education/Interests
I truly enjoy supporting Dr. Piotrowski's research lab. It is great to work with such a dedicated group of researchers. I have always wanted to support the research sciences, particularly research that can eventually serve to improve human health, and I am happy I can support the scientific community at Stowers in my administrative role.