Meet our team!

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Elena Ezhkova, PhD

Lab Head       

elena.ezhkova@mssm.edu

Elena carried out her PhD studies on epigenetics and chromatin in Dr. Bill Tansey’s lab at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY, USA). For her postdoctoral studies, she moved to Dr. Elaine Fuchs’s lab at the Rockefeller University (NY, USA), where she learned the skin stem cell system. At Mount Sinai, Dr. Ezhkova's lab is part of the Black Family Stem Cell Institute and the Department of Developmental and Regenerative Biology. 

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Meng-Yen Li, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

dustyanyan@gmail.com

Meng-Yen received his PhD from the Institute of Biochemistry at National Taiwan University under the supervision by Dr. Guang-Chao Chen. During his PhD, he studied the function and molecular regulation of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase in lung cancer. Meng Yen joined the Ezhkova lab in February 2018. In the lab, he is interested in  skin cancer.

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Pooja Flora, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

pooja.flora@mssm.edu

Pooja received her PhD  at University at Albany in Dr. Rangan's lab. She joined the Ezhkova lab in September 2018 and is interested in uncovering how epigenetic regulators control hair follicle stem cell function in the adult skin. Outside of the lab, Pooja is an avid reader and enjoys fantasy fiction. She is also fascinated by true crime podcasts and documentaries.

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Radhika Rao, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

radhika.rao@mssm.edu

Radhika did her PhD at the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Biology (InStem), Bangalore, India. She joined the lab in September 2021. In the lab, she is interested in mechanisms controlling the development of the skin.

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Madison Weber

Graduate Student

madison.weber@icahn.mssm.edu

Madison earned her BA in biology and philosophical studies from Bard College at Simon's Rock. She joined the lab in December 2019 and is interested in skin cancer. Outside the lab, she enjoys dance, creative writing, and sewing

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Meagan Branch

Graduate Student

meagan.branch@icahn.mssm.edu 

Meagan received her BS in Biochemistry at Elon University in North Carolina, and after graduation she went on to participate in the NIH’s post-baccalaureate research education program (PREP) at the Medical University of South Carolina. She joined the lab in 2020 and is interested in wound healing. Outside of lab, Meagan enjoys trying new foods and restaurants as well as hanging out with friends. 

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Eden Teferi

Research Associate

eden.teferi@mssm.edu

Eden received her BA in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University. She joined the lab in 2021 and is interested in stem cell regulation. Outside the lab, Eden is interested in embroidery and trying new foods.

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Sergei Ezhkov

Laboratory Technician

sergei.ezhkov@mssm.edu

Sergei joined the lab in April 2016. He is helping with genotyping and lab upkeep. 

Alumni

Carmit Bar

PhD Candidate, 2015-2020

Current position:​ Scientific Associate, IMPRINT Publication Science

Idan Cohen

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2019

Current position: Assistant Professor, Ben-Gurion University, Israel 

 

Katherine Dauber

PhD Candidate, 2012-2017

Current position: Senior research coordinator, Northwell Health

 

Julian Valdes

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2017

Current Position: Assistant professor, UNAM Mx

 

Carolina Perdigoto

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2016

Current Position: Chief Editor, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology

Francis Santoriello

Laboratory Manager, 2014-2015

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University

Evan Bardot

Laboratory Manager, 2011-2014

Current Position: Associate Editor, Nature Communications

Jisheng Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013 

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, China