Members

Chandra Mohan
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor
cmohan@central.uh.edu

Yong Du
Research Assistant Professor
yud9@central.uh.edu

His work focuses on the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of lupus nephritis

Kamala Vanarsa
Researcher III
kvanarsa@central.uh.edu

Her research focuses on utilizing novel proteomic technologies including ITRAQ and NRM assays to quantitate biomarkers in human body fluids. Other research interests include detecting novel biomarkers in human body fluids using Somalogic’s SomaScan Assay.

Briony Strachan
Postdoctoral Fellow
bstrachan@uh.edu

Briony is the technical director of Houston Omics Collaborative. Her varied background includes forensics, microfluidics, and blood component processing. She now focuses on microarray screening platforms and confirmatory platforms/assays, e.g., Mesoscale, Luminex, and ELISA’s

Rajalakshmy Ayilam Ramachandran
Postdoctoral Fellow
ryilamr@central.uh.edu

Raja’s current research is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind
lupus nephritis, inflammatory bowel disease, neuroinflammation, and Sjögren’s syndrome.

Ting Zhang
Clinical Research Fellow
tzhang30@central.uh.edu

Ting’s, a rheumatologist in China, research focuses on the discovery of novel biomarkers for Lupus Nephritis and primary Sjogren Syndrome to improve the early diagnosis and subsequent evaluation.

Hao Li
Research Fellow
hli57@central.uh.edu

Hao is a visiting scholar from China, focusing on the stool protein biomarkers of colorectal cancer.

Thao Nguyen
Ph.D. Student
tinguyen18@uh.edu

Her research focuses IL1B signaling pathway and neutrophilic activity on the using transgenic zebrafish models. She also explores the potential to enhance immune cell viability and functionality by using advanced 3D artificial scaffolds derived from decellularized organs and natural polymers.

Christian Woods
Ph.D. Student
ctrutanwoods@uh.edu

His research focuses on the discovery of novel antigen probes and high throughput detection techniques. He also investigates the role of the endocannabinoid system in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Rongwei Lei
Ph.D. Student
rlei3@uh.edu

She currently has two projects, one is Lupus self-diagnosis: development of a lateral flow assay for active LN and the other is microrobots target cancer cell under electromagnets to fulfill drug delivery task.

Pietro Cicalese
Ph.D. Student
pcicalese@uh.edu

His research focuses on the application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques in the field of medicine. Currently, he’s working on a deep learning algorithm that aims to accurately diagnose SLE from IHC/IF data collected from various healthcare institutions.

Srinandhini Chandran
Ph.D. Student
@uh.edu

Her research focuses on testing of suitable 3D environments for the growth of immune cells.

Ferial Koutani
Master’s Student
fkoutani@uh.edu

Ferial is working on designing a rheumatic diseases biomarker panel for early diagnostic testing. She is also working on another early diagnostic method for chronic myeloid leukemia using ELISA and electro-chemiluminescent platforms.

Gabe Gidley
Postbaccalaureate Student
cggidley@uh.edu

His research focuses on creating Bayesian Networks, building predictive models, and understanding upregulated signaling pathways for Lupus Nephritis. He also works for Houston Omics Collaborative.

Ramya Susarla
Research Scientist
rsusarla@uh.edu

Ramya’s work mainly focuses on validating biomarkers associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in stool samples and disease groups within the lupus nephritis population. She also works for Houston Omics Collaborative.

Omar Abunofal
Undergraduate Researcher
oabunofal@uh.edu

Omar’s research focuses on immunohistochemistry for staining various antibodies on mice kidneys, as well as optimizing IHC protocol. With collaborators, Omar’s project focuses on imaging various immune cells using IR microscopy.

Malikah Al Alshaikh
Undergraduate Researcher
mhalalshaikh@uh.edu

Her research focuses on developing IBD diagnostic kits that are tailored to look for biomarkers in the stool. Also, she’s working on optimizing protein extraction from the stool.

Sahar Baig
Undergraduate Researcher


Her research focuses on ELISA-based approach to finding novel biomarkers that predict cardiovascular outcomes in lupus nephritis patients. She also creates mouse models of autoimmune diseases.

Nguyen Nguyen
Undergraduate Researcher
nknguyen14@uh.edu

I am a junior, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
My research focuses on studying urinary biomarker using near-infrared spectroscopy.

Malavika Nidhi
Undergraduate Researcher
mndihi@uh.edu

Malavika is a biomedical engineering student whose research focuses on the validation of biomarkers identified in microarray and elevated in IBD stool samples in order to make treatment more efficient for this disease. Her other focuses are testing buffers for stool extraction and ELISA validation for microarray urine samples.

Brittany Payan
Undergraduate Researcher
bapayan@uh.edu

Her current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms behind lupus nephritis. She also helps model autoimmune diseases in both mouse and zebrafish models.

Nathan Thai
Undergraduate Researcher


His research focuses on working with RNA-sequencing, microarrays, and bioinformatics. He performs RNA-seq and miRNA array protocols to find genes that are highly expressed in patients with the lupus disease.

Dennis Tran
Undergraduate Researcher
dtran45@uh.edu

His research focuses on testing stochastic electrotransport technology on the full and rapid immunostaining of lupus mice kidneys.

Mallika Tripathy
Undergraduate Researcher
mtripathy@uh.edu

Mallika’s research focuses on understanding the use of aptamers and their binding patterns on live and dead cells through flow cytometry.

Luyue Wang
Undergraduate Researcher
lwang59@uh.edu

Luyue’s research focuses on doing statistical tests and regression analysis.

Alumni

Staff

Yanping Chen
Lavanya Elangovan
Hasna Kanta
Desi Kreska
Li Li
Satyavani Nukula
Sneha Raichandran
Lloyd Walton

Postdoctoral Fellows

Cristina Arriens
SoogHee Chang
Benjamin Chong
Huihua Ding
Yuyang Fu
Jack Hutcheson
Geetha Jonnala
Zoran Kurepa
Jianwei Li
Lisa Li
Liunan Li
Xuebin Liu
Yang Liu
Kui Liu
Bindiya Marrakanth
So-You Min
Nikita Patel
Rahul Patel
Simanta Pathak
Ling Qing
Sushma Reddy
Smitha Rudaraju
Lili Shi
Sandeep Singh
Samar Soliman
Tianfu Wu
Shangkui Xie
Chun Xie
Jiankun Zhu

Undergraduate Students

Umair Akbar
Dania Albaba
Yaqeen Alsadah
Margaret Davis
Thao Doan
Dylan Eser-Jose
Sunny Gotewal
Deena Habazi
Anam Haque
Roberto Hasbun
Sriram Hemachandran
Rose Ann Huynh
Arwa Kathiria
Marwa Kharboutli
Elhaum Khobhay
Kate Krause
Divya Kurian
Rael Memnon
Chika Okala
Jackson Owens
Kent Page
Laura Paglicawan
Allison Popovich
Jahnvi Rajput
Laxmi Ramana
Aubrey Swilling
Melissa Yang

Visiting Research Scholars

Supriya Dubashi
Aurélie De Groof
Sirisha Gokaraju
Ling Lei
Bindiya Marakkath
Gargy Parhy
Sneha Ravikumar

Graduate Students

Sergio Calixto
Michelle Chen
Sindhu Gangula
Lavanya Elangovan
Jared Henderson
Tamika Henry
Eric Zhiyan Liang
Jessica Mayuex
Jacob Orme
Manali Patel
Kirthi Raman
Sanam Soomro
Samantha Stanley
Jeff Sun
Huzair Tirmizi
Andrew Wang
Amarayca Zambrano












High School Students/Interns

Rahul Agarwal
Anna Bashmakov
Leian Chen
Yixiao Chen
Eric Chen
Susan Davis
Nima Deljavan
Sai Harish Dharmavaram
Zainab Fatima
Simer Grewal
Meera Grewal
Rannon Hao
Kelvin Hsu
Grace Jiang
Jae Won Joh
Arun Kane
Ronit Kumar
Jennifer Li
Vatsala Mundra
Lokesh Naginini
Vineet Padisetty
Anish Patel
Sanika Phanse
Deena Sajitharan
Peter Sedrak
Kavita Selvamanickam
Ruchi Sharma
Soumya Somani
Kiran Thirukonda
Suneal Velmuri
Jason Zhou