Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor
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.
Her research focuses on working with animal models and mouse colony management.
Anto Sam Crosslee
Post Doctoral Fellow
Crosslee’s research focuses on understanding the molecular pathways involved in autoimmunity and is working on creating an in-vitro model of glomerulus.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Yaxi joined the lab as a Post Doctoral Researcher. Her research focuses on the discovery of novel biomarkers and drug targets for autoimmune diseases and cancers to improve the early diagnosis and facilitate better therapeutics. She also works for the Houston Omics Collaborative as Associate Director.
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.
Her research focuses on engineering bioartificial spleens for immunological studies and therapeutic applications, and exploring the effect of Mushrooms and Mesenchymal Stem Cells on different disease models.
Her projects focus on engineering point of care tests based on lateral flow assay (LFA) or vertical flow assay (VFA) for rapid diagnostics of autoimmune diseases or cancer.
His research focuses on developing microfluidic devices for isolating specific immune cells for immunotherapy applications.
Julie Ngoc Trinh
Undergraduate Researcher (Rice University)
Gabby is a recipient of the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS). Their research centers around analyzing and comparing the viability of protein biomarkers in urine as a way to differentiate pediatric and adult lupus. Their project is in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and also includes tracking the presence of biomarkers in urine over the course of treatment.
Amber’s research focuses on conducting ELISA-based studies of Lupus Nephritis in human body fluids.
Phuongthy T Tran
Phuongthy was awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for Summer 2020. Her project was a literature review of the top ten themes of systemic lupus erythematosus with a focus on environmental and genetic factors. She is also helping to develop a lupus tracking app that can be used in future clinical research.
Amy’s research focuses on utilizing Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and medicinal mushroom extracts as reagents to assess cancer cell proliferation and breast cancer cell viability. Her project is in collaboration with Hope Biosciences, a stem cell therapeutics company located in Sugarland, Texas. She was awarded the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) in Spring 2022.
Kala’s research focuses on developing a high-throughput 3D glomerular platform that will help in identifying the key biomolecules and their relevant signaling pathways involved in the disease pathogenesis of multiple renal diseases. Kala was awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship for Summer 2021.
Hufsa Arain’s research focuses on creating and optimizing an point-of-care diagnostic test: an in-house vertical flow assay which will be used for the detection of IL-6.
Christina’s research focuses on the synthesis and biomedical applications of 2D nanomaterials, specifically layered double hydroxides. She works in collaboration with Dr. Varghese’s Physics Lab on exploring the efficiency of nanoparticles as an adjuvant for immunotherapy.
Maryann’s research focuses on using imaging mass cytometry to identify when and where various proteins are expressed in kidney tissues and using the results to qualitatively compare protein levels in both mild and severe cases of LN.
Janani Arunachalam, MBBS
Clinical Research Scholar
Her research focuses on the clinical aspects of how various point-of-care tests and novel proteomic technologies can be used in day-to-day medical practice for rapid early diagnosis and continued monitoring of autoimmune disorders like lupus nephritis and IBD. She is also investigating how the new biomarkers detected in body fluids can aid in developing targeted therapy for these autoimmune diseases.
Sai Sravya Gude, MBBS
Clinical Research Scholar
Her research mainly focuses on the detection of lupus nephritis, role of autoantibodies in rheumatologic diseases like Dermatomyositis. She aspires to be an oncologist one day and use her skills in research and clinical treatments.
Ayesha works in Dr. Mohan’s and Dr. Abidian’s laboratories to explore how various ECM proteins impact the growth of renal resident cells or neurons. This involves 3D-printing of ECM proteins, cell culture and functional studies. Alongside, she is characterizing a novel monoclonal antibody with therapeutic potential.
Aalekhya’s research focuses on exploring the molecular mechanisms that modulate the function of infiltrating macrophages and resident renal cells in lupus nephritis, using cutting-edge molecular and cellular techniques.
Nga was awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for Summer 2022. Nga’s research focuses on discovering novel biomarkers for lupus nephritis and optimizing a vertical flow assay for the detection of MMP-9 in dry eye disease.
The focus of Sonja’s research involves the assessment of published urinary biomarkers and the use of innovative proteomic technologies to identify additional urinary biomarkers that may have improved diagnostic accuracy for lupus nephritis. Future studies will also include designing multi-analyte point-of-care assays that can be used for in-home monitoring.
Ryan is a Spring 2023 PURS recipient. His research is focused on novel biomarker discovery and pathogenesis in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through proteomics and validation studies. His work aims to establish a non-invasive method that can be used to diagnose patients with IBD, differentiate between Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, as well as monitor disease progression.
Rajalakshmy Ayilam Ramachandran
Malikah Al Alshaikh
Rose Ann Huynh
Visiting Research Scholars
Aurélie De Groof
Eric Zhiyan Liang
High School Students/Interns
Sai Harish Dharmavaram
Jae Won Joh