Mete Civelek, Principal Investigator

  • PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University

Mete joined the University of Virginia after a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular genetics in the laboratory of Jake Lusis at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studied the genetic regulation of gene expression in vascular cells and adipose tissue in human and mouse populations. He identified novel candidate genes that can play causal roles in the development of atherosclerosis, obesity and insulin resistance. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and is also a resident faculty at the Center for Public Health Genomics. He is a member of the Robert M Berne Cardiovascular Research Center and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.

Rédouane Aherrahrou, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD, Animal Biotechnology, Moulay Ismail University and University of Lübeck
  • MS, Engineering and Biotechnology of Microorganisms, Moulay Ismail University and University of Lübeck
  • BS, Molecular life science, Moulay Ismail University

Rédouane Aherrahrou completed his PhD in the research group of Prof. Jeanette Erdmann at the University of Lübeck. He joined the Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. He is interested in understanding how genetic factors regulate the development of coronary artery disease. His special focus is on genetic factors regulating smooth muscle cell function. Redouane is an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow.

Warren Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD, Neuroscience, Thomas Jefferson University
  • MS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, Psychology, Temple University

Warren has worked in neurophysiology and cardiac electrophysiology with a focus on understanding how ion channels regulate synaptic integration and arrhythmogenesis. During his PhD studies, he implemented computational studies that revealed novel insights into the mechanisms of neuroinflammation and the autonomic nervous systems’ integrated contributions to the development of hypertension. He is currently working with Mete Civelek and Michael Guertin to elucidate the genetic influences on pathway dynamics in vascular smooth muscle cells. Warren was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cardiovascular Training Grant between 2017 and 2018. He is currently an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow.

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Qianyi Yang, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD, Biochemistry, Purdue University
  • BS, Biotechnology, Northwest A&F University

Qianyi Yang is trained as a biochemist and molecular biologist. She completed her PhD with Dr. Jim Forney, studying the function of SUMOylation in Tetrahymena using biochemical and proteomics approaches. Following that she joined the lab of Humaira Gowher at Purdue University where she studied the role of transcription factor Vezf1 during angiogenesis. She then moved to St. Louis and joined Zhou-Feng Chen lab at Washington University in St. Louis. There she focused on understanding the mechanism of circadian-regulated mouse itch behavior. She joined Civelek lab in November 2018 as a postdoctoral research associate.  She is interested in investigating the role of transcription factor KLF14 in adipocyte function.

Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed, PhD Student

  • BS, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Jordan received a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and did undergraduate research in bacteriology, studying antibiotic resistance at the University of Rochester. Her current focus is understanding the flow of genetic information in adipose tissue gene expression networks using causal inference modeling. Jordan is a Predoctoral Fellow in the Cardiovascular Training Grant.

Jameson Hinkle, Lab Manager

  • MS, Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BS, Biology, Roanoke College

Jameson received a BS in Biology from Roanoke College. He then worked at US Geological Survey and completed an MS in environmental studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Now, he is the lab manager of the Civelek Lab. His research focuses on understanding how the transcription factor KLF14 and RNA binding protein CPEB4 regulate obesity and metabolism using cell culture and mouse models.

Joon Yuh Sohl, Bioinformatician

  • BS, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Virginia

Joon received BS degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia. He was an undergraduate research assistant in the Civelek Lab working on a project that sought to understand the preservation of gene co-expression networks in humans and mice. In his current position, he is helping multiple projects by designing bioinformatics pipelines.

Ngozi Akingbesote

Ngozi Akingbesote, Biology Fourth Year Undergraduate

2017-2010 Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research (USOAR) Program

2018 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

2019 Caltech Wave Fellow

2019-2020 Department of Biology Distinguished Majors Program

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Sarah Innis, Biomedical Engineering Third Year Undergraduate

2019 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award (declined)

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Rita Anane-Wae, Biomedical Engineering Third Year Undergraduate

2019 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

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Dillon Lue, Biomedical Engineering Second Year Undergraduate

Visiting Students and Scholars

AlfredoLeBron

Alfredo LeBron

NIH Summer Research Internship Program Participant

Department of Natural Sciences

University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla, PR

May – August 2018

May – August 2019

CarolynGraham

Carolyn Graham

NIH Summer Diabetes Research Internship Program Participant

Department of Biomedical Engineering

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

May – August 2018

NickGarza

Nicholas Garza

NSF REU Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering Program Participant

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

May – August 2018

AnthonyBoivin

Anthony Boivin

Department of Physiology and Integrative Biology

Université Pierre et Marie Curie- Sorbonne Universités

April – August 2018

SonavineChang

Sonavine Nget Chan

Department of Physiology and Integrative Biology

Université Pierre et Marie Curie- Sorbonne Universités

April – July 2018

Florent Bouchon

Florent Bouchon

M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes, France

September 2017 – January 2018

Rebecca Habisch

Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Biberach an der Riss, Germany

March – November 2017

Simon Perrin

Department of Physiology and Integrative Biology

Université Pierre et Marie Curie- Sorbonne Universités

March – June 2017

Shayna Holness

NSF REU Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering Program Participant

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics

Rider University,  Lawrenceville, NJ

May – August 2017

Cameron Raglin

NIH Summer Research Internship Program Participant

Departments of Chemistry and History

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

May – August 2017

Lab Alumni

Lisa Chen, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant and Capstone Design Project, 2015-2019

2018 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

Jewel White

Jewel White, Biology Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-2019

Aaron Aguhob, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant and Capstone Design Project, 2015-2018

Ryan Cheng, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2017

Nicholas Asby, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2017