Undergraduate Research Assistant
Staff, Postdocs & Fellows
Dana Baiu, PhD
Dana holds an M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Her graduate and postgraduate research focused on the role of antigen presentation in the modulation of immune responses in the context of vaccination, autoimmunity and transplantation. Currently, her research focuses on the study of gamma-delta T cells during hematopoietic cell recovery after bone marrow transplantation to improve therapies for pediatric solid malignancies, and on magnetic nanoparticle targeting to GD2-expressing tumors to improve diagnosis and imaging of pediatric neuroblastoma.
Ankita Shahi, PhD
Ankita joined our team in 2015 as an associate research specialist. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology from Bangalore University, India. She received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the Department of Pharmacology, Chosun University, South Korea. Her graduate research work focused on finding the role of Mismatch-Repair Protein MSH6 in double strand break repair through upregulation of non-homologous end-joining by association with Ku70. Her major work in our lab focuses on the anti-tumor response of phospholipid ether analogs and its combined effect with radiation on DNA damage repair. When not in the lab and doing science, Ankita enjoys painting and gardening.
Kyle Kloepping, PhD
Kyle holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biotechnology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Ph.D. in Free Radical and Radiation Biology from the University of Iowa. His graduate research primarily focused on the development of a mitochondria-targeted therapy for metastatic melanoma. Currently, his research focuses on the development of a novel phospholipid ether analog for combined targeted molecular radiotherapy and immunotherapy in pediatric solid tumors.
Mohamed Elsaid, MD
Mohamed obtained his MD, MBBS degree in 2005 from the University of Khartoum, Sudan. He finished his Pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of New Jersey in 2013. He then joined the department of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin as a Pediatric Hematology Oncology fellow in June of 2013. His research project focuses on integrating targeted therapies for childhood cancer, specifically neuroblastoma.
Alex is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Psychology, and he currently plans to pursue a career in medicine. Alex participates in research with in vivo experiments evaluating tumor growth rates and response to small molecule anticancer agents. His hobbies include running, outdoor activities, reading, and volunteering.
Sorabh is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Biochemistry with Certificates in Global Health and Leadership. Sorabh joined the lab in January 2013, and has focused on determining the cytotoxic effect of an alkylphosphocholine on various established neuroblastoma and sarcoma cell lines in vitro. Graduating in May 2016, he hopes to begin working in a research setting and plans to pursue a career in medicine in the future.