• Meet the Zorn Lab

  • A photo of Aaron Zorn.
    A photo of Aaron Zorn.

    Aaron Zorn, PhD

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics,
    Division of Developmental Biology, Children’s Hospital Research Foundation
    Associate Director, Digestive Health Center (UC/Cincinnati Children's)

    Aaron Zorn

    A photo of Scott Rankin.
    A photo of Scott Rankin.

    Scott Rankin, MSc

    (scott.rankin@cchmc.org)
    2000: BA, zoology, Miami University, OH
    2002: MS, zoology, Miami University, OH
    2002-present: Senior Research Assistant, Lab Manager

    Scott Rankin

    A photo of Zheng Zhang.
    A photo of Zheng Zhang.

    Zheng Zhang

    MDB Graduate PhD Student
    zheng.zhang@cchmc.org
    2004-2008: BSc, Fudan University, China
    2008-present: Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program Student

    Zheng Zhang

    A photo of Sha Wang.
    A photo of Sha Wang.

    Sha Wang

    MDB Graduate PhD Student

    Sha Wang

    A photo of Mariana Louza.
    A photo of Mariana Louza.

    Maraina Louza, MS

    MDB Graduate PhD student
    mariana.louza@cchmc.org
    2005-2009: BS, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    2009-2010: MS, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    2010-present: Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program student

    Maraina Louza

    A photo of Lu Han.
    A photo of Lu Han.

    Lu Han BSc

    2006-2010: China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China
    2010-present: MDB graduate PhD student

    Lu Han

    A photo of Xenopu Laevis.
    A photo of Xenopu Laevis.

    Xenopus Laevis

    ~10 MYA–2002: Swamps of South Africa
    2002–present: Lab Aid, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

    Xenopus Laevis

    A photo of Sang Wook Cha.
    A photo of Sang Wook Cha.

    Sang-Wook Cha, PhD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
    Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    sang-wook.cha@cchmc.org

    Sang-Wook Cha

    A photo of Alan Kenny.
    A photo of Alan Kenny.

    Alan Kenny, MD, PhD

    1992: BSc, Allegheny College, PA
    1994-2000: PhD, University of Rochester
    1992-2002: MD, University of Rochester
    2002-2005: Pediatric Residency, Golisano Children's Hospital, University of Rochester
    2004-2008: Clinical Fellow, Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    2008-present: Procter Scholar, Research Instructor of Pediatrics, UC Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Alan Kenny

    A photo of Christina James-Zorn.
    A photo of Christina James-Zorn.

    Christina James-Zorn, PhD

    Research Associate
    christina.james_zorn@cchmc.org
    1985-1988: BSc, University of Queensland, Australia
    1989: BSc Honors1, Entomology, University of Queensland, Australia
    1992-1998: PhD, Zoology, Univ. of Queensland, Australia
    1996-1999: Postdoctoral RA, University of Birmingham, UK
    2000-2001: Postdoctoral RA, NHM, London UK.
    2011-present: Research Associate, Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Christina James-Zorn

    A photo of Virgilio Ponferrada.
    A photo of Virgilio Ponferrada.

    Virgilio G Ponferrada PhD

    Research Associate
    virgilio.ponferrada@cchmc.org
    1990-1994: BSc, Denison University, OH
    1994- 1999: PhD, Wright State University, OH
    2000-2010: Research Fellow, Division of Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    2011- present: Research Associate, Xenbase

    Virgilio G Ponferrada

    A photo of Kevin Burns.
    A photo of Kevin Burns.

    Kevin A Burns, PhD

    Research Associate
    kevin.burns@cchmc.org
    1997-2001: BSc, Miami University, Oxford
    2002-2007: PhD, UC Molecular and Developmental Biology
    2008-2011: Postdoctoral RA, Division Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    2011-present: Research Associate, Xenbase

    Kevin A Burns

    A photo of Joshua Fortriede.
    A photo of Joshua Fortriede.

    Joshua Fortriede, MSc

    Research Assistant
    joshua.fortriede@cchmc.org
    2006-2010: BSc Ball State University, Muncie, IN
    2010-2012: MSc Ball State University, Muncie, IN
    2012- present: Research Associate, Xenbase

    Joshua Fortriede

    A photo of Zak Agricola.
    A photo of Zak Agricola.

    Zak Agricola

    Research Assistant
    zachary.agricola@cchmc.org
    2009-2013: BSc, University of Dayton, Ohio
    2013-present: Research Assistant  

    Zak Agricola

    A photo of Marcin Wlizla.
    A photo of Marcin Wlizla.

    Marcin Wlizla, PhD

    Postdoctoral Research Assistant
    marcin.wlizla@cchmc.org
    1997-2001: BS, Cell and Molecular Biology/Psychology, Beloit College, WI
    2005-2011: PhD, Developmental Biology, University of Chicago, IL
    2012-present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation 

    Marcin Wlizla

  • Previous Members

    Andrew Allbee
    2006-2010: BA, Miami University, OH.
    2010-2013: Research Assistant.
    Current: MD program, University of Rochester, NY.

    Ricardo Costa, PhD
    1999: Biochemistry Degree, University of Coimbra, Portugal.
    1999 - 2000: Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal.
    2000 - 2006: University of Cambridge Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK.
    2006 - 2010: Healing Foundation Centre at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
    Current: CNIC, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares, Madrid, Spain.

    Alyssa Gallas
    2007-2011: BSc , Xavier University.
    2010-2011: Lab Assistant.
    2011-present: Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program student.

    Amrita Jagpal, BSc
    2008 - 2012: BSc, Ohio State University.

    Jay Kormish, PhD
    1998: BSc, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.
    1999-2004: PhD, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
    2005-2008: Postdoctoral associate, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia.
    2008-2009: Research fellow, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation.
    Current: Research associate, University of Calgary, Canada.

    Monica Lee, BSc
    2002: BSc, Denison University, OH.
    2004: Nursing school.

    Yan Li, PhD
    1995: BSc, biochemistry, Department of Biology, Shandong University.
    1995-1998: MS, cell biology, Department of Biochemistry, Shandong University.
    1998-2001: PhD, Institute of Developmental Biology, Shandong University, and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany.
    2003-2007: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation.
    2007-present: State Key Laboratory of Phytochemistry and Plant Resources, Kunming Institute of Botany, China.

    Valérie McLin, MD
    1996: MD, University of Geneva Switzerland.
    1998-2001: Resident, pediatrics, Geneva Children's Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.
    1996-1998: Resident, pediatric surgery and liver transplant, Geneva Children's Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland.
    2001-2005: Clinical fellow, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
    2005-2009: Assistant Professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Liver Center, Houston, TX.
    Current: Assistant Professor, University of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.

    Allison Prewitt, BS
    2006: AA, Chatfield College, OH.
    2008: BS, Wilmington College, OH.
    2008-2010: Research Assistant.

    Emily Shifley, PhD
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant
    1999-2003: BSc, Ohio University.
    2003-2009: PhD, Ohio State University.
    2009-2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

    Débora Sinner, PhD (debora.sinner@cchmc.org)
    1999: MS, biological sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
    2003: PhD, biological sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires.
    2003-2009: Research Fellow, Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation.
    Current: Research Instructor, Division of Pulmonary Biology, University of Cincinnati.

    Chris Wolfe
    2006-2009: BSc, Xavier University.
    2008-2009: Lab Assistant.

    Yuki Yamamoto
    2005-2006: Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

  • Zorn Lab group photo.

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