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Mary Bedard received her BS from Elon University in 2012 and worked as a senior scientist in the Center of Skin Biology at GlaxoSmithKline. She joined the University of Cincinnati’s MD/PhD program in 2016 and is a Cancer and Cell Biology graduate student in Susanne Wells lab. Her main research is focused on pediatric recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP). The project aims to address the variability of clinical phenotypes and therapeutic responses by defining key components of RRP pathogenesis. Mary is implementing a pipeline of in vitro model systems – consisting of patient samples, derivative primary cells and 3D models – that bridge the gap from bench to bedside and will be used to screen for novel therapeutics.
Adrean Carlile joined the Wells Laboratory in November of 2019 as a Laboratory Aide. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, she began working as a Research Assistant. Her main focus is on the biology of pediatric recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP).
Tafadzwa Chihanga received her BS from Earlham College in 2011 and her PhD in Chemistry from Miami University. Her PhD work used NMR metabolomics to study Pancreatic Cancer and Acute Kidney Injury. She joined the Wells Lab as a Research Fellow in 2019. Her main research is focused on using laboratory generated models of the epidermis to study Fanconi Anemia and HPV16. Her main research focuses on generating epidermal models from human induced-pluripotent stem cells of Fanconi Anemia (FA) patients, who have an increased susceptibility to HPV infection, in order to study the interactions of the FA DNA repair pathway and HPV.
Colin Crank joined the Wells Laboratory in March of 2021 as a Laboratory Aide/Research Assistant. Colin is an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati studying Economics and Biological Sciences on the Pre-Medicine Track.
LilyAna Hursh joined the Wells lab in June of 2021 as a Research Assistant. LilyAna is currently an undergraduate student attending the University of Cincinnati. She is working to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a focus on the Biology of Animals. Her main research project is in assisting with the characterization of a DEK-overexpressing transgenic mouse model.
Taylor received her BS in Biology and MS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Wright State University. She joined the Wells laboratory in early 2019 to characterize a novel Dek-overexpressing transgenic mouse model.
Myka Radecki joined the Wells Laboratory in February of 2019 as a Laboratory Aide. Myka is an undergraduate student at Xavier University studying Biology. Following graduation in 2021, Myka will be continuing in the lab as a full-time Research Assistant where she will focus on the HPV16 life cycle in engineered 3D organotypic and sphere models.
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