Anne-Karina Perl, PhD

Anne-Karina Perl, MS, PhD
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
During her postdoctoral training in Dr Whitsett’s lab, Dr. Perl pioneered the field of conditional mice in the lung and became a faculty member at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2002. Early work from Dr. Perl focused on epithelial lung progenitor cells and their role in development and repair. Over the last decade she has used several transgenic mouse models and pharmacological approached to assess the role of interstitial alveolar fibroblasts in alveolarization and alveolar regeneration. Her current focus is on the role of alveolar fibroblasts in lung development injury and repair using multiple transgenic mouse and injury models.

Shawn Ahlfeld, MD
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Ahlfeld received his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2005 and did his residency in pediatrics at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine. As a neonatal fellow and junior faculty, Dr. Ahlfeld has evaluated the role of matricellular proteins in saccular and early alveolar lung development. In 2015 he moved his laboratory to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and has been since working very closely with Dr. Perl to investigate lung fibroblasts in perinatal lung development. Dr Ahlfeld investigates the effects of neonatal lung injury on alveolar repair and development.

Jenna Green, BS
Research Assistant IV
Jenna received her BS in biology from Wright State University in 2007. Jenna has been working in the lab of Dr. Perl since spring 2009. Her primary responsibilities are lab management and maintenance of mouse colonies. Jenna is managing the lab, maintaining mouse colonies and performs all animal surgeries. She also has extensive training in molecular biology and performs all routine molecular assays, immunohistochemistry and takes all the beautiful confocal images of our publications.

Mehari Endale, DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Mehari Endale received his DVM from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and MVD and PhD from Kyungpook National University, South Korea.  Dr. Mehari has extensive training and research experience in immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, inflammation and allergy with skills in molecular and cellular or biological techniques. In 2015 he joined Dr. Perl and has been working on phenotyping alveolar mesenchymal cells and is working on a project investigating functional and phenotypical changes of lung fibroblast as well as lung immune responses during lung development and alveolar regeneration.

Sreeram Vallabhaneni, MS
Research Assistant III
Sreeram received his MS in biology from UT Health science, San Antonio in 2010. He has been working in the lab of Dr. Ahlfeld since spring 2016, and is working on a project related with perinatal lung injury and repair.

Zach Bess
Co-op Student
Zach will receive his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati in the spring of 2017, and plans on pursing a masters in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. His primary responsibilities are genotyping and immunohistochemistry


Every summer we have students visit our lab to work on a small project. All students work closely with one of our technicians to gain hands-on experience in the lab.