Alumni

Sama Ahsan MD (Clinical and Research Fellow) joined the laboratory in 2013 and worked on epigenetics of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma with Dr. Eric Raabe. She is currently in a clinical position in The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Huamin Qin MD (Research Fellow) A visiting research fellow from China joined Dr. Charles Eberhart in 2015 and focussed on eye diseases and glioma research. He is currently a pathologist in the Second Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University.

Zhigang Li MD (Research Fellow) joined the laboratory of Dr. Charles Eberhart in 2015 focussing on ophthalmic pathology. He is currently an Associate Professor and Ophthalmologist in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University in China.

Hiroaki Miyahara MD (Research Fellow) A pediatric oncologist from Japan joined Dr. Eric Raabe in 2014 and focused on mTOR pathway inhibition in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. He is currently in a clinical position in Japan.

Manabu Natsumeda MD PhD (Research Fellow) A neurosurgeon from Japan joined Dr. Charles Eberhart in 2014 and studied the role of autophagy in glioma stem cells. He is currently a faculty and neurosurgeon in Japan and continues his research on gliomas.

Sonia Knowlton (Summer student) An undergraduate from Canada worked in the lab in the summer of 2016. She performed research on atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors under the supervision of Dr. Eric Raabe and Dr. Jeff Rubens. She is currently continuing her undergraduate studies in the McMaster University in Canada.

Lauren Rocco (Research Technician) joined Dr. Eric Raabe’s laboratory in 2015 and focused on studying medulloblastoma nd diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas. She graduated with a Master of Health Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2016.

Ulf Kahlert PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow) joined the laboratory of Dr. Charles Eberhart in 2013 and performed research on the role of ZEB1 in brain tumors, the effects of developmental signaling pathways on tumor metabolism and non-invasive imaging of brain tumor metabolic profiles. He is currently a faculty in Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Kosuke Maitani MD (Visiting student) A medical student from Japan worked on the role of autophagy in gliomas with Dr. Manabu Natsumeda and Dr. Charles Eberhart in 2015. He is currently pursuing research in The Ohio State University.

Katarina Koch (Visiting student) A graduate student from Germany worked on the Wnt signaling pathway and metabolic profiles in gliomas in 2015 with Dr. Ulf Kahlert and Dr. Charles Eberhart. She is currently completing her graduate studies in Germany.

Abigail Suwala (Visiting student) A medical student from Germany worked with Dr. Ulf Kahlert and Dr. Charles Eberhart on the beta-catenin pathway in brain tumors in 2014. She is currently completing her graduate studies in the Heinrich-Heine-University of Dusseldorf in Germany.

Isabella Taylor (Research Technician) worked with Dr. Eric Raabe on studying the role of Notch signaling in diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas from 2013-2015. She is currently a pursuing medical studies in Yakima.

Hongyan Zhang MD (Research Fellow) A visiting fellow from China joined Dr. Charles Eberhart in 2013 and worked on Notch signaling in gliomas. She is currently an Associate Professor and pathologist in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University in China.

Kalliopi Somis (Summer student) joined the lab in the summer of 2014 and focussed on retinoblastoma with Dr. Laura Asnaghi. She is currently completing her high school studies.

Jong Han (Summer student) worked in the lab in the summer of 2013 with Dr. Harpreet Kaur on the role of stem cell factors in GBM.

Erica Owusu (Summer student) joined the lab in 2014 and worked with Samantha Semenkow on Notch signaling in adult glioblastoma tumors. She is currently completing her undergraduate studies.

Sabeen Zulfiqar Ali (visiting student) worked with Dr. Harpreet Kaur from 2013-2014 on the role of stem cell factors in GBM, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma and models of low grade pediatric gliomas. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in Pharmacy from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

Arushi Tripathy (visiting student) joined the lab in 2013 and worked with Dr. Laura Asnaghi on the role of Notch signaling in uveal melanoma till 2015. She is currently a medical student in  Michigan.

Ping An MD (Research Fellow) joined the laboratory of Dr. Eric Raabe and worked on the role of ATRX in gliomas in 2013. She is currently an Associate Professor in China.

Dacheng Ding MD (Visting medical fellow) worked with Dr. Charles Eberhart on the role of arsenic trioxide on developmental signaling pathways in glioblastoma in 2012-2013. He is currently at Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in China.

Eli Bar PhD (Assistant Professor) Used yeast genetics to study GTP signaling during his graduate studies in Chicago. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Eberhart laboratory begining in 2004, and joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Pathology Department in 2009, wherein he continued to study the molecular pathology of brain tumors till 2012. He is currently a faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

Qian Chu (Research Fellow) received her MD from Tongji Medical College in 1999 and her PhD from the same institution in China in 2004. She is currently an Associate Professor and Attending Doctor in the Cancer Center at Tongji Hospital. She came to the laboratory in early 2011 and is spent one year as a visiting research fellow working on Notch and mTOR inhibition in glioma stem cells.

Brent Orr (Research Fellow) received MD and PhD degrees in the MSTP program at the University of Illinois. He then came to Johns Hopkins for Anatomical Pathology and Neuropathology clinical training. After completing his residency and fellowship, he joined the Eberhart laboratory in July 2011 as a research fellow working on YAP1 and other members of that pathway in malignant brain tumors. He is currently a faculty at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Kah Jing Lim (Graduate Student) studied at the National University of Singapore prior to coming to Johns Hopkins for her graduate studies. She is a member of the Pathobiology graduate program, and began her thesis work in the Eberhart lab in 2008. Her current studies focus on the role of natural remedies in the treatment of brain tumors. She graduated in 2013 and is currently employed in the biomedical industry.

Kah Suan Lim (Graduate Student) completed her undergraduate studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. As an undergraduate she studied receptor tyrosine kinases. She entered the Johns Hopkins University Pathobiology graduate program in 2008, and began her thesis studies in 2009. She graduated in 2014 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

Raffaella Spina (visiting Graduate Student) is a PhD student in the laboratory of Giovanni Morrone, MD, who directs the Laboratory of Molecular Haematopoiesis and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Catanzaro Magna Gracia in Italy. She visited our laboratory from 2011 to 2012 in order to advance her studies of EHZF/ZNF521 in brain tumors. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Eli Bar at Case Western Reserve University.

Marianne Hutt (Technician) grew up in Costa Rica. She completed her bachelors degree at Dickinson College, and worked in the Eberhart laboratory as a summer volunteer before being hired by Dr. Raabe as a technician in 2011. She later finished her Masters degree in France and is currently in Costa Rica.

Duncan Stearns MD (Research Fellow 2001-2005) worked on the role of myc oncogenes in medulloblastoma. After his fellowship, he joined the faculty of Drexel University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. In 2009 he moved to Case Western Reserve University, where he continues to see pediatric oncology patients and study the role of c-Myc in medulloblastoma.

Xing Fan MD PhD (Research Fellow 2002-2008) worked on Notch and cancer stem cells while in the laboratory. He subsequently  joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2008 as an Assistant Professor and has set up his own research group.

Irina Mikolaenko MD (Neuropathology Fellow 2002-2004) helped with early studies of Notch expression in brain tumors. She  is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology at NYU.

Ty Abel MD PhD  (Neuropathology Fellow 2003-2005)  led a study on a rare disease known as Lhermitte-Duclos. He is currently an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Pathology at Vanderbilt University, where he is Director of Neuropathology. He research now focuses on the role of TGFbeta signaling in gliomas.

John Kratz (Technician 2000-2003) was the first member of the Eberhart laboratory, and was first author on a paper describing genomic alterations in medulloblastoma.  After spending three years in the lab he entered graduate school at Columbia University and pursued his PhD in the Chalfie laboratory.

Krista Summers (Technician 2001-2003) was the second technician to join the lab. She entered medical school at the University of Maryland after spending two years working on medulloblastoma.

XingZhi Ni MD (Technician 2002-2004) worked with Xing Fan on the early Notch pathway studies. He left to become Assistant (vice) Professor, Department of Surgery, Shanghai Second Medical University, China.

Ihab Elhassan (Technician 2003-2004) entered the MD/PhD program at Howard University.

Aneeka Chaudhry (Technician 2004-2006) worked with Eli Bar on the role of Hedgehog in medulloblastoma and glioma. She subsequently entered an MPH program at George Washington University

Leila Khaki (Technician 2005-2007) worked with Xing Fan on his Notch studies. She  is currently a technician in the laboratory of Susan Eshleman.

Alex Lin (Technician 2006-2009) worked with Eli Bar and Charles Eberhart on Hedgehog, hypoxia and pilocytic astrocytoma genetics. He  left the lab to pursue PhD studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Hershey.

Naheed Gul (Technician 2008-2009) left to become a technician in the laboratory of David Loeb.

Glenn Hatfield (Technician 2008-2010) left and took another position at Franklin Square hospital.

Jazmin Morales-Odia (Neurology Resident 2009-2010) worked for a year in the Eberhart laboratory examining the role of c-Myc protein in brain tumors. She left to start a Neuro-oncology fellowship at the NIH.

Karissa Schreck (Graduate Student 2006-2010) was an M.D. Ph.D. studetn enrolled in the Neuroscience graduate program. She split her thesis work between the Gaiano and Eberhart laboratories. She completed her graduate work and returned to the wards in October 2010.

Michael Coonfield (Technician 2007-2011) has been an army officer, machinist, insurance salesman and farmer. His undergraduate degree is from the University of New Hampshire. He has worked as a technician at Johns Hopkins since 1997, and retired in 2011.

XingGang Mao (Visiting Graduate Student 2009-2011) completed his MD in 2004 at The Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an China. He subsequently studied neurosurgery and neuroscience. He joined the Eberhart laboratory as a visiting PhD student from 2009 to 2011, and worked closely with Eric Raabe .

Susannah Yovino MD (Research Fellow 2010-2011) completed her medical training and radiation oncology residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She entered the Johns Hopkins Neurooncology training program in 2010 and joined the Eberhart laboratory for a year, where she examined the effects of radiation on brain tumor pathobiology.