Yuka Fujii, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Yuka Fujii earned her PhD in stem cell biology from Kanazawa University in Japan where she studied molecular mechanisms of transcription factor network in ES cells. She is also a board certified cardiovascular anesthesiologist in Japan. She joined the El-Zein Lab in June 2018, working on an inflammatory breast cancer project. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanism of aggressiveness and highly metastatic property of inflammatory breast cancer, especially in relation to tumor microenvironment. Yuka enjoys traveling and watching movies in her free time.

Jose Thaiparambil, PhD

Jose Thaiparambil received his PhD in Bio-chemistry from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2004 and went on to do postdoctoral fellowship in cancer chemoprevention at University of Louisville, Southern Research Institute and Emory University. During his postdoctoral training he has developed several assays to screen anticancer activity and found a novel pathway that regulates spindle orientation during mitosis. Then he joined the Randa El-Zein lab in 2015 and focusing on the mitotic abnormalities induced by cigarette smoke carcinogens and how these mitotic changes lead to genomic instability in lung and breast cancer. He has developed few assays to assess several aspects of genomic instability such as Gamma H2AX, Comet assay and Chromosome abnormalities to our Genomic Instability Core facility. Currently, his work is focused on integrating Lung RNAseq with metabolites and DNA adducts using OMICS technology in collaboration with Baylor. The main goal of this study is to identify early biomarkers for lung cancer and molecular targets for chemoprevention. He plays cricket and basketball in his free time and also enjoys with family.