Gina DeNicola |

Assistant Member, Department of Cancer Imaging and Metabolism

Gina received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the regulation of NRF2 by oncogenic signaling in the laboratory of David Tuveson. She did her postdoctoral work with Lewis Cantley, where she examined the regulation of cellular metabolism by NRF2. In May 2016 she established her own lab at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Andrea Davis |

Grants Administrator

Aimee Falzone |

Research Project Specialist

Aimee has a BA from the University of South Florida and 11 years of research experience with mouse models. She has organized and assisted in many different research projects involving transgenic mouse model colony building and maintenance, imaging, tissue collection, microsurgeries, irradiation, and cell/drug delivery. She is generating and evaluating NRF2 and KEAP1 mutant GEMM lung tumor and organoid orthotopic transplant pancreatic tumor models for serine metabolism studies in vivo


Yun Pyo Kang |

Postdoctoral Fellow

Pyo received his PhD from Seoul National University in South Korea in the laboratory of Sung Won Kwon, where he received training in GC-MS and LC-MS based metabolomics and lipidomics technologies. Applying these high-throughput techniques, he is now exploring the regulation of cysteine metabolism during lung cancer progression. His research interests include understanding the control of metabolism by NRF2 to identify targets for cancer therapy.

Nathan Ward |

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nate received his PhD from the University of South Florida in the laboratory of Dominic D'Agostino, where he evaluated metabolic inhibitors for the treatment of glioblastoma. He is now extending his interest in mitochondrial metabolism to the study of mitochondrial redox regulation in lung tumorigenesis.  

Laura Torrente Fernandez |

Postdoctoral Fellow

Laura received her PhD from the University of Dundee in Scotland in the laboratory of Laureano de la Vega, where she studied the regulation of NRF2 by the kinase HIPK2. Her project focuses on identification of therapeutics for NRF2/KEAP1 mutant lung tumors.  



Nicolas Prieto |

Research Volunteer

Nicolas received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. Parallel to his undergraduate training he gained clinical experience as a medical interpreter at the University of South Florida Bridge Clinic while shadowing Dr. Frederick Slone. Under the guidance of Dr. Laura Torrente Fernandez, he aims to hone the techniques required to perform cell and molecular biology research within the context of identifying novel therapeutic approaches to combat lung tumors harboring KEAP1/NRF2 mutations. 


Cody Elkins |

Research Associate

Cody graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Philosophy from West Virginia University in 2016. He has 3 years of laboratory experience in microbiology, immunology, and disease pathology. He studied the respiratory pathogen Bordetella pertussis in the lab of Dr. F Heath Damron at WVU. Following this, he managed the lab of Dr. Dan Perrien at Vanderbilt for 2 years, where he studied the rare disorder Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. He has extensive knowledge of flow cytometry, in vivo studies, and primary culture of mouse tissues. In the DeNicola lab he is evaluating lung tumor initiation by NRF2/KEAP1 mutations, and aims to pursue a PhD in Cancer Physiology.


Lab Alumni

Seth Ingram - Summer intern

Sara Tran - Lab manager - currently at M2GEN

Grace Ward - Rotation Student - currently PhD student in Alan List lab

Sae Bom Lee - Research volunteer - currently Moffitt PhD student

Janine DeBlasi - Research volunteer - currently MS student at University of Oxford

Brianna Sellers - MS student