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.  



Brianna Sellers |

Graduate Student

Brianna received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida. During her undergraduate training she studied immunotherapy in osteosarcoma and melanoma in canine and feline patients. In her current work, she is using genetically engineered mouse models and tumor organoid cultures to investigate the serine biosynthesis requirement for pancreatic tumorigenesis and normal cellular function. 

Sae Bom Lee |

Graduate Student

Sae Bom obtained an M.S. in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Analysis from Seoul National University. There, she was trained in mass spec metabolomics before entering the Moffitt PhD program in 2017. In the DeNicola lab she is studying the regulation of tumor metabolism by NRF2. 

Janine DeBlasi | 

Research Volunteer

Janine is currently working towards a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida, and will graduate in May 2018. In the DeNicola lab, she is studying the role of mitochondrial redox regulation in non-small cell lung cancer cell nutrient metabolism. She is also working on a thesis at USF Morsani College of Medicine, studying the effects of ascorbic acid and hyperbaric oxygen on glioblastoma cells. She is very interested in cancer metabolism and redox biology, and plans to pursue a PhD in cancer biology.  


Lab Alumni

Seth Ingram - Summer intern

Sara Tran - Lab manager

Grace Ward - Rotation Student