Gina DeNicola | Gina.DeNicola@moffitt.org

Assistant Member, Department of Cancer Physiology

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.

Norma Pagan | Norma.Pagan@moffitt.org

Grants Administrator

Norma was born and raised in Bronx, New York (home of the Yankees!), but is loving life in Florida.  She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends, and enjoys taking in all the natural beauty this state has to offer.  She is honored to be part of the Moffitt family.  Even though she is just a little grain of sand in this huge endeavor to find a cure for cancer, she believes someday we will!

Aimee Falzone | Aimee.Falzone@moffitt.org

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 | YunPyo.Kang@moffitt.org

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 | Nathan.Ward@moffitt.org

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 | Laura.TorrenteFernandez@moffitt.org

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.  


 

Joseph Combs | Joseph.Combs@moffitt.org

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joseph received his PhD from Tulane University in the laboratory of Cindy Morris, where he studied Human Cytomegalovirus regulation of host cell mitochondrial metabolism. His current research interests focus on the gasotransmitter hydrogen sulfide and its role in oncogenesis and oncogenic metabolism.

Chang Jiang | Chang.Jiang@moffitt.org

Postdoctoral Fellow

Chang received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in the laboratory of Dr. Partha Roy, where she studied the molecular mechanisms underlying Profilin-1’s regulation of tumorigenic potential of breast cancer cells. Chang did her first postdoctoral work with Dr. Benjamin Gewurz, where she performed CRISPR/Cas9 screens to identify key regulators of CD40/NFkB signaling in human B cells. She also exploited the same strategy to identify the host B cell factors critical for Epstein-Barr virus latent to lytic switch. She is interested in identifying key regulators of KEAP1/NRF2 signaling and studying the role of KEAP1/NRF2 mutation on tumor initiation and progression.

Cody Elkins | Cody.Elkins@moffitt.org

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.


 

 

Nicolas Prieto | nprieto1@mail.usf.edu

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. 

 

Guohui Li | Guohui.Li@moffitt.org

Research Scientist

Guohui received his PhD degree from The University of Hong Kong in the lab of Dr. Ivan K. Chu, where he studied biological mass spectrometry and the application of metabolomics to naturally-occurring drugs for Parkinson’s disease. Guohui next worked as an assistant scientist in Dr. Rebecca Butcher’s lab at the University of Florida focusing on C. elegans pheromone and nuclear hormone receptor ligand discovery  by MS-based metabolomics approach and NMR techniques. At Moffitt, he is applying metabolomics to the identification of common and unique metabolic vulnerabilities and their interplay across NSCLC and SCLC as part of the Lung Cancer Metabolism Working group

Andrea Mockabee-Macias | amockabee@mail.usf.edu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Andrea will be graduating with a B.S in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Anthropology in May 2019. Her current research interests include understanding cysteine metabolism and NRF2/ KEAP1 mutations in NSCLC. Under the guidance of Dr. Yun Pyo Kang, she aims to strengthen her skills in the lab setting and develop the technique required to carry out molecular research related to cancer. She plans to pursue a PhD in Cancer Immunology.


 

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 and Rotation Student - currently PhD student in the Davila lab

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

Brianna Sellers - MS student