Gina DeNicola |

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.

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 GEMM models of lung, pancreatic and liver cancer for stable isotope infusion of tracers to study cysteine metabolism in vivo

Tiffany Razabdouski | 

Research Project Specialist

Tiffany received her BS in Biology from the University of South Florida. She has 15 years in biomedical research field with a focus in rodent surgical techniques. Additionally, she is a CVT and has worked with multiple animal species. She generating and evaluating GEMM models of NRF2 active lung cancer.


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.  

Chang Jiang |

Postdoctoral Fellow | National Pancreas Foundation Grantee

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.


Paloma Gonzalez Sanchez |

Postdoctoral Fellow

Paloma received her PhD in Molecular Biosciences from the University Autonoma of Madrid in Spain in the laboratory of Prof. Jorgina Satrustegui, where she studied the calcium regulation of mitochondrial respiration in neurons and its role in Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy. She is interested in understanding how metabolism is regulated, and the mechanisms underlying metabolic reprogramming in cancer cells. Her project is focused on the identification of metabolic interations between cancer cells and the tumor microenvironment, and their role in promoting the progression of NRF2 mutant lung tumors. 

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Sang Jun Yoon | 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sang Jun received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Analysis from Prof. Sung Won Kwon’s laboratory at the Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea. During this time, he applied LC-MS/MS and GC-MS to the study of lipidomics and metabolomics on diverse clinical samples. He is interested in understanding metabolism through the comprehensive interrogation of mass spectrometry based stable isotope labeling and biological phenotypes.

Nicolas Prieto |

Research Associate I

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 Aimee Falzone, he aims to hone the techniques required to perform animal research within the context of studying serine metabolism in pancreatic cancer. 


Juliana Madej |

Undergraduate volunteer

Juliana is an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Her motivation to pursue research stemmed from participating in the Nutrition Research and Health Scholarly Concentration by the Morsani College of Medicine. Under the guidance of Dr. Nathan Ward, she hopes to build a foundation of lab techniques and knowledge of mitochondrial redox regulation in lung tumorigenesis.

Janine DeBlasi |

PhD Student

Janine received her B.S. from the University of South Florida, where she performed her honors thesis work with Domenic D'Agostino. She subsequently received an M.Sc. from Oxford University. Her PhD work focuses on interrogation cooperation between KEAP1 mutation and loss of other tumor suppressors in lung adenocarcinoma.