Jason Tennessen PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
2001-2007 Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics University of Minnesota.
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, magna cum laude Lawrence University.
Madhulika Rai PhD
Madhulika obtained her Masters from BITS-Pilani, India and her PhD degree from the University of Pompeu Fabra- Barcelona, Spain under the supervision of Dr. Cayetano Gonzalez.
Currently, she is interested in understanding the role of lactate in normal development and in tumor progression by using Drosophila melanogaster as the model system.
Nader completed his undergraduate work at the University of Houston. He is a graduate student, and is interested in the response to hypoxia in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, and the possible role of the oncometabolite L-2-hydroxygluterate (L2HG) in this process.
Yasaman completed her undergraduate and master work on signaling pathways in ovarian cancer at the University of Tehran. She then joined Cancer Research Center of Iran where she worked on Oxytocin role in breast cancer. She is a graduate student studying L-2HG role in a Drosophila model of renal cancer.
Melody completed her Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and postbaccalaureate degree in Biotechnology at California State University, Long Beach. She studied fly metabolism in her undergraduate lab, then spent a year as an intern at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles studying ALS in human iPSCs. She is a second year graduate student studying the Drosophila Estrogen Related Receptor and it’s role in the fly.
Kylie completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana University Bloomington with a major in Human Biology and concentration in Human Health and Disease along with a minor in Psychology. She is a research assistant and currently does not have a project of her own, but focuses on helping other lab members with their projects and maintaining/managing the lab.
Ari is from Barcelona Spain, she came to the US with a tennis scholarship from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she got her microbiology bachelor’s degree. Afterwards, she got her Master’s degree at the University of California Merced in Environmental Sciences, focused on Marine Microbiology. She is currently working on two projects. The goal of the first project is to overexpress D2HGDH mutation to characterize the phenotype associated with it. The focus of the second project is the response of larvae and KC 167 cells to different pH, especially to acidic pH.
Undergrad researchers and support staff are essential to our work in the Tennessen Lab. If you are interested in research experience or a part time job please contact us.
Geetanjali Chawla, Ph.D.
Formerly an Associate Scientist with the Tennessen Lab, Geetu is currently working as Wellcome-DBT India Alliance Intermediate Fellow at Regional Centre for Biotechnology.
Formerly a Research Associate with the Tennessen lab, Alex is currently a Sequencing Research Associate at Kallyope.
Formerly a Researcher Associate with the Tennessen lab.
Hongde Li, Ph.D.
Formally a Postdoctoral Fellow
Hongde completed his undergraduate work Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and received his PhD from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Analytical Chemistry. Hongde studied the putative oncometabolite L-2-hydroxyglutarate (L-2HG) under physiological conditions and how L-2HG is regulated in vivo using a Drosophila model with multiple methods including biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and metabolomics.
Fourth year graduate student in the PhD program at the Institute of Neuroscience of Alicante Spain in Prof. María Dominguez Lab. She is interested in studying the role of energetic stress and metabolic reprogramming in Notch-Akt tumorigenesis.
Undergraduate work at the University of Alicante (degree in Biology)
Master work at the Institute of Neuroscience of Alicante (master in Neuroscience)
Rose completed her undergraduate work at Austin College in Sherman TX. She got her Masters Degree in Dr. Tennessen’s lab studying the effect of metabolism on early eye development.