Current Lab Members

Yi Xu, Ph.D.

Current Position:

Research Associate, Perinatal Immunobiology Unit, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Hutzel Women's Hospital, 3990 John R, 4 Brush North, Detroit, MI 48201

 

Previous Positions:

Health Science Specialist, VAMC, Detroit, MI (2004-2006)
Contract Scientist, Inflammation molecular technology, Pfizer, Inc, Ann Arbor, MI (2003-2004)
Research Associate, Dr. Mark Kelley's lab, Wells Center for pediatric research, Cancer Institute (1994-2003)

Education:

Ph.D.  in Molecular Biology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (1994)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biochemistry, Nanjing University, China (1986)

Research Interests:

My current project focuses on immunity at maternal-fetal interface.

 

Marcia Arenas-Hernandez, M.Sc.

Current Position:

Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular Biomedicine/Senior Research Assistant, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48201

Previous Positions:

Graduate Student in Reproductive Biology. Department of Nutrition Research. Instituto Nacional de Perinatología Isidro Espinosa de los Reyes.  Mexico City. Mexico (November 2011-December 2012), Advisor: Dr. Rodrigo Vega-Sanchez.

Education:

Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Biomedicine and Molecular Biotechnology. Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Mexico City. Mexico (2013).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, Bacteriology and Parasitology. Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Mexico City. Mexico (2009).

Research Interests:

I am currently studying the expression and epigenetic changes in mice during normal pregnancy and the diseases associated with these changes. In addition, I am interested in studying the interaction of paternal antigens in murine models. I enjoy participating in different projects that are related to biomedicine and reproductive immunology for preventing preterm birth.

 

Valeria Garcia-Flores, M.Sc.

Current Position:

Ph.D. Candidate in Genetics and Molecular Biology/Research Assistant, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48201

Previous Positions:

Junior Resercher in Endometrial Receptivity. Research and Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, Ingenes. Mexico City. Mexico (May 2012-September 2015).

Education:

Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Molecular Biology and Genetics. at The Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) Mexico City, Mexico (2013).

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, Bacteriology and Parasitology. Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Mexico City. Mexico (2009).

Research Interest:

I am studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are involved in late pregnancy and preterm birth.

 

Yaozhu Leng, M.Sc.

Current Position:

Research Assistant, Perinatal Immunobiology Unit, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Hutzel Women's Hospital, 3990 John R, 4 Brush North, Detroit, MI, 48201
 

Previous Positions:

Technique assistance, project focus on Neuron induction and 3D culture, Wayne state university, Detroit,  MI, USA (2015-2016)

Graduate student, project focus on rapid proteolysis of fibronectin in decellularized extracellular matrices formed in high glucose environments, Illinois institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA (2014-2015)

Technological Development Assistant, Zhongsheng Pharmacy, Zhuhai, China (2012)

Education:

Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Biological Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA (2015)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biotechnology, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai, China (2012)

Research Interests:

My current project focuses on the cellular immune response in the amniotic fluid and chorioamniotic membranes. 

 

Derek Miller, B.Sc.

Current Position:

Master's student in Immunology & Microbiology/Research Assistant, Perinatal Immunobiology Unit, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Hutzel Women's Hospital, 3990 John R, 4 Brush North, Detroit, MI, 48201

Previous Positions:

Laboratory Assistant, Department of Natural Sciences, Lawrence Technological University

Education:

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemical Biology, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI  (2014)

Research Interests:

My past research was focused on tissue engineering with human fibroblast cells, which utilized cell culture techniques as well as fluorescent staining and confocal microscopy. I am interested in expanding my knowledge of cell biology.

 

Tara Mial, B.Sc.

Current Position:

Research Assistant, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48201

Previous Positions:

Undergraduate MedSOAR Research Assistant in Molecular Behavior and Neuroscience, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2011)

Education:

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH (2013)

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the effects of T-cells and macrophages in pregnancy and preterm birth.

Other Interests:

I enjoy reading, writing poetry, theater, the arts, and traveling.

 

George Schwenkel, B.Sc.

Current Position:

Reseach Assistant. Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48201

Education:

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Human Biology. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA (2013)

Research Interests:

I am interested in studying immunology, molecular biology, and genetics.

 

Volunteers

Hana Kallabat

Current Position: 

Undergraduate Volunteer, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48201

 

Education:

Studies Biology at Wayne State University- Class of 2018

Pre-Med Student

Research Interests:

I am interested in the effects of maternal age and inflammatory responses in preterm birth.

Other interests:

 I enjoy cooking, reading, traveling and volunteering throughout my community. 

 

Sabrina Gregor 

Current Position:

Undergraduate Volunteer, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48201

 

Education:

Studies Biology at Wayne State University with a minor in Health Psychology- Class of 2019

Pre-Med Student 

 

Research Interests:

I am interested in the cellular mechanisms that are involved in preterm birth.

 

Other Interests:

I enjoy boating, traveling, and volunteering on campus and around my community. 

 

Aashna Sahi

Current Position:

Undergraduate Volunteer, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 48201

 

Education:

Studies Biology at Wayne State University - Class of 2017
Pre-Med Student
 
Research Interests:
I am interested in the effects of aging on preterm births.
 
Other Interests
Volunteers at DMC Children's Hospital
Tutors at Woodbridge Youth Center in Detroit 
 
 

Katherine Salisbury

Current Position:

Medical Student and Volunteer, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

 

Education:

Medical Doctor (M.D.) Student. School of Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (Class 2018)

 

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marketing. Oakland University, MI (2006)

 

Research Interests:

I am interested in advance maternal age and nutrion in late pregnancy.

 

Leena Abbas

Current Position:

Undergraduate Volunteer, Gomez-Lopez Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

 

Education:

Studies Nutrition at Wayne State University-Class of 2019

Pre-Med Student

Research Interests:

I am interested in the epigenetic changes in preterm birth.

Other Interests:

I'm interested in infectious diseases and epidemiology in relation to the dengue fever and other internationally neglected tropical diseases.