Current Members

Stephanie Duong

Education: B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University (2019)

Current Position: Full-time Laboratory/Research Technician & Master of Mice, Part-time M.S. Student in Microbiology and Immunology

Lab interests: Linking the clinical and molecular aspects of type 2 diabetes with hepatocellular carcinoma in a high-fat diet-induced mouse model

Outside lab interests: Birdwatching, volunteering/community outreach, collecting squishmallows from around the world, and spoiling my wonderful collie puppy

Shamar Matthews

Education: Currently pursuing a B.S. in Health Science at Virginia Commonwealth University (est. 2023)

Current Position: Unit Secretary at St. Mary’s Hospital (previously Master of Mice-II (Laboratory/Research Technician)

Lab Interests: Keep everything in the lab organized and running; assist other lab members with daily tasks

Outside lab interests: Pursuing a Medical Assistant certification to eventually become a Nurse Practitioner. Motorcycles, musically inclined, and photography.

Grayson Way

Education: B.S. in Biology from James Madison University (2011)

Current Program/Position: Microbiology/Immunology M.S. Student 

Lab interests: Development of a rapid clinical diagnostic test utilizing SARs-CoV-2 as a platform for testing, that is adaptable to other pathogens with a sensitivity, accuracy, and speed benefit over current methodologies.

Anuj Tharakan

Education: BS in Biological Sciences from Drexel University (2014); MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University (2016)

Current Program: MD/PhD, Microbiology and Immunology

Lab interests: Regulation of T helper cell polarization by dendritic cells; local tissue mediators regulating group 2 innate lymphoid cell function

Outside lab interests: Basketball, baseball, gym, cooking

Matt Zellner

Education: BS., Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016

Current Program/Position: Microbiology and Immunology PhD Student

Lab interests: Exploring the mechanisms of IgE as a mediator in allergic disease and asthma.

Outside lab interests: Spending time with my friends, stand up comedy, music, video games, and pick up sports.

Jared S. Farrar

Education: BS in Biology, minor in chemistry, honors certificate; University of Utah (2010) Current MD/PhD Student at VCU

Current Program/Position: M3 medical student and working in the laboratory on a research rotation (as well as whenever I can).

Dissertation Research: PhD in Clinical and Translational Sciences, with a concentration in Cancer and Molecular Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University (defended 02/05/2020; degree will be conferred in 05/2022). Title: GENETIC AND CELLULAR MODELS FOR THE STUDY OF PTK2B AND ADAM10 IN ADAPTIVE THERMOGENESIS AND METABOLISM

Lab interests: Novel PCR technology and methodology development