Jonathan Boucher - PhD Candidate, Northwestern University, USA
Jonathan was a research assistant in the Greco lab from 2014 to 2018 and while his primary efforts were to ensure the lab constantly functioned smoothly, he also simultaneously contributed to multiple projects throughout his tenure.
Cristiana Pineda – MD Candidate, Georgetown University, USA
Cristiana was a PhD student in the Greco Lab from 2014 to 2018 and focused her efforts on studying Hras mutants within adult murine epidermis. Along with Samara Brown, she helped reveal how the skin epithelium is capable of eliminating aberrant structures to re-establish normal tissue architecture and function through normal homeostatic processes. Through further experimentation she discovered that epithelial-mesenchymal interactions act to suppress oncogenic growth in the hair follicle by utilizing both autonomous and non-autonomous mechanisms to integrate the mutant cells into homeostatic tissue.
Samara Brown - Lab Manager, Rockefeller University, USA
Samara was a PhD student in the Greco Lab from 2014 to 2017 who focused her efforts on studying b-catenin mutants within adult murine epidermis. Along with Cristiana Pineda, she helped reveal how the skin epithelium is capable of eliminating aberrant structures, irrespective of their size, to re-establish normal tissue architecture and function through normal homeostatic processes.
Kailin Mesa - Postdoctoral Associate, NYU, USA
Kai was a PhD student in the Greco Lab from 2013 to 2017 and focused his efforts on understanding the interplay between the hair follicle and surrounding tissues during tissue growth and regression and the spatiotemporal coordination of stem cell commitment during epidermal homeostasis.
Kathleen Suozzi - Assistant Professor, Yale, USA
Katie was a Dermatology Fellow in the Greco lab from 2015 to 2016 and was interested in cutaneous oncology and identifying novel therapeutic targets for squamous cell carcinoma while working closely with Samara Brown and Cristiana Pineda. She continues to attend Greco Lab meetings and provides medical perspective to ongoing projects in the lab as her schedule permits.
Peggy Myung - Assistant Professor, Yale, USA
Peggy was a Dermatopath Fellow in the Greco lab from 2012 to 2016 and interrogated how Wnt/b-catenin regulates stem cells and the growth process in the hair follicle. She discovered, in collaboration with Elizabeth Deschene, that beta-catenin acts non-cell-autonomously to fuel tissue growth.
Thomas Sun - MD Internal Medicine, Stanford, USA
Thomas was a MD student at Yale while in the Greco lab from 2013 to 2016 and worked with Peggy to interrogated how Wnt/b-catenin regulates stem cells and the growth process in the hair follicle, as well as, explored the tumor environment in basal cell carcinomas.
Pantelis Rompolas - Assistant Professor, UPenn, USA
Pantelis was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Greco lab from 2011 to 2015 and established our current approach to utilize intravital microscopy to study the behavior of stem cells in vivo. He discovered how spatial organization within a niche can act as a determinant of stem cell fate and demonstrated, in collaboration with Kai Mesa, that epidermal stem cells have equal potential to either divide or directly differentiate.
Enrico Ferro - MD Candidate 2018, Harvard, USA
Enrico was an undergraduate student at Yale while in the Greco lab from 2013 to 2014 and worked with Gianni to investigate how skin tumors can regress and what role stem cells and their signaling play in this process. In 2018 Enrico began training in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Giovanni Zito - Group Leader, Mediterranean Center for Human Health Advanced Biotechnologies, Palermo, Italy
Gianni was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Greco lab from 2010 to 2014 and investigated how skin tumors can regress and what role stem cells and their signaling play in this process. He discovered, how spontaneous tumor regression in keratoacanthomas is driven by Wnt /Retinoic Acid signaling cross-talk.
Markus Wolfel - Research Engineer, MAG and More, Germany
Markus worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Greco lab from 2013 to 2014 as an engineer and technology expert who helped to develop new technologies based on multiphoton microscopy.
Elizabeth Deschene Jacox - Postdoctoral Associate, Yale, USA
Elizabeth was a PhD student in the Greco Lab from 2010 to 2014 and focused her efforts on understanding stem cell activation within the hair follicle. She discovered, in collaboration with Peggy Myung, that beta-catenin acts non-cell-autonomously to fuel tissue growth.
Ichiko Saotome - Lab Manager, UC San Diego, USA
Ichiko was a lab manager in the Greco lab from 2010 to 2014 and was responsible for ensuring that things ran smoothly while supporting the numerous projects ongoing in the lab as it grew.