Ross Lab

Team

Sarah Ross Sarah Ross
Junichi Hachisuka Junichi Hachisuka
Michael Chiang Michael Chiang
Lindsey Snyder Lindsey Snyder
Yu Omori Yu Omori
Eileen Nguyen Eileen Nguyen
Aihua Su Aihua Su
Catherine Ruff Catherine Ruff
Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross

Assistant Professor

  • saross@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-9178
  • B.S. University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan (MacDougald Lab)
  • Post-Doc Harvard Medical School (Greenberg Lab)
  • Things that itch me: reviewer #3, creationists, telephone solicitors
  • Itchy-foot destination: NYC to see The Colbert Report live
  • Itching to try: scuba diving in the Red Sea
Yu Omori

Yu Omori

PhD Student

  • yuomori@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-8182
  • B.S. Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University
  • Ph.D. University of Toyama (Kuraishi Lab)
  • Things that itch me: Itch of back (I'm stiff).
  • Itchy-foot destination: The world's largest salt flat, Salar De Uyuni.
  • Itching to try: A world cruise by ASUKA II/Queen Elizabeth.
Aihua Su

Aihua Su

Research Associate

  • (Aihua)@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-8182
  • (Previous Education)
  • Things that itch me: Scary snakes, earthworms and other slithery things.
  • Itchy-foot destination: Hawaii in the winter to get away from the cold, and China to see family and all the big changes.
  • Itching to try:Swimming. I want to learn.
Huizhen Huang

Huizhen Huang

Visiting Research Associate

  • huh12@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-8182
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Things that itch me: I want to be taller but I hate high heels.
  • Itchy-foot destination: France & Japan! And everywhere that has tasty food.
  • Itching to try: Bungee Jumping!!!
Monica Domaracki

Monica Domaracki

Research Associate

  • B.S. University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Things that itch me: egotistical people & cold weather
  • Itchy-foot destination: To revisit the most beautiful place on Earth, the Cook Islands.
  • Itching to try: Sand boarding on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Zorbing in New Zealand. Deep sea fishing in the South Pacific
  • Monica is currently in Aukland, New Zealand
Adam Kardon

Adam Kardon

  • adkardon@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-8182
  • B.S. Vassar College
  • Things that itch me: excessive online chat lingo, The New York Yankees, romantic comedies
  • Itchy-foot destination: the Himalayans, to hike Mt. Everest
  • Itching to try: kite surfing, durian (a husky southeast Asian fruit, known for its large size, thorns, and unpleasant smell)
  • Adam is currently studying Medicine in Philadelphia

Andrzej Dubiel

  • B.S. University of Pittsburgh
  • Contribution to team itch: I designed the original Ross lab website as well as making some of figures that you can see in some of the Ross lab publications.
  • After team itch: I work for Yellow Bridge Interactive now.
  • Things that itch me: egocentrism
  • Itchy-foot destination: Fiji
  • Itching to try: sky diving
Junichi Hachisuka

Junichi Hachisuka

Post Doc

  • B.S. Nagoya University, Japan
  • M.D. Nagoya University, Japan
  • Ph.D. Kyushu University, Japan
  • Things that itch me: candy sticking between the teeth
  • Itchy-foot destination: three-star restaurants all over the world
  • Itching to try: fish yellowtail
Gregory Hemenway

Gregory Hemenway

  • B.S. University of Pittsburgh
  • Contribution to team itch: I did undergraduate research for credit in the Ross lab. Damian and I worked together to design experiments and test whether mice lacking Bhlhb5 respond normally to cold.
  • After Team Itch: I am applying to medical school.
  • Things that itch me: city parking, chicken/egg salad
  • Itchy-foot destination: I want to ski the world, Whistler, the Alps, so everywhere there is snow
  • Itching to try: riding an ATV and fly fishing
Damian DiCostanzo

Damian DiCostanzo

  • B.S. University of Pittsburgh
  • Contribution to team itch: I did undergraduate research for credit in the Ross lab. Greg and I worked together to design experiments and test whether mice lacking Bhlhb5 respond normally to cold.
  • After Team Itch: I am planning to go to dental school.
  • Things that itch me: loud headphones in the library and groups of 3 or 4 people across walking (blocking) the sidewalk
  • Itchy-foot destination: World Cup-Brazil 2014
  • Itching to try: skydiving and backpacking through Europe
Eric Burrage

Eric Burrage

  • B.S. University of Pittsburgh
  • After Team Itch: I worked as a Web Development Intern for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • Things that itch me:Bad drivers, traffic
  • Itchy-foot destination:Scandinavia
  • Itchin' to try:Golfing
Erica Kundrick

Erica Kundrick

Undergraduate Student (Pitt)

  • erk40@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-8182
  • Things that itch me:People walking down the street talking on their Bluetooth, you never know if they are talking to you or not.
  • Itchy-foot destination: I want to see the world, I've never left the country, so i just want to go somewhere and experience a new and different culture.
  • Itchin' to try: Taking a week to go backpacking or camping in the mountains.
Zeyu Hu

Zeyu Hu

Undergraduate Student (CMU)

  • zeyuh@andrew.cmu.edu
  • 412-648-8182
  • Things that itch me: Why there are never enough hours in the day & fully immersive virtual reality
  • Itchy-foot destination: Japan. I have never been there, but I always wanted to.
  • Itchin' to try: Going camping with friends.
Brittany Humensky

Brittany Humensky

Undergraduate Student (Pitt)

  • beh52@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-8182
  • Things that itch me: When bicyclists riding on the road don't obey stop signs or red lights.
  • Itchy-foot destination:There are so many rich cultures! Greece and Japan are my top choices.
  • Itchin' to try: Sailing
Stephanie Buerk

Stephanie Buerk

Undergraduate Student (Pitt)

  • smb202@pitt.edu
  • 814-594-6561
  • Things that itch me: People who chew obnoxiously and loud phone conversations in public places
  • Itchy-foot destination:Australia and New Zealand
  • Itchin' to try: Zip lining in a tropical rainforest
Nathan Schuerman

Nathan Schuerman

Undergraduate Student (Pitt)

  • njs59@pitt.edu
  • 724-396-2399
  • Things that itch me: People who dont know the difference between irony and coincidence.
  • Itchy-foot destination:Spain
  • Itchin' to try: Scuba Diving
  • Scratchin' an itch: Nathan is currently working as an electrical engineer at JNE Consulting
Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

Undergraduate Student (Pitt)

  • tjs99@pitt.edu
  • 814-341-0659
  • Things that itch me: slow internet and slow drivers.
  • Itchy-foot destination:Australia
  • Itchin' to try: adopting a baby kangaroo and caribou hunting
Stephanie Fulton

Stephanie Fulton

  • SAF78@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-8182
  • Things that itch me: reality television, The Heartbreak Kid, mints.
  • Itchy-foot destination: Italy, Greece, and Egypt for the ancient history.
  • Itchin' to try: Whale watching in Alaska.
Luiza Arieta Frota de Souza

Luiza Arieta Frota de Souza

  • LUA5@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-8182
  • Things that itch me: annoying childish pop stars and their completely meaningless songs; obnoxiously loud gum-chewers and food-eaters.
  • Itchy-foot destination: I would love to spend at least a month in Europe and tour as many different countries as possible, particularly Italy, Germany, Austria, France, England, Ireland, Holland, and Greece.
  • Itchin' to try: : Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
  • Luiza is going to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry.
Michael Lee

Michael Lee

  • rosslab@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-8182
  • Things that itch me: how much time I have to spend sleeping each day. people who don't get into the right lane ahead of time and merge at the last second.
  • Itchy-foot destination: Hong Kong, China and Athens, Greece
  • Itchin' to try: : sky-diving, paragliding, and water-skiing
Dylan Burbee

Dylan Burbee

Undergraduate Student (Pitt)

  • dlb77@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-8182
  • Things that itch me:People who run or bike on busy sidewalks
  • Itchy-foot destination:Norway, to see the Fjords.
  • Itchin' to try:Skydiving
Chris Fan

Chris Fan

Undergraduate Student (Pitt)

  • chrisfan52@gmail.com
  • 412-624-8182
  • Things that itch me:Street preachers who attack you on street with flyers, Pictures that are not hanging straight.
  • Itchy-foot destination:Japan, I spent one night there and I would love to have been able to explore the area more.
  • Itchin' to try: I love cars and driving at an auto cross or track event would be extremely fun.
  • Chris is currently in the Master of Biomedical Sciences program at The Commonwealth Medical College.
Lindsey Snyder

Lindsey Snyder

PhD Student

  • mccleml@gmail.com
  • 412-624-8182
  • B.S. Allegheny College
  • Things that itch me: Baking, traffic, and how much my dog sheds.
  • Itchy-foot destination: The pacific northwest, including Yellowstone national park.
  • Itchin' to try: Cage diving with great white sharks.
Cassie Nelson

Cassie Nelson

  • B.S. University of Pittsburgh
  • After Team Itch: I am attending medical school.
  • Things that itch me: Smelly people in small rooms, the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Itchy-foot destination: New Zealand to do things like rafting and bungee jumping.
  • Itchin' to try: Skydiving, traveling to new places.
  • Cassie is currently studying medicine at LECOM in Bradenton, FL.
Xiaoyun Cai

Xiaoyun Cai

Research Associate

  • ificcy@gmail.com
  • 412-648-8182
  • B.S. Nankai University, China
  • Ph.D. Fudan University, China
  • Things that itch me: Things that itch me should be that it is so difficult to settle down. However, someone said that "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get", which means you can get surprise to make your life more colorful.
  • Itchy-foot destination: There are so many itchy-foot destinations. The itchiest one should be Japan: sakura, kimono and tons of Japanese cuisine. If I will have chance to travel around Europe, it would be another fantastic highlight for my life.
  • Itching to try: to learn how to cook all kinds of fine food for my beloved family and friends
Michael Chiang

Michael Chiang

MD/PhD Student

  • MichaelCChiang@gmail.com
  • 412-624-8182
  • B.S. University of Calfornia, Berkeley
  • Things that itch me: poor sleep
  • Itchy-foot destination: Scandinavia
  • Itchin' to try: new eats!
Carlisle Turner

Carlisle Turner

Undergrad

  • crt43@pitt.edu
  • 412-624-8182
  • Things that itch me: slow walkers and American cheese
  • Itchy-foot destination: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands
  • Itchin' to try: Sky Diving
Eileen Nguyen

Eileen Nguyen

MD/PHD Rotation Student

  • ekn11@pitt.edu
  • 412-648-8182
  • B.S. Neuroscience, University of Calfornia, Los Angeles
  • NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow
  • Things that itch me: Snowstorms, cinammon, walking barefoot on crumbs
  • Itchy-foot destination: Serengeti National Park
  • Itching to try: Cross-country skiing
Catherine Ruff

Catherine Ruff

  • ---.edu
  • 412-648-8182
  • B.S. University of Iowa
  • M.S. Cornell University
  • D.V.M. Purdue University
  • Anatomic Pathology Residency Purdue University
  • Things that itch me: Wet socks
  • Itchy-foot destination: Madagascar (to see the wild lemurs!)
  • Itching to try: Fly fishing

Part Time

Carlisle Turner Carlisle Turner
Thomas Smith Thomas Smith

Lab Alum

Nathan Schuerman Nathan Schuerman
Brittany Humensky Brittany Humensky
Stephanie Buerk Stephanie Buerk
Stephanie Fulton Stephanie Fulton
Zeyu Hu Zeyu Hu
Michael Lee Michael Lee
Xiaoyun Cai Xiaoyun Cai
Monica Domaracki Monica Domaracki
Adam Kardon Adam Kardon
Huizhen Huang Huizhen Huang
Luiza Arieta Frota de Souza Luiza Arieta Frota de Souza
Dylan Burbee Dylan Burbee
Erica Kundrick Erica Kundrick
Chris Fan Chris Fan
Eric Furrage Eric Furrage
Gregory Hemenway Gregory Hemenway
Damian DiConstanzo Damian DiConstanzo
Andrzej Dubiel Andrzej Dubiel
Cassie Nelson Cassie Nelson
Marissa Kuzirian Marissa Kuzirian
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