Ross Lab

Team

Lab Members:

Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross

Associate Professor

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

E-MAIL: saross@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-624-9178

EDUCATION:

  • 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

Aihua Su

Aihua Su

Research Associate

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

E-MAIL: (Aihua)@pitt.edu

 

EDUCATION:

  • (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

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: swimming, I want to learn

Eileen Nguyen

Eileen Nguyen

MSTP Student

MSTP Student

E-MAIL: ekn11@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • B.S. Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles
  • NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Fellow

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: snowstorms, cinnamon, walking barefoot on crumbs

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Serengeti National Park

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: cross-country skiing

Catherine Ruff

Catherine Ruff

PhD Student

PhD STUDENT

E-MAIL: car147@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • 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!)

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: fly fishing

Tayler Sheahan

Tayler Sheahan

Post Doc

POST DOC

E-MAIL: tayler.sheahan@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

WEBSITE: taylersheahan.com

 

EDUCATION:

  • B.S. Marquette University
  • Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Stinky Cheese

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Ireland, Germany (again)

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: A ragnar relay!

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Post Doc

POST DOC

E-MAIL: ksmith5@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • B.Biomed Sci – University of Newcastle
  • PhD – University of Newcastle

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Pistachios that won’t open!

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: India

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Diving with whale sharks

Charles Warwick

Charles Warwick

Post Doc

POST DOC

E-MAIL: warwickc@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • PhD, Pharmacology, University of Iowa
  • B.S. Biology and Spanish, Iowa State University

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Humidity

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Every national park

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Powered paragliding

Ruby Holland

Ruby Holland

MSTP Student

MSTP STUDENT

E-MAIL: rah143@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: People who chew with their mouth open

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Brazil

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Playing the guitar

Talia Adi

Talia Adi

MSTP Student

MSTP STUDENT

E-MAIL: adi.talia@medstudent.pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION: BA Molecular Neuroscience & Physiology, Hampshire College

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: people who interrupt you mid-sentence & fake phone calls

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS:  The Maldives & New Zealand

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: salsa dancing & baking my own bread

Haichao Chen

Haichao Chen

Tsinghua Scholar

Tsinghua Scholar

E-MAIL: haichaoc@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-684-8182


EDUCATION:
Tsinghua University Medical School

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Gaining weight but still want to eat and no exercise

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Korean food??I guess

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Baking and traveling

Part Time:

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

Lab Manager and Webmaster

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, LAB MANAGER, AND WEBMASTER

E-MAIL: tjs99@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-684-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: slow internet and slow drivers

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Australia

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: adopting a baby kangaroo and caribou hunting

Sofina Shekhar

Sofina Shekhar

Lab Manager

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: sks95@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-684-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Disorganization and bugs

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Bali, Indonesia

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Meditation silent retreat

Angelique Hale

Angelique Hale

Lab Manager

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: anh161@pitt.edu

PHONE: 216-551-6721

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: People who move slow, Humble bragging, People who are rude, People in general (sometimes)

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Madagascar

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: To climb Mount Everest

Lauren Bruckstein

Lauren Bruckstein

Lab Manager

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: leb127@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-684-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: People who skip the line

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Iceland

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Snowboarding a black diamond

Louis Fanien

Louis Fanien

Undergraduate Student

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: LGF8@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-468-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Close talkers

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Alaska, Japan

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Attend the World Cup one day

Allison Manalo

Allison Manalo

Undergraduate Student

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: @pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-468-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Slow walkers when I’m trying to get to class

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATIONS: Anywhere in Asia

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Surfing


Former Trainees:

Lindsey Snyder

Lindsey Snyder

Current VP

CURRENT VP OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AT FARMACEUTIALRX

E-MAIL: mccleml@gmail.com

PHONE: 412-624-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • B.S. Allegheny College
  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

 

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

Junichi Hachisuka

Junichi Hachisuka

Current Neuroscience Lecturer

CURRENT SENIOR LECTURER IN NEUROSCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

 

EDUCATION:

  • 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 DESTINATIONS: three-star restaurants all over the world

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: fish yellowtail

Michael Chiang

Michael Chiang

MSTP Student

MSTP STUDENT

E-MAIL: MichaelCChiang@gmail.com

PHONE: 412-624-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • B.S. University of California, Berkeley

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: poor sleep

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Scandinavia

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: new eats!


Former Staff:

Adam Kardon

Adam Kardon

Former Staff

FORMER STAFF

E-MAIL: adkardon@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • 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

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Kite surfing, durian (a husky southeast Asian fruit, known for its large size, thorns, and unpleasant smell)

 

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Adam is currently studying medicine in Philadelphia

 

Xiaoyun Cai

Xiaoyun Cai

Former Staff

FORMER STAFF

E-MAIL: ificcy@gmail.com

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • 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 fonna gert”, which means you can get a 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.

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: to learn how to cook all kinds of fine food for my beloved family and friends

Monica Domaracki

Monica Domaracki

Former Staff

FORMER STAFF

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • B.S. University of Adelaide, Australia

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Egotistical people and cold weather

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: To revisit the most beautiful place on Earth, the Cook Islands

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Sand boarding on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.  Zorbing in New Zealand.  Deep sea fishing in the South Pacific

 

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Monica is currently in Aukland, New Zealand


Former People:

Huizhen Huang

Huizhen Huang

Visiting Scholar

VISITING SCHOLAR

E-MAIL: huh12@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-624-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • Tsinghua University, China

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: I want to be taller but I hate high heels

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: France and Japan! and everywhere that has tasty food

ITCHING TO TRY: bungee jumping!!!

Yu Omori

Yu Omori

Visiting Scholar

VISITING SCHOLAR

E-MAIL: yuomori@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

EDUCATION:

  • 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

Marissa Kuzirian

Marissa Kuzirian

Former Post Doc

Former Post Doc

E-MAIL: mkuzirian@plsg.com

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Slow technology

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Italy

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Synsepalum dulcificum (miracle berry)

 

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Marissa is now the Investment Manager at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse


Former Undergrad Students:

Carlisle Turner

Carlisle Turner

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: crt43@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Slow walkers and American cheese

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Netherlands

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Sky diving

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Carlisle is a current senior studying civil engineer with a concentration in transportation engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Expected graduation is 2020.

Nathan Schuerman

Nathan Schuerman

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: njs59@pitt.edu

PHONE: 724-396-2399

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: People who don’t 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

Precious Jackson

Precious Jackson

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-Mail: pnj4@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Spiders

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Maldives

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Skydiving

Brittany Humensky

Brittany Humensky

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: beh52@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

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

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: smb202@pitt.edu

PHONE: 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

Stephanie Fulton

Stephanie Fulton

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: saf78@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

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

Zeyu Hu

Zeyu Hu

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: zeyuh@andrew.cmu.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: why there are never enough hours in the day and 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

Michael Lee

Michael Lee

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: rosslab@pitt.edu

PHONE: 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: skydiving, paragliding, and water-skiing

Luiza Arieta Frota de Souza

Luiza Arieta Frota de Souza

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: lua5@pitt.edu

PHONE: 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, England, Ireland, Holland, and Greece

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

 

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH:  Luiza is attending the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dentistry

Dylan Burbee

Dylan Burbee

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: dlb77@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: People who run or bike on busy sidewalks

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Norway to see the Fjords

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Skydiving

Erica Kundrick

Erica Kundrick

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: erk40@pitt.edu

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

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

Chris Fan

Chris Fan

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

E-MAIL: chrisfan52@gmail.com

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Street preachers who attack you on the street with flyers and 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

 

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Chris is currently in the Master of Biology Sciences program at The Commonwealth Medical College

Eric Burrage

Eric Burrage

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Bad drivers and traffic

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Scandinavia

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Golfing

 

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Chris had worked as a web development intern for the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Gregory Hemenway

Gregory Hemenway

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: City parking and chicken/egg salad

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: I want to ski the world, Whistler, the Alps, so everywhere there is snow

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Riding an ATV and fly fishing

 

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

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Gregory had applied to medical school

Damian DiCostanzo

Damian DiCostanzo

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

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

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Skydiving and backpacking through Europe

 

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

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Damian was planning on going to dental school

Andrzej Dubiel

Andrzej Dubiel

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: egocentrism

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: Fiji

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Skydiving

 

CONTRIBUTION TO TEAM ITCH: I designed the original Ross Lab website as well as making some of the figures that you can see in some of the Ross Lab publications

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Andrzej works for Yellow Bridge Interactive now

Cassie Nelson

Cassie Nelson

Former Undergrad Student

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

PHONE: 412-648-8182

 

THINGS THAT ITCH ME: Smelly people in small rooms and the Philadelphia Flyers

ITCHY-FOOT DESTINATION: New Zealand to do things like rafting and bungee jumping

ITCHIN’ TO TRY: Skydiving and traveling to new places

 

SCRATCHIN’ AN ITCH: Cassie is currently studying medicine at LECOM in Bradenton, FL