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Our Team

A Collaborative & Diverse Group


Teresa Davoli

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Postdoc: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
PhD: The Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA

Teresa obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from The Rockefeller University working with Dr. Titia de Lange to study how telomere dysfunction promotes aneuploidy during tumorigenesis. During her postdoctoral training, she worked with Dr. Stephen Elledge using genomics approaches to understand the consequences of cancer aneuploidy for tumor formation and for therapy response in cancer patients. In May 2018, Teresa started her lab at the Institute for Systems Genetics at NYU School of Medicine in New York. Her lab uses functional genetics and computational approaches to study the causes and consequences of genomic instability in cancer. Teresa received the Weintraub Graduate Student award in 2013 and was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Scholar. In addition, she was a V Foundation Scholar and was also awarded the Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Award and the Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Award.


Joy Bianchi

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

From: Paris, France

Joy is interested in understanding the role of genomic instability, especially copy number alterations, in cancer immune evasion. Outside of the lab, she loves experiencing multiple food and cultures, and testing new restaurants. Joy is also constantly listening to music, she secretly hopes she will embrace a DJ career on the weekend.


Xin Zhao

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

From: Huzhou, China

Xin's research is primarily focused on why tissue specific aneuploidy pattern occur across different cancer types. He likes reading novels and watching food review shows during his free time.


Yufeng Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD: Institute of Health Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

From: Huanggang, China

Yufeng's research focuses on how chromosome instability in cancer contributes to suppressing cancer immunity. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, taking photographs, and traveling


Joey Mays

PhD Candidate, Cell Biology Program

BA: Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA

From: New Jersey, USA

Joey is interested in the role that aneuploidy plays in human placenta development and new technologies to detect aneuploidy. Between cell sorts, he reads sci-fi novels, explores NYC breweries, and bakes bread.


Pan Cheng

PhD Candidate, Cell Biology Program

MS: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

BS: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

From: Wuhan, China

While obtaining his Master's degree, Pan developed a novel optical method to control cellular calcium signaling, which inspirate new interest in molecular and cellular biology. Now he studies the consequences and weaknesses associated with random aneuploidy by integrating large-scale multiomics, genome-wide CRISPR screens, and isogenic cell models of aneuploidy.


Lizabeth Katsnelson

PhD Candidate, Cell Biology & Systems and Computational Biomedicine Programs

MS: NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
BS: Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

From: Staten Island, NY, USA

Lisa studies the consequences of aneuploidy on the cancer proteome using both cell biology and computational methods. When she's not troubleshooting her code, Lisa enjoys long walks with her dog and trying new restaurants in the city.


Aleah Goldberg

PhD Candidate, Cell Biology Program

BS: The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA

From: Austin, TX, USA

Aleah is interested in the mechanisms of chromosomal instability and the role of chromosome-specific aneuploidy in tumorigenesis. Outside of the lab, she enjoys seeing broadway shows and baking cookies for her fellow lab members.


Elaine Camacho-Hernandez

PhD Candidate, Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology Program

BS: University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, Puerto Rico

From: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Elaine is interested in cancer-specific aneuploidies and how they lead to cancer immune evasion in solid tumors. Outside of the lab, Elaine enjoys going to the movies and trying new food.


Sally Mei

Research Associate

BA: Hunter College, New York, NY, USA

From: New York, NY, USA

Before joining NYU Langone, Sally interned at MSKCC in a lab studying genes that regulate cell behaviors in organ development/regeneration and cancer in the cerebellum. Currently, she is gaining necessary research experience as she explores different aspects of research/medicine and continues to develop her scientific interests. Her goal is to understand the role of aneuploidy in tumor development in various cell types.


Angela Mermerian

Research Associate

BS: Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon

MS: Lebanese University and American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

From: Armenia and Lebanon

Angela is interested in studying the effect of genomic copy number alterations on the behavior of the cell and its mechanism of action at the molecular level.

(P.S. If you challenge her to “Friends” trivia, she will win. Valar Morghulis!)


Tanya Kosheleva

Research Associate 

BA: New York University, New York, NY, USA

From: New Jersey, USA

Tanya is interested in synthetic biology, specifically how we're able to use bacteria and yeast to "make things we want" and using microorganisms to model more complex processes/pathways. Outside of lab, Tanya is interested in learning about animation processes and art in general.


Chandana Prakash


Mario Rangel-Valenzuela


Nazario Bosco, Senior Scientist
Brianna Naizir, Research Associate
Hadi Omar Saleh, Research Associate

Somayeh Fani, Research Associate

Xuezhen Chen, Masters Student

Adam Johnson, Postdoc Fellow

Courtney Gionco, Reseach Associate

Dania Annuar, Research Associate

Ilan Pesselev, Research Associate


Kevin Haigis, Harvard Medical School
Neville Sanjana, New York Genome Center
Jef Boeke, NYU School of Medicine

David Fenyö, NYU School of Medicine

Liam Holt, NYU School of Medicine

Scott Lippman, UC San Diego

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