Current Lab Members

Teresita Padilla-Benavides, PhD Principal Investigator. Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Past positions:
2020. Research Assistant Professor. University of Massachusetts Medical School. Worcester, MA.
2018. Instructor. University of Massachusetts Medical School. Worcester, MA.
2017. Adjunct Professor. Mount Ida College. Newton, MA.
2016. Postdoctoral fellow. University of Massachusetts Medical School. Worcester, MA.
2014. Postdoctoral fellow. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.
2010. Graduate student. Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional. Mexico City, Mexico.
2003-2010. Adjunct Professor Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico.
2004. BSc. Biology. Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologicas. Instituto Politecnico Nacional. Mexico City, Mexico.
Email: tpadillabena@wesleyan.edu|

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Graduate Students MB&B

May

M.Sc. May T. Maung
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Past positions:
2019. Research scholar. University of Connecticut, CT
2019. Master in Science in Biomedical Engineering. Center for Integrative Materials Discovery, University of New Haven, West New Haven, CT
2018. Biomedical Engineer. Molecular Diagnostics LLC
2015. Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. University of Medicine 1, Yangon. Myanmar, Burma.
Awards:
2020 Registration Scholarship SACNAS
2018. Competitive grant from CT Next (Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem)
Email: mmaung@wesleyan.edu

Undergraduate Students MB&B

Julia

Julia Kan
Bachelor of Arts, Double major in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Art Studio (Concentration in Drawing). Class of 2022
Concertmaster and Notably Sharp – Coed A Cappella at Wesleyan University Orchestra, Wesleyan University
House Manager, Asian/Asian-American (AAA) House
Past positions:
2019. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Wesleyan University.
2017. Intern. Camvi Technologies, Burlington, MA
Awards:
2020 Registration Scholarship SACNAS
Email: jkan@wesleyan.edu

Kexin

Kexin (Veronica) Zhang
Bachelor of Arts, Prospective Double Major: Biology and Economics, Prospective Minor: Data Analysis. Class of 2023
Editor Wesleyan Business Review, and Language Partner for Mandarin College of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University.
Past positions:
2019. Healthcare Simulation Center and Summer Premed Research TREK. Hartford Hospital, CT.
2016. Research Assistant. Thomas E. Starzl Organ Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. Awards: 2020 Registration Scholarship SACNAS
Email: kzhang@wesleyan.edu

Yaje Nshanji
Bachelor of Arts, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Major. Chemistry Minor. Class of 2022
Teaching Assistant. Undergraduate Intro Chemistry. Wesleyan University.
Communications and Media Officer/Intern. Kindred Health Mission Inc. Mount Vernon, NY.
Vice President, Wesleyan African Student Association. Wesleyan University.
Social Media Influencer. Wesleyan Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. Wesleyan University.
Past positions:
2020. Public Relations Office. Wesleyan African Student Association. Wesleyan University.
2019. Intern. Doctor Bijou Nfor Podiatry PC. Mount Vernon, NY.
2018. Volunteer Scholar, GWU Cancer Research Center. Washington, DC.
2017 Intern. Congressman Jose E. Serrano Congressional Office. Washington, DC.
Email: ynshanji@wesleyan.edu

Nick

Nick Carulli
Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Earth and Environmental Science. Class of 2022.
Athlete. Wesleyan Track and Field. Ranked top 6 at the 2019 Outdoor NESCAC T&F Championships in the 110 m hurdles. Wesleyan University.
Past positions:
2020. Intern. Pandion Therapeutics, Watertown, MA
2019. Camp Counselor. Southboro Extended Day Program, Southborough, MA
2017. Intern. Erdman Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Boston, MA
Email: ncarulli@wesleyan.edu

Hayley Lipson
Bachelor of Arts, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Major. Certificate: Jewish and Israel Studies. Class of 2021
Board Member. Chabad, Wesleyan University.
Member. Cardinals for Israel, Wesleyan University.
Intern in the Data Coordinating Center at the Department of Infectious Diseases at NJ Medical School.
Past positions:
Member of Varsity Softball, Wesleyan University.
2020 Intern. NAMI Mercer, Hamilton
2019. Intern. Division of Psychiatric Neuro-imaging, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2018. Camp Counselor. Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake, Verbank, NY 
2015. Scholar. Waksman Student Scholars Program, East Brunswick, NJ      
Email: hlipson@wesleyan.edu

Alyssa Carlson

Alyssa Carlson
Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Biology and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Minor in Chemistry. Class 2022
Past positions:
2018-2020. Undergraduate research assistant. Wesleyan University.
2019-2020. Wesleyan College of Integrative Sciences Summer Research Fellow
2019. Course assistant in Molecular Biology for Professor Olson and Professor Macqueen
2019. Peer tutor in Cell Biology for Professor Ruth Johnson.
2019. Founder of Allies for Diversity
2019. Cardinal Connections Mentor. Wesleyan University.
2019. Founder of Single Parent Family Support Group. Middletown Mutual Aid Collective, CT.
Email: alcarlson@wesleyan.edu

External trainees and visiting scholars

Monse

Dr. Monserrat Olea-Flores
Visiting Postdoctoral scholar from the University of Massachusetts Medical School
Email: Monserrat.OleaFlores@umassmed.edu
Past positions:
2020. PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Facultad Académica de Ciencias Químico Biológicas. Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero.
2017-2018. Adjunct Professor. Cell culture lecture and lab. Facultad Académica de Ciencias Químico Biológicas. Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero. Mexico
2015. MSc. Biomedical Sciences. Facultad Académica de Ciencias Químico Biológicas. Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero.
2015-2016 Laboratory Assistant. Laboratorio de Toxicología y Salud Ambiental. Facultad Académica de Ciencias Químico Biológicas. Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero. Mexico
2013. BSc. Biological chemistry and parasitology. Facultad Académica de Ciencias Químico Biológicas. Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero. Mexico.

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Miriam

M. Sc. Miriam Zuniga-Eulogio
PhD student at Universidad Autonoma de Guerrero
Past positions:
2015. MSc. Biomedical Sciences. Facultad Académica de Ciencias Químico Biológicas. Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero.
Email: miriamzuniga@uagro.mx
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