Kourtidis Lab Team

Joyce Nair-Menon

Joyce Nair-Menon, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager
Research Specialist III

During my post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, I investigated the molecular immunological aspects of rejection in Xeno transplantation. As a Research Associate at USC Columbia, I studied the effects of alkylphenols and polychlorinated biphenyls on immune function and reproductive capacity. I also worked on the effects of vitreous on the epithelial to mesenchymal like transformation of retinal epithelial cells leading to proliferative vitreoretinopathy, a major cause of vision loss in developed countries. More recently at MUSC, I was investigating how the malignant nature of lung cancer is driven by epithelial-mesenchymal transformation and cancer stem cells. My current work in the lab focuses on elucidating the role of adherens junctions in colon cancer progression.
Mary Catherine Bridges

Mary Catherine Bridges, M.Sc.
PhD Graduate Student

Following my undergraduate career at the University of Georgia, I obtained my Masters degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. For my Masters thesis, I cloned and characterized a novel fluorescent protein from the diseased tissues of a coral species. My background in Molecular Biology facilitated a transition into the biomedical research field. I worked for several years at MUSC in the Pathology Department studying the role of miRNAs in aging and reparative processes of the inner ear. As a Ph.D. student, I am continuing to pursue my interest in RNA biology and non-coding RNAs in the context of pro-tumorigenic transformation of epithelial cells.

Amanda Daulagala

Amanda Daulagala, B.S.
PhD Graduate Student

During my junior year of undergraduate studies, I studied the interaction between two bacteria in the gut microbiota of Drosophila melanogaster. In the senior year, I focused on biochemical studies and investigated Carbon Monoxide effects in redox state in cells. Since obtaining my Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, I worked in the department of Chemistry at the same university and studied the inhibition of Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase by Diabetic related plants. In addition, I investigated the effect of vacation on certain biomolecules. As a graduate student, I am focusing my studies on the role of the adherens junctions, miRNAs and the RNAi machinery in gastrointestinal diseases.

Lauren Rutledge

Lauren Rutledge
Summer Student

I grew up in a small town in southeast Tennessee and I attend college in a small town in central Kentucky (Centre College). These two atmospheres have greatly contrasted with my current situation as I've just completed a semester abroad in London. Academically, I am interested in genetics, biochemistry, and the like, but also interested in literature and questions of ethics and religion. Outside of academics I enjoy planning service projects, and I'm particularly interested in raising awareness of human trafficking. I like to read, watch TV sitcoms, and play soccer and volleyball. Based on my experiences in academic course labs, I am interested in conducting research as a career and I'm very excited to be working in this lab this summer and to gain experience on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer.

Past Lab Members

  • Megan Sheridan - Ph.D. Graduate Student, 1st Year rotation
  • Paul Hager - Summer Student

Lab Life

Last updated on 17-May-2018

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