Lab Members

Sheyn Lab Members
Hyun W. Bae, MD
Principal Clinical Partner
Wafa Tawackoli, PhD
Assistant Professor, Technical Director of the Research Imaging Core Facility, Associate Director of Biomedical Imaging Graduate Program
Juliane Glaeser, PhD
Program Manager, Instructor of Research

Juliane Glaeser, PhD, is a cell and molecular biologist with an extensive background in musculoskeletal research. She has profound experience in project management, team supervision and scientific writing, as well as the design, implementation and optimization of in vitro and in vivo studies. Her research activities and interests focus on the reduction of inflammatory and catabolic processes in degenerative diseases and the stimulation of regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues by investigating small molecules, induced and adult stem cells, as well as biomaterials. In 2018, Glaeser and her colleagues received the Basic Science Research Paper Award of the Cervical Spine Research Society for her work on the potential of NF-kB inhibitors to promote bone fusion. Just recently, she took on a leadership role at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Orthobiologics Center, with the goal to launch a research program to improve the efficacy of orthobiologics for treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

Khosrowdad (Koz) Salehi, BS
Research Associate III and Laboratory Manager

Khosrowdad (Koz) Salehi has 16 years of laboratory experience in the field of molecular biology. He has extensive knowledge of the performance of preclinical studies and in vitro research, including bioreactor operations, performance of real-time polymerase chain reaction, electrophoresis and protein biochemistry. Furthermore, he is well versed in cell culture techniques with primary cells and cell lines and experienced in data analysis and supervision of lab staff.

Angeliki (Angela) Papalamprou, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Angeliki (Angela) Papalamprou, PhD, is a biomedical scientist with an extensive background in regenerative medicine, stem cells and tissue engineering research, including identification of cardiac stem/progenitor cells and hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in vitro and in vivo. During her doctoral studies, she developed a patented method for producing cardiac extracellular matrix scaffolds from rat hearts based on protein chemistry and cardiac molecular physiology principles, which was successfully repopulated with both human and mouse MSCs and implanted into a mouse model that was not immunocompromised. For her doctoral work, Papalamprou received the American Heart Association Women Scientist Advisors Predoctoral Fellowship and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Integrating Medicine into Basic Science Fellowship. She has experience in preclinical drug development at the Non-Translational Sciences Toxicology department at Allergan plc, working alongside the tissue materials sciences, ophthalmology and neuroscience groups, where she received an award for excellence for method development and advanced data analysis of preconcept studies.

Wensen Jiang, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Wensen Jiang, PhD, is a biomaterials scientist with extensive experience in biomaterials and cell-materials interactions for various biomedical, pharmaceutical and translational applications. In his earlier research, Jiang demonstrated various efficient approaches to enhance the regenerative potential of bioresorbable materials. Such strategies include using novel compositional designs, surface modifications and nanofabrications to reduce the toxicity of biomaterials and improve cell-materials interactions. His recent work mainly investigates biomaterials-enabled minimally invasive cell therapies for tissue regenerations. His applied research at the intersection of materials science and biomedicine aim to accelerate the clinical translations of biomaterials-based new treatments in minimally invasive and patient-specific cell therapies and regenerative medicine. Jiang has also continuously encouraged younger students to engage in science. He mentored eight undergraduate students and one master’s student so far. His mentorship of young scientists was sponsored by the NSF MacREU program and Department of Education Summer Bridge program.

Linda (Lea) Kanim, MA
Statistician and Research Specialist

Linda "Lea" Kanim is a statistician with more than 25 years of research experience in translational and clinical trial studies for spinal tissue engineering. She has a strong expertise in designing and performing various spinal surgical procedures in animal models that mimic those performed in human surgery. These models are used to further investigate healing after fusion and fracture repair, and to study demineralized bone matrix-based grafting materials, cell-based grafting, biomaterials and molecules for tissue engineering of disc and bone cell biology.

Phillip Behrens, MD
Orthopaedic Resident, PGY-5

Phillip Behrens IV, MD, is a fifth-year resident in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai. He is actively pursuing a career in spine surgery and translational research. As a high school senior, Behrens was one of six students accepted to an eight-year combined bachelor's and medical degree program at Indiana University School of Medicine. In college, he was awarded the President's Medal, the highest award given to a graduating senior. He is also a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. His research experience involves both basic science and clinical research at Vanderbilt University, Indiana University and the University of Illinois. Behrens' research interest is aimed at improving functional outcomes for patients affected by spinal pathology. In 2018, he received the Basic Science Research Paper Award of the Cervical Spine Research Society. Currently, Behrens is involved in the Sheyn Laboratory project to improve treatments of cranial defects.

Stephen R. Stephan, MD
Orthopaedic Resident, PGY-4

Stephen Stephan, MD, is a fourth-year orthopaedic surgery resident at Cedars-Sinai. He is a native of San Diego, California and obtained a graduate degree in biology with emphasis in biochemistry from San Diego State University. Stephan then did a year of research at the University of Pennsylvania and another year at the University of California, San Francisco, focusing on cardiology and diabetes. He is passionate about pursuing translational research and clinical research, focusing on the spine and degeneration. Currently, he is involved in multiple projects in the Sheyn Laboratory focusing on intervertebral disc degeneration. Stephan will be applying into a fellowship in spine surgery this upcoming year.

Christopher Johnson, MD
Orthopaedic Resident, PGY-4

Christopher Johnson, MD, is a fourth-year orthopaedic surgery resident at Cedars-Sinai. He was raised in Denver, Colorado and obtained his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Colorado. He completed his degree in medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Johnson is interested in both basic and clinical science projects as they relate to the pathophysiology of spine disease. Currently, he is involved in multiple projects in the Sheyn Lab focusing on intervertebral disc degeneration as well as medical imaging. Johnson will be applying into a fellowship in spine surgery this upcoming year.

Evan D. Nigh, MD
Orthopaedic Resident, PGY-2

Evan Nigh, MD, is a second-year orthopaedic surgery resident at Cedars-Sinai. He was raised in Billings, Montana, and obtained his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Claremont McKenna College where his senior thesis investigated gene therapies against HIV. During medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Nigh joined the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute and studied the effect of stem cells on ischemic cardiac disease. He is interested in translational research in regenerative medicine and reconstructive orthopaedic surgery. Nigh is currently involved in basic science projects in the Sheyn Laboratory focused on effective bone regeneration using stem cells.

Julie L. Chan, MD, PhD
Neurosurgery Resident, PGY-5

Julie L. Chan, MD, PhD, is a fifth-year resident in the Neurosurgery Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai. She received her bachelor of science in neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, where she worked under Frank M. LaFerla, PhD, studying the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disease as an undergraduate and research technician. She completed her combined degree at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Under the direction of Linda L. Phillips, PhD, Chan successfully translated a model of traumatic brain injury (TBI) to transgenic mice in support of her thesis investigating the neuroplasticity of MMPs and cytokines following TBI. Chan is proficient in multiple molecular techniques, confocal microscopy, in vivo rodent models and behavioral analysis. Following residency, she intends to enter a PGY-8 spine fellowship and a career in academic neurosurgery to pursue spine outcomes research. Chan is currently determining the molecular players that influence low back pain and is interested in translating stem cell treatments into in vivo models.

Xianchao Bao
Visiting Graduate Student

Xianchao Bao is a third-year student in the medical degree/doctorate program at West China Hospital. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in clinical medicine from West China School of Medicine. Previously, Bao did research on the role and mechanism of autophagy, especially gene/protein expression in the development of osteoarthritis. He is currently involved in the osteoarthritis-related projects of the Sheyn Lab. Bao is passionate about translational medicine and research that in the future could be applied to the orthopaedic field.

Giselle Kaneda, BS
Research Associate I

Giselle Kaneda received her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in biology at Occidental College. As a former member of both the Junior and Senior United States National Karate Team, she represented the U.S. at multiple world and continental championships and was ranked 24th in the world in her division. During her time as an athlete, she developed an interest in the application of regenerative and stem cell therapies as a treatment for sports injuries. Since retiring from competition, she worked on an assortment of projects ranging from the use of amniotic allograph to treat arthritis pain to developing an alternate therapy for Parkinson’s disease using a rat model. Kaneda is currently assisting in multiple projects in Sheyn Labs in cell culture, platelet rich plasma analysis, differentiation assay and rat handling. In the future, she plans on pursuing a doctorate in regenerative medicine and translational medicine with a focus on stem cell therapies.

Victoria Yu
Research Intern

Victoria Yu is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University in the biomedical engineering program with a translational cell and tissue engineering focus. In the Sheyn Lab, Yu is assisting in tendon tissue engineering in vitro projects with molecular biology techniques and cell culture. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering in the future.

Angel Chen
Research Intern

Angel Chen is a fourth-year undergraduate psychobiology student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently assisting the Sheyn Lab with cell culture and nucleofections while learning more about translational research regarding stem cell therapies. Chen is passionate about the employment of induced pluripotent stem cells for bone and soft tissue regeneration and striving to pursue a career in medicine.


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