Lab Members

Gianni Carraro, PhD
Project Scientist

The research of Gianni Carraro, PhD, focuses on the study of lung progenitor cells in homeostatic conditions and external cues leading to disruption of normal phenotype and pathological conditions. Currently, he uses single-cell RNA-sequencing to define single-cell transcriptomes of the epithelium and mesenchyme in patients with cystic fibrosis and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He is also developing new methodologies for the differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells into lung progenitors that could potentially be used for cell-based therapy.

Changfu Yao, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

After completing his bachelor's degree at Nankai University, China, Changfu Yao, PhD, joined the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology program at Iowa State University. His doctoral work in the laboratory of Jorgen Johansen, PhD, and Kristen Johansen, PhD, centered on spindle matrix regulation of spindle machinery assembly during mitosis, as well as, how histone modification regulates gene transcription initiation in Drosophila. In 2014, Yao began his postdoctoral training in the Stripp Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai focusing on epigenetic regulation of lung development and disease (including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer), in addition to, transcriptomic profiling (single cell) of these lung diseases.

Apoorva Mulay, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Apoorva Mulay, PhD, completed her doctorate in medicine (immunology) at the University of Sheffield and the Medical Research Council, United Kingdom and her a bachelor's degree in biotechnology from India. To further extend her interests in translational research in pulmonary diseases, she joined the Stripp Laboratory in August 2017. She is working on developing novel cell-based techniques for lung engraftment.

Juanjuan Zhao, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist
Andrew Beppu
Graduate Student
Xiangrong Guan
Research Associate
Matthew Kostelny
Research Associate
Martin Petrov
Research Associate

Martin Petrov graduated from University of California (UC), Irvine with a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering. At UC, Irvine, he also worked in the lab of David Gardiner, PhD, in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology. Currently in the Stripp Lab, his projects include differentiation of stem cells into lung progenitors, CRISPR gene editing and organ-on-a-chip.

Bindu Konda
Research Associate

Bindu Konda began working in the Stripp Lab in 2015 and has been at Cedars-Sinai since 2004. Her areas of focus include cell biology, human anatomy and microbiology.

Stephen Beil
Research Associate, Lab Manager

Stephen Beil is an alumnus of the University of Southern California (USC) and previously worked in the Department of Pathology and the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. In addition to managing all areas of the Stripp Lab, he provides technical expertise to multiple human and animal projects.

Colin Koziol
Graduate Student

Colin Koziol received his bachelor of science in microbiology/medical technology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he conducted research on the molecular mechanisms governing the pathogenesis and virulence of coronaviruses. He proceeded to work in the Donald B. Kohn, MD, gene therapy laboratory at UCLA where he helped develop novel therapeutic lentiviral vectors for use in sickle cell disease. Koziol joined the PhD program at Cedars-Sinai in fall 2017 and will conduct his graduate training in the Stripp Laboratory studying lung development and disease.

Youstina Makary
Research Intern, CSULB-CIRM Stem Cell Program

Youstina Makary graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in molecular cell biology and physiology. She joined the Stripp Lab in July 2018 as a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) intern. Her project focuses on the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells into lung endoderm and the functional evaluation of lung epithelial progenitors in vivo following cellular transplantation into immunocompromised mice.

Guangzhu Zhang
Research Associate
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