Lab Members

Nan Hu, MS

Bioinformatics Technologist

2017-present

After obtaining an MS in Bioinformatics from Georgetown University, Nan joined Dr. Chakravarti’s lab as a Research Assistant. Her responsibilities include the management of the next generation sequencing data and the development of an analysis pipeline. She is interested in using genomic data to understand the biological mechanism of human disease.

George, Maiti, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist

2016-present

George obtained his doctorate degree from University of Calcutta, India in 2014. His Ph.D. work involved understanding the role of Wnt5a signaling in macrophage functions. He joined Dr. Chakravarti’s lab at Johns Hopkins University to study the role of small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs) in TLR4/TLR9 responses in macrophages and dendritic cells during ocular infection. He relocated with her group to NYU Langone Health to continue working on these projects.

Maithê Rocha Monteiro de Barros, DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

2021-present

Maithê completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom, where she studied the transcriptomic mechanisms and gene expression regulation in equine endometritis, a chronic uterine inflammation. She joined Dr. Shukti Chakravarti’s Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in April 2021. Her research interests include tissue and cell culture models, genetics and gene regulation, bioinformatics and data analysis. She is currently investigating the genetic mechanisms and biological pathways that lead to the pathogenesis of Keratoconus, a degenerative corneal disease. She focuses on the role of oxidative stress and specific candidate genes in the cornea and in Keratoconus using mouse as a model system, human cell culture and human samples such as blood and tear fluid.

Madison Glowacki, B.A in Biology

Associate Lab Technician

2022-present

Madison completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Alfred University, graduating in the class of 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Minor in Psychology. She joined Dr. Shukti Chakravarti’s Lab as a Lab Manager in August 2022. She is a member of the lab studying Keratoconus, a degenerative corneal disease.

Sean Ashworth, MS, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Sean completed his BSc in Biochemistry, followed by an MSc in Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Southampton, in the UK. He then obtained his PhD in Vision Science from Cardiff University, where he investigated the effect of endogenous extracellular matrix proteins on the differentiation of corneal epithelial cells and other ocular cell lineages from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). His research interests include pluripotent stem cell modelling of development and disease, connective tissue biology and pathology, as well as molecular biology and cell and organoid culture. Sean joined Dr. Shukti Chakravarti’s lab in 2022 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where he will primarily be investigating the impact of novel, potentially pathogenic mutations in the development of the cornea and keratoconus, using patient-specific, iPSC-derived corneal organoids.

Hailey Martinez, B.S in Biology

Associate Lab Technician

2022-present

Hailey completed her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology at the Collage of Mount Saint Vincent. She joined Dr. Shukti Chakravarti’s Lab as an Associate Research Technician in August 2022. She is a member of a Team studying Keratoconus, a degenerative corneal disease. Her research interests include genetics and data analysis. Her ultimate goal is being an integral part in making discoveries that improve lives.

Tansol Choi, B.S in Biochemistry

2022-present

Tansol Completed his Bachelor’s degree in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating class of 2021. He holds a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and is currently pursuing his Master’s at New York University. He joined Dr. Chakravarti’s lab in June 2022 . He focuses on studying novel synthetic peptides that inhibit LPS-mediated TLR4 response.