Adam KwiatkowskiPrincipal Investigator
Chelsea MerkelGraduate Student
Chelsea is a 4th year Ph.D. student in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology. She joined the Kwiatkowski lab in April of 2014 after receiving her BS in Biochemistry from Eastern University. Aside from lab work, Chelsea is a teaching assistant in the School of Medicine for first and second year medical students and serves at the Chief Human Resources Officer for a local non-profit graduate student consulting organization. She has big plans to work for NASA with the hopes of going to space.
Jon HeierGraduate Student
Jon is a Ph.D. student in the Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology program. He joined the lab in March of 2016. Jon hails from Wisconsin. When not in lab, he enjoys ice fishing, cheese curds and the Green Bay Packers. He aspires to own a hunting lodge.
Yang LiVisiting Research Associate
Yang received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. Yang did postdoctoral research with Lei Yang in the Department of Developmental Biology at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the Kwiatkowski lab in October of 2016. In addition to pursuing science, he enjoys practicing and teaching Chen-style Tai Chi. He tries to make this ancient art more comprehensible and less impalpable. He also likes writing poems.
Qanber RazaPostdoctoral Scholar
Qanber received a Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He moved to the US and joined the Kwiatkowski lab in December 2016. In the future, Qanber hopes to have his own lab where he will study heart development in both invertebrate and mammalian models. Apart from science, he likes outdoor activities such as biking and running as well as playing the guitar and drums. In addition, Qanber is a certified soccer coach and highly enjoys playing competitive soccer.
Ian DaleLaboratory Technician
lan has been with the Kwiatkowski lab since September 2012. During his time as a student researcher, Ian was awarded multiple University of Pittsburgh Honors College Breckenridge Research Fellowships and Dietrich School of Arts and Science Research Awards. In April 2015 Ian graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Biology. Currently he is the laboratory technician and plans to attend medical school in the future.
Roisin O’DowdUndergraduate Student
Roisin is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh and joined the Kwiatkowski Lab in January 2015. She intends to major in Molecular Biology and also studies homeland security through the Pitt NPHS-STEM program. Her future plans include attending medical or graduate school and she hopes to one day work for NASA.