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Meelad M. Dawlaty, PhD

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics

Associate Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology
Member, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research


  • B.A. Biology and Chemistry Concordia College, Moorhead MN, USA 2000-2003

  • Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences Cancer Biology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA               (Advisor: Prof. Jan van Deursen, PhD) 2004-2008

  • Postdoctoral Training: Epigenetics of stem cells & development, Whitehead Institute/MIT Cambridge, MA, USA (Mentor: Prof. Rudolf Jaenisch, MD) 2009-2014


  • Molecular Genetics (Fall), Gene Expression (Winter), Stem Cells Development & Disease (Spring)

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Hrutvik Bhavsar, B.Sc.

Technician/Lab Manager


  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, City College of New York (CUNY), NY, USA

About Vik: 

Vik joined the lab in October 2022 after completing his Bachelors degree at the City College of New York (CUNY) and interning in biochemistry labs at CUNY. He oversees the daily lab maintenance as well as mouse colony genotyping and management. 

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We are actively recruiting a bioinformatics analyst with expertise in NGS data analysis. Please see the links below to apply or send your application to

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We are actively recruiting postdoctoral fellows to study epigenetic regulation of embryonic stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, development and cancer. Candidates with expertise in epigenetics, bioinformatics and mouse genetics are highly desired. Interested applicants can send their CV to

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Julio Flores, BSc

M.D.Ph.D. Graduate Student


  • B.Sc. Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California Merced School of Natural Sciences, CA, USA

  • M.D. & Ph.D. Dual Degree In Progress, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA

About Julio:

Julio joined the lab for his Ph.D. thesis work in August 2019. He has been part of MARC-U*START and UPSTaRT programs and the recipient of several awards as an undergraduate student. He worked as a research specialist at UCSF before joining Einstein M.D.Ph.D. Program in 2017. He is interested in investigating how the enzymatic and non-enzymatic functions of Tet enzymes regulate stem cell identity and plasticity, and their implications in development and cancer.


Harmony Ketchum, BSc

Ph.D. Graduate Student


  • B.Sc. Allied Health Science and Biology, Grand Valley State University, Michigan, USA

  • Ph.D. Degree In Progress, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA

About Harmony:

Harmony joined the lab for her Ph.D. thesis work in March 2020. She comes a with Bachelor degree in Health Science & Biology followed by two years of research experience as a technologist at Einstein where she studied the role of Colony Stimulating Factor 1 Receptor (CSF-R) in macrophage and microglia biology using mouse models. She is interested in understanding how DNA methylation and demethylation dynamics are regulated by Tet enzymes during stem cell differentiation and embryogenesis.  


Ian MacArthur, BA

M.D.Ph.D. Graduate Student


  • B.A. Biology Columbia University, New York, NY, USA 

  • M.D. & Ph.D. Dual Degree In Progress, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA

About Ian:

Ian joined the lab for his Ph.D. thesis work in August 2020. He has worked as a technologist at the Molecular Pharmacology Program in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and as a research associate at Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology at Charite-Universitatsmedizin in Berlin Germany before joining the Einstein M.D. Ph.D. program in 2018. He is interested in studying how Tet enzymes and the DNA base 5hmC regulate neural development and human developmental disorders.


Blake Ebert, BSc

M.D.Ph.D. Graduate Student


  • B.Sc Cellular and Molecular Biology Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, USA 

  • M.Sc. Human Nutrition and Biochemistry, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA 

  • M.D. & Ph.D. Dual Degree In Progress, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA

About Ian:

Blake joined the lab for his Ph.D. thesis work in September 2021. He comes with a bachelors degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a Masters degree  in Human Nutrition and Biochemistry. He joined the Einstein M.D. Ph.D. program in 2019. He is interested in studying how Tet enzymes regulate DNA oxidation and demethylation to influence gene expression programs in stem cells and during development

Rotation Students:

MD/PhD students:

Blake Ebert, (Summer 2020)

Alexandra Schurer, (Summer 2020)

Eric Sosa, (Summer 2019)

Julio Flores, (Summer 2019)

Ian MacArthur, (Summer 2019)

Jessie Valencia, (Summer 2018)


PhD students:

Brendan Mullaley, (Block II 2022-2023)

Gloria Stoyanova, (Block II 2021-2022)

Melissa Castiglione, (Block III 2020-2021)

Rebecca Sereda, (Block II 2020-2021)

Anastasia Nizhnik, (Block II 2019-2020)

Harmony Ketchum, (Block I 2019-2020)

Felix Liang, (Block III 2017-2018)

Blair Schneider, (Block II 2017-2018)
Helen Belalcazar, (Block III 2015-2016)

Undergraduate Interns:

Christopher Hunter, Summer 2019 (Senior, University of New Mexico, NM)

Jessica Chung, Summer 2016 (Senior, Smith College, Northampton, MA)
Benjamin Cattau, Summer 2016 (Junior, Haverford College, Haverford, PA)
Desiree Williams, Fall 2015 (Senior, John Jay College, New York City, NY)
Omer Naseer, Summer 2015 (Junior, Queens College of CUNY, Flushing, NY)


Nick Cheng-Yen Huang, BA (Technician/Lab Manager: 2020-2022)

Stephanie Chrysanthou, PhD (Postdoc: 2017-2022)

Liyang Ma, PhD (Postdoc: 2017-2022)

Antoine Abou Jaoude, PhD (Postdoc: 2019-2021)

Qin Tang, PhD (Postdoc: 2018-2021)

Kaitlin Haines, MD (Fellow: 2020-2021)

Mirunalini Ravichandran, PhD, (Postdoc: 2017-2019)

Joune Lee, BA (Study Coordinator/Lab Manager: 2017-2020)

Run Lei, PhD, (Postdoc: 2015-2017)

Katherine Howgego, MBCHB, (Fellow: 2015-2016)


Deyou Zheng, PhD (Professor of Genetics and Neurology, Einstein)
Keisuke Ito, MD PhD (Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine, Einstein)

Masako Suzuki, PhD (Assistant Professor of Genetics, Einstein)

Cristina Montagna, PhD (Associate Professor of Genetics and Pathology, Einstein)

Amit Verma, MD (Professor of Medicine and Developmental Biology, Einstein)

Anirban Maitra, MD (Professor of Pathology, MD Anderson  Cancer Center)

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