Benjamin L. Prosser, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

bpros@upenn.edu


Research Interests:

Mechanobiology, heart muscle, live cell and super-resolution imaging, calcium signaling, the cytoskeleton.

Hobbies:

Father of two young kids and an ever-growing lab trying to fix heart AND brain disease. What are hobbies?

Education:

B.S. Wake Forest University; Honors in Biomechanics
Ph.D. University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Molecular Medicine
Post-doc - Lab of W.J. Lederer - UMD SOM

Hometown:

Baltimore, MD (more than just the home of "The Wire")


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Christina Yingxian Chen, Ph.D.


Post-doctoral Fellow

yingxc@mail.med.upenn.edu


Research Interests:

phenotyping mouse models, physiology, histology and cell biology, cardiomyocyte mechanics , post-translational regulation of microtubule cytoskeleton, confocal and super resolution imaging

Hobbies:

cooking, reading, indoor gardening, going to the beach, visiting museums to learn history and art

Education:

B.S. - Zhejiang University; Pharmacy
Ph.D. - The University of Hong Kong; Metabolism

Hometown:

Guangdong, China


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Emily Scarborough, Ph.D


Post-doctoral fellow

emily.scarborough@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


Research Interests:

single-molecule biophysics, microtubules and MAPs; mechanobiology

Hobbies:

craft beer, cooking, urban hikes, painting

Education:

B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. University of Washington

Hometown:

Pocatello, Idaho


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Matthew A. Caporizzo, Ph.D.


Post-Doctoral Fellow


Research Interests:

Materials science, biophysics, single-molecule techniques, force-spectroscopy, analytical modeling, in-vivo imaging.
Variable indentation rate viscoelastic analysis (VIVA)

Hobbies:

Home remodeling, small engine repair, gardening, outdoor adventure

Education:

Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering
University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Hometown:

Drexel Hill, PA

Julie Heffler


Ph.D Student

jheffler@mail.med.upenn.edu


Research Interests:

mechanobiology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry and cell biology

Hobbies:

Reading, playing video games, volunteering, and cross-stitching

Education:

University of Houston, B.S. in Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences, minor in Chemistry

Hometown:

Houston, TX

Meghana Iyer


Undergraduate

megiyer@seas.upenn.edu


Research Interests:

Cell mechanics, biophysics, bioengineering, regenerative medicine

Hobbies:

playing and listening to music, volunteering, cooking, writing

Education:

Candidate for B.S.E in Bioengineering, UPenn (Class of 2021)

Hometown:

Eden Prairie, MN


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Sai Phyo


M.D./Ph.D Candidate

sai.phyo@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


Research Interests:

genetics and epigenetics, chromatin architecture, nuclear mechanobiology

Hobbies:

Reading, music, meditation, golf, watching TV

Education:

B.S. (Hons) Biology with minors in Chemistry and Philosophy (St. John’s University, New York)

Hometown:

Yangon, Myanmar


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Alexander Salomon


Ph.D student

alex.k.salomon@gmail.com


Research Interests:

Mechanobiology, genetics, cellular trafficking, big data, cell biology and biochemistry

Hobbies:

CrossFit, trying new restaurants, going to concerts, and integrating “chill” and “rad” into the lexicon of everyone in the Prosser lab.

Education:

B.S. California State University, Long Beach; Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology

Hometown:

San Diego, CA

Keita Uchida, Ph.D.


Post-doctoral fellow

keita.uchida@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


Research Interests:

biophysics, cardiac cell biology, electrophysiology, membrane trafficking and remodeling

Hobbies:

running, cooking, gardening, video games, being a frustrated St. Louis Cardinals fan

Education:

B.A. Washington University in St. Louis; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Ph.D. University of Michigan; Physiology

Hometown:

Okayama, Japan / Harrodsburg, KY, USA


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Alexey Bogush, Ph.D.


Research Specialist

abogush@mail.med.upenn.edu


Research Interests:

Current: cfDNA and TLR9/ROS signal transduction pathway.
Former: Viruses as a delivery vectors; molecular mechanisms leading to impaired motor neurons physiology in ALS.

Hobbies:

Russian theatre and theatre history in the early 20th century (Vsevolod Meyerhold); interior design ideas, decoration and organization for home.

Education:

B.S., M.S., Moscow State University; Biochemistry, Virology
Ph.D. Russian Academy of Medical Sciences; Genetics

Hometown:

Moscow, Russia


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