Lab Members



Barbara Muz, PhD | Senior Scientist and Lab Manager
Dr. Barbara Muz (a.k.a. Basia) investigates biological mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, including basic and translational research focusing on the role of hypoxia on the cause-effect-relationships in tumorigenesis, with the emphasis on TME. Her goal is to re-direct cancer cell migration, reverse cancer cells de-differentiation and stemness, and sensitize cancer to therapies by specifically targeting cancer and/or TME.
Before joining Azab lab, Basia obtained M.Sc. in Biotechnology at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), and Ph.D. in Clinical Medicine at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Division, Imperial College London, UK, where she studied inflammatory and hypoxic responses in synovial fibroblasts isolated from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients.
Basia is passionate about dancing: West Coast Swing (WCS), tango and salsa. With friends, she created a dance club in St. Louis with their own annual dance event and competition. She actively participates in variety of fundraisers including Pedal the Cause, and is passionate about sustainability. She loves traveling, outdoor activities and foreign cuisines.

Post Doctoral Fellows


PhD Candidates


PharmD Candidates


Master Students

Mina Maksimos, BA Pharmacy | Master Student
Mina finished pharmacy college at Heliopolis University in Egypt. He continued working there as a teaching assistant for one year. Currently, Mina is a Microbiology & Immunology Master’s Student at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. In Azab Lab, his research focuses on formulating nanoparticles targeting Multiple Myeloma (MM) cancer cells in order to improve specificity and therapeutic efficacy and reduce side effects in MM mouse xenograft model. His big dream is to find a pan-cancer cure that can be safe and effective for all solid tumors and hematological malignancies. He is passionate about traveling, sports, playing guitar, and he loves teaching science.

Undergraduate Students

Ola Adebayo | Undergraduate Student
Ola Adebayo is currently a senior majoring in Global Health and Environment. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Master of Public Health prior to Medical School. Outside of academics, Ola enjoys listening to music, being outdoors, and spending time with friends.


Chaelee Park | Undergraduate Student
Chaelee is currently sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences and is a Moog Scholar in Biology and Chemistry. She is especially interested in biochemistry, cancer biology, and children’s studies. Her current research involves characterizing biomarkers in the TAM population of multiple myeloma patient bone marrow. Chaelee loves to play tennis, drink coffee, bake bread, and go on early morning hikes.

Hannah Bash | Undergraduate Student
Hannah is a senior majoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience and minoring in Biology and Spanish. She is interested in oncology research and love learning new lab skills. After graduation, she hopes to take a research year before attending medical school to pursue a career as a doctor. In her free time, Hannah enjoys walking, cooking, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.

Berit Lubben | Undergraduate Student
Berit is currently a junior studying Investigative and Medical Sciences with a minor in Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. After graduation, she hopes to spend a year working in research and traveling before starting medical school to become a pediatrician. Outside of school, Berit enjoys rock climbing, listening to music, and crocheting.


Yixuan (Angela) Chen | Undergraduate Student
Angela is currently a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Writing and Bioinformatics. She is interested in chemistry and oncology and plans to attend graduate school after graduation. She grew up in Beijing, China and loved to explore the city with her friends. In her free time, Angela enjoys watching whodunnit TV shows, painting in watercolor, and trying out restaurants/cafés in St. Louis.


Visiting Scientists

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Raquel Lopes, MS | Visting PhD student 
Raquel has a bachelor degree in Biology and completed her master thesis in Oncobiology in 2019. During that year, she was able to successfully shape the tumor microenvironment using a pre-clinical mouse model of breast cancer and boost the anti-tumor potential of myeloid cells using different and non-overlapping treatments. With that work, she won the Best Master Thesis Award at Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes. Currently, Raquel is a 2nd year PhD student in the Myeloma and Lymphoma group at Champalimaud Foundation where she is exploring the bone marrow niche in Multiple Myeloma to harness the anti-tumor properties of immune cells. On her free time, she likes to read, go to the gym and travel.

Feda Azab, BPharm | Visiting Scientist 
Feda is a Senior Scientist at Cellatrix LLC, and a Visiting Scientist in the Azab Lab. Before joining our Lab, Mrs. Azab worked as  a research assistant at the Department Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem between 2002 and 2003, focusing on organic synthesis of boron-compounds. She completed her Pharmacy studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2005, and worked as a community pharmacist between 2005 and 2007. Then, she worked for five years in the Lab of Prof. Irene Ghobrial at Dana Farber Cancer Institute-Harvard Medical School started as a Lab Technician and left it as a Leading Lab Tech, focusing on Multiple Myeloma research. Then she worked as a senior scientist and lab manager in the Azab Lab, Washington University in St. Louis (2012-2015). Feda likes drawing, reading novels (especially romantic ones), travelling and learning to prepare new dishes from different cuisines and learning about the cultures behind them.



Post Doc Associates

Cinzia Federico, PharmD, PhD (2016-2018)
Dr. Federico is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Novartis Switzerland working in Cell & Gene Therapy Pharmaceutical Development.



Pilar de la Puente, PhD (2012-2017)
Dr. de la Puente is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Surgery at University of South Dakota Sanforth School of Medicine, and Assistant Scientist in Cancer Biology and Immunotherapies at Sanford Research.
Check out de la Puente Lab for her research!


Ahmet Surucu, MD (2018-2019)
Dr. Surucu is currently a Pathology Resident in Indiana University School of Medicine.



Nassera Aouali, PhD (2018-2019)



Farideh Ordikhani, PhD (2015-2016)
Dr. Ordikhani is currently a post doctoral research fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Mustafa Arslan, MD (2015-2016)
Dr. Arslan is currently the Chief Resident at the Department of Pathology at Albany Medical Center.


PhD Graduates

Jennifer Sun (2017-2022)
Dr. Sun is currently a Senior Associate Scientist at Amgen.



Kinan Alhallak (2017-2021)
Dr. Alhallak is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.



Micah Luderer, MD/PhD (2013-2017)
Dr. Luderer is currently an Internal Medicine Resident at WashU Barnes Jewish Hospital.



PharmD Graduates

Joseph Kotsybar, PharmD (STLCOP) (2017-2020)

Matea Markovic, PharmD Candidate (STLCOP) (2018-2020)

Anas Abdelghafer, PharmD Candidate (STLCOP) (2018-2020)

Farrah Yuan, PharmD (STLCOP) (2016-2017) | Currently Clinical Pharmacy Fellow at Houston Methodist Hospital

Abbey Jin, PharmD (STLCOP) (2016-2017) | Currently a Pharmacy Intern at Walgreens

Ryan Soo Hoo, PharmD (STLCOP) (2015-2018) | Currently a Business Development Specialist at Curenta

Rachel Ghazarian, PharmD (STLCOP) (2015-2017)

Faith Slaton, PharmD (STLCOP) (2015)

Nancy Quan, Pharm D (STLCOP) (2014-2016)

Benjamin Minch, PharmD (STLCOP) (2013-2015)

Nicholas Potter, PharmD (STLCOP) (2012-2015)

Joseph Abraham, PharmD (STLCOP) (2012-2014)

Master Students

Zhe Wang, MS (2018)

Luna Zhang, MS (2019-2021) | Currently a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at University of Minnesota.

Anupama Melam, MS (2020-2021) | Currently a Research Assistant at Washington University in St Louis.

Undergraduate Students

Nicole Guenthner, BS (2018-2021) | Currently a PhD student at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Amanda Hinger, BS (2019-2021)

Jesse Yavner, BS (2020-2021) | Currently a Clinical Research Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Kate Wasden, BS (2018-2020) | Currently a medical (MD) student at Harvard Medical School.

Shannon Gurley, BS (2019-2020) | Currently a medical (MD) student at Rosalind Franklin University.

Shruti Shah, BS (2016-2019) | Currently a medical (MD) student at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Mensur Koso (STLCOP) (2017-2019)

Isabel Trenholm (2019-2020)

Katelyn Miyasaki, BS (2017-2019) | Currently a PhD student in Bioengineering at UC San Diego.

Joycelyn Botelho (SLU) (2018-2019)

Henna Bazai, BS (SLU) (2016-2018) | Currently a medical (MD) student at Saint Louis University.

Hubert Kusdono, BS (STLCOP) (2015-2017) | Currently a PharmD student at St Louis College of Pharmacy

Nadine Abdeljabbar (2016-2017)

Monica Ou (SLU) (2015-2016)

Priya Mohan (2013-2016)

Sunidi Singh (2013-2015)

Raymundo Marcelo (2012-2016)

Chizelle Rush (2012-2013)

Visiting Scientists and Students

Amanda Jeske (BSc, 2016-2021)

Ben Van Hoogstrate (BSc student, Westminster College, 2019)

Sarah Noble (PharmD student-STLCOP, 2019)

Stacy Clayton (PharmD student-STLCOP, 2018)

Amber Laurent (PharmD student-STLCOP, 2018)

Marion Geoffroy (BSc student-France, 2017)

Flora Haddadou (BSc student-France, 2017)

Karam Khateeb (University of Wisconsin, 2016)

Marissa Maciej (PhD, UK, 2016)

Anita Sekula (MSc. 2016)

Shahd Qassem (MSc student-Israel, 2014)

Fatma Betul Yildiz (MD Student-Turkey, 2014)

Feyza Askin (MD Student-Turkey, 2014)

Sumeyra Nur Gurler (MD Student-Turkey, 2014)

Omer Vural (MD –Turkey, 2013)

Osman Arif (MD –Turkey, 2013)

Mustafa Arslan (MD –Turkey, 2013)