Lab Members

CURRENT MEMBERS

Staff Scientists

Barbara Muz, PhD | Senior Scientist and Lab Manager
Dr. Muz is investigating the biological mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis. Her main focus is to overcome hypoxia-mediated drug resistance and metastasis in multiple myeloma and other hematologic malignancies. She is working on a new method to detect minimal-residual disease in multiple myeloma based on a new set of biomarkers. In addition, she is testing novel drugs (including immunotherapies) in collaboration with biotech companies. Dr. Muz is also developing a theranostic approach to treat and image both hematologic malignancies and solid tumors, using a novel delivery system. Before joining Azab lab, she completed her M.Sc. in Biotechnology at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), and she worked in the Rheumatology Institute in Warsaw, Poland. In 2011, she was awarded her Ph.D. in Clinical Medicine at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Division, Imperial College London, UK, in which she studied different aspects of rheumatoid arthritis pathogenesis including inflammation, angiogenesis and hypoxia. Barbara (a.k.a. Basia) is passionate about dancing tango, salsa, and more recently West Coast Swing (WCS). With friends, she created a dance club in St. Louis with their own annual dance event. She travels, teaches and competes in WCS at the national level. She actively participates in variety of fundraisers. She loves outdoor activities, foreign cuisines, photography, and history.

Post Doctoral Fellows

 

PhD Candidates

Jennifer Sun, BS | PhD Candidate
Jennifer is a forth-year PhD student in the department of Biomedical Engineering, and is also a fellow for the WashU Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study. Her research focuses on the development of novel drug delivery strategies for cancer immunotherapy. She received her B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University where she worked on biodegradable hydrogels to reduce relapses after brain tumor resections. Jennifer comes from a multicultural background and calls both Beijing, China and Palatine, Illinois as home. In her spare time, Jennifer loves baking, playing badminton, and going on camping trips.

Kinan Alhallak, BS | PhD Candidate
Kinan is a fourth-year PhD student in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Currently, his research involves developing targeted nano-particles for treatment of cancer. Before joining WashU, He received his B.S in Biomedical Engineering from University of Arkansas where he worked on optical functional imaging for breast cancer. In his free time, Kinan enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and going on food adventures, and he is also passionate about mentoring.

Amanda Jeske, BS | PhD Candidate
Amanda is a second-year PhD student in the department of Biomedical Engineering and is co-mentored by Dr. David Curiel. She previously worked as a Senior Scientist at Cellatrix LLC and Visiting Scientist in the Azab Lab. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2016 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Amanda is a fan of science fiction, downhill skiing, and exploring outdoors.

 

PharmD Candidates

 

Master Students

Luna Zhang, BS | Master Student
Luna is currently a second-year master student in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on image contrast delivery for monitoring solid cancers. Before joining WashU, she earned her B.S in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in China Pharmaceutical University. In her free time, Luna enjoys reading, cooking, and drawing .

 

Anupama Melam, BS | Master Student
Anu is currently a second-year master student in the department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on targeted delivery of drugs to improve treatment outcomes for COVID-19. She completed her BS in Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St Louis in 2019 prior to which she was in Mumbai, India. Anu’s favorite activities outside of lab are baking, swimming and spending time with friends and family.

 

Undergraduate Students

Nicole Guenthner | Undergraduate Student
Nicole is currently a senior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Psychological & Brain Sciences. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a career in sarcoma research. Her current research focuses on utilizing a hypoxia-activated drug to improve the treatment of multiple myeloma. Outside of academics, Nicole enjoys playing soccer, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family.


Amanda Hinger | Undergraduate Student
Amanda is currently a senior majoring in Biochemistry.

 

 

 

Jesse Yavner | Undergraduate Student
Jesse is currently a senior majoring in Global Health & the Environment and minoring in Biology. She is interested in oncology and enjoys furthering her learning experience in the lab. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career as a doctor. In her free time, Jesse enjoys trying new foods and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Ola Adebayo | Undergraduate Student
Ola Adebayo is currently a junior 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 a first-year undergraduate student 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.

 

Visiting Scientists

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.

 

PAST MEMBERS

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 currenlty the Chief Resident at the Department of Pathology at Albany Medical Center.

 

PhD Graduates

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) | Currently an ORISE Fellow on GDUFA Research Track at US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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)

Undergraduate Students

Kate Wasden, BS (2018-2020) | Currently taking a gap year before medical school.

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

Shruti Shah, BS (2016-2019) | Currenlty 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)

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

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)

Amanda Jeske (BSc, 2016-2018)

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)