Current Lab Members

PI or Laboratory Head: Hameeda Sultana, PhD
Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Center for Molecular Medicine, Department of Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, VA, USA

Visiting Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVA), Charlottesville, VA, USA

Ph.D. Medical Biochemistry (2001-2004), Cologne, Germany

Postdoctoral Associate (2005-2012), Yale University School of Medicine/HHMI, New Haven, CT, USA

Dr. Ellango Ramasamy
Postdoctoral Associate
(Co-Advisor with Dr. Girish Neelakanta)

Wenshuo Zhou
PhD Graduate Student
(Shared with Dr. Girish Neelakanta)

Shovan Dutta
PhD Graduate Student

Jeremy Turck
MS Graduate Student

Ashish Vora
PhD Graduate Student

Darrell Boyce
MS Graduate Student

Daniel Tiznado
Undergraduate Student Researcher

Anthony Le (Honor's Thesis Student)
Undergraduate Student Researcher
(Co-Advisor Dr. Girish Neelakanta)

Former Lab Members (Lab Alumni)(Postdoc/Graduates/Technicians)

Dr. Amrita Dasgupta
Postdoctoral fellow (shared volunteer researcher) (2013-2014)
PhD in organic Chemistry/Biochemistry

Currently postdoc in Dr. Meena Katdare's Lab, Hampton University, VA

Chelsea Edelbute
MS Graduate Student (Co-Advisor with Dr. Richard Heller)(2013-2015)
Graduated in Spring 2015

Currently working as research assistant in Dr. Heller Laboratory

Amanda Smith
MS Graduate Student (Shared student with Dr. Neelakanta)(2012-2015)
Graduated in Summer 2015

Currently Veterinary MEdicine Student, University of Maryland

Namrata Ben Patel
MS Graduate Student (2015-2017)​
Graduated in Spring 2017 (MS Non-thesis)

Unnati Patel
Research Assistant (Lab Technician)(2013-2015)

Former Lab Members (Undergraduate Researchers)​

Diana Bohannon
Undergraduate Researcher (Fall2016-Spring 2017); Honor thesis student (Biol497W)

Currently pursuing doctoral degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)

Simone Odom
Undergraduate Researcher (2014-2017)

Currently, senior BS student in Biology Department, ODU

Chelsea Herbert
Undergraduate Researcher (2014-2015)

Currently pursuing medical degree at Georgetown University

Melissa Mondo
Undergraduate Researcher (2013-2014); Honor thesis student (Biol487/488W)

Currently pursuing Veterinary Doctorate degree at Caribbean University

Layla Sawan
Undergraduate Researcher (2013-)

Currently pursuing Pharmacology doctorate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)​

Former Lab Members (Lab Alumni)

Summer Undergraduate Researchers (2013-2015)

Kendrick Lee, Virginia Common Wealth (Summer 2017)​

Currently, pursuing Dental degree at Florida University​

Zoheb Syed, College of William & Mary (Summer 2014)

Currently pursuing Medical Degree at Caribbean University

Aziz Hamdoun, Old Dominion University, Department of Biological Sciences (Summer 2014)

Ajay Trivedi, University of Virginia (UVA), Department of Biology (Summer 2015)

Currently, BS Undergraduate Student at UVA

Zayba Syed, Virginia Tech, Department of Nutrition (Summer 2015)

Currently, BS Undergraduate Student at Virginia Tech