Juan J. Ápiz Saab

About me: Got my BSA in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and I’m now pursuing a PhD in Cancer Biology.

Science interests: How the extra cellular micro-environment and cell-cell interactions affect tumor cell metabolism and survival.

Contact: japizsaab [] uchicago.edu

Chufan Cai

About me: Hi everyone! Originally from Hefei China, and spent two years at China Agricultural University and two years at Purdue University. Currently, I am a second year graduate student from CCB!

Science interests: PDAC tumor; whether and which metabolite(s) in TME cause immunosuppression to T cells; Stress response: whether ATF4 is important for cancer growth

Colin Sheehan

About me: Born in the Chicago suburbs & received my BS in biological sciences from Notre Dame. Currently, I’m a graduate student with the committee on cancer biology. In my free time, you’ll catch me running up & down the Chicago lakefront trail!


Science interests: I am most interested in understanding how solid tumor cells solve bioenergetic & other metabolic problems, created by stressors inherent in the tumor microenvironment. I’m also fascinated by intercellular communication, and how different cell types coordinate to support cancer cell proliferation.

 
Contact: csheehan3 [] uchicago.edu

Patrick Jonker

Hey team! I’m a PhD student in the CCB, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I did my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Calvin College (now it’s a University… but I refuse to adapt). In my free time I like to play the cello and guitar, listen to music, read (a little!), run (less than Colin!), and spend time in nature. Some fun facts about me: I love dogs and cats equally; I have read Harry Potter three times (I’m a proud Hufflepuff); my cat’s name is Soup.

Science interests: I’m interested in the way immune populations are affected by tumor microenvironmental nutrient stress. I’m particularly interested in tumor associated macrophages in pancreatic cancer. What causes macrophages to trend towards helping cancer cells in the tumor microenvironment rather than killing them? I’m otherwise interested in how the various cell types in the tumor microenvironment talk to each other. How do they each support each other’s proliferation and survival?

 
Contact: pbjonker [] uchicago.edu

Alex Muir, PhD

About me: Hey there! Originally from Arizona, completed my graduate work at UC Berkeley and postdoctoral training at MIT.

Science interests: All the projects in the lab. Also, the vault. What does it do?

Contact: amuir [] uchicago.edu

Former Lab Members:
* Lindsey Dzierozynski (Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins)
* James Martin (Scientist, Evozyne)
* Moses Oh (Postbaccalaureate Fellow, Rockefeller University)
* Riona Chen
* Hannah Fretzin
* Zhou Zhu (Medical Student, Peking Union Medical College)