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Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) Student & Faculty Highlights

Christian Sell, PhD

Christian Sell, PhD (2021-2022)

Christian Sell, PhD was awarded an R01 grant for his project “The Novel Longevity Enhancing Pathways Regulated by mTOR.” Inhibitors of the mTOR pathway are among the most promising interventions to target age-related dysfunction. However, there is a critical need to further define the pro-longevity effects to facilitate clinical development of mTOR inhibitors. The overarching goal of this research program is to develop a mechanistic understanding of novel downstream targets of rapamycin, in order to facilitate safer and more effective strategies to promote healthy aging.
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Seena Ajit, PhD

Seena Ajit, PhD (2021-2022)

Dr. Ajit was awarded an R01 grant for her project “Small extracellular vesicles mediated signaling and pain.” The studies outlined in this proposal were based on findings from her previous R01 grant investigating the role of small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) in mediating neuropathic pain. Read more.


Michelle Swift, PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics, 2021

Michelle Swift, PhD (2020-2021)

Michelle Swift, PhD, is the winner of the 2020-2021 MCBG program student highlight. Michelle earned her PhD in 2021 for her doctoral dissertation research entitled “Investigating the role of cell cycle-dependent regulation of Sp1 in double-strand break repair.” Read more.


Joshua Chang Mell, PhD

Joshua Chang Mell, PhD (2020-2021)

Joshua Chang Mell, PhD, is an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology and the assistant director of the Center for Genomic Sciences. Read more.


Kritika Hanamshet, PhD

Kritika Hanamshet, PhD (2019-2020)

Kritika Hanamshet, PhD, is the winner of the 2019-2020 MCBG program student highlight. Kritika earned her PhD in 2020 for her doctoral dissertation research entitled “The essential role of RAD52 in BRCA-deficient cells.” Read more.


Eishi Noguchi, PhD

Eishi Noguchi, PhD (2019-2020)

Eishi Noguchi, PhD, is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and the director of the graduate program in Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics. Read more.

A Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program graduate student working in a laboratory at Drexel University College of Medicine.