Rejniak Lab Personnel

Katarzyna (Kasia) A. Rejniak (PI)

PhD: Tulane University, Department of Mathematics, 2002

Postdoctoral Fellow: Mathematical Biosciences Institute, OSU, Columbus Ohio

Postdoctoral Researcher: University of Dundee, Scotland

Profile:

Lab collaborators:

  • Dr. Diane Allen-Gipson (University of South Florida)
  • Dr. Norma Alcantar(University of South Florida)
  • Dr. Marilyn Bui (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Anna Y. Chen (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Hiranmoy Das (Texas Tech University)
  • Dr. Heiko Enderling (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Jana Gevertz (The College of New Jersey)
  • Dr. Robert Gillies (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Metin Gurcan (Ohio State University)
  • Dr. Natasa Jonoska (University of South Florida)
  • Dr. Georgios Lolas, (Athens School of Medicine, Greece)
  • Dr. Jorge Macias-Diaz (Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico)
  • Dr. Dmitry Markov (Vanderbilt University)
  • Dr. Lisa McCawley (Vanderbilt University)
  • Dr. David Morse (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Judith Perez-Velazquez (Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Germany)
  • Dr. Shari Pilon-Thomas (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Ami Radunskaya (Pomona College)
  • Dr. Damon Reed (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont (University of Floria)
  • Dr. Marzenna Wiranowska (University of South Florida)

Former lab members:

  • Ms. Samantha Lee (High School Intern)
  • Mr. Saharsh Agrawal (High School Intern)
  • Mr. Branton Huffstutler (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Ms. Sara Dawit (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Mr. Dandre Allison (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Ms. Laura Depner (GRaduate Intern)
  • Mr. Elliot Nelson (Graduate Intern)
  • Dr. Banu Baydil (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Dr. Tedman Torres (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Dr. MunJu Kim (Research Scientist)

 

Lab Research Interests:

 

 

Martin Busik (Graduate Student Intern, 05/2017-present)

Field of studies: major in mathematics, University of Zilina, Slovakia

 

a leading scientist on the "Circulating Tumor Cells in Blood Flow and Microfluidic Devices" project

 

 

Rupin Singh (Medical Student Intern, 05/2016-present)

Field of studies: major in medicine, University of South Florida Medical School, Tampa, FL

a leading scientist on the "Cross-disciplinary Optimization of Nano-Drug Delivery to Glioma Cells" project

topic: investigate various delivery schemes of a tunable localized nano-drug delivery system for gliomas by combining laboratory experiments and mathemtical modeling

joint project with Dr. Wiranowska (USF) and Dr. Alcantar (USF) labs; funded by the USF 2016 Summer Scholarly Award Program.

 

Aleksandra (Ola) Karolak, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, 06/2015-present)

PhD: University of South Florida, Department of Chemistry, FL, 2015

a leading scientist on the "Physical Dynamics of Cancer Response to Chemotherapy in 3D Microenvironments"

topic: develop a modeling and analysis platform for predicting tumor organoid response to therapies integrated with Thick Tissue Bioreactor.

joint project with Lisa McCawley and Dmitry Markov (Vanderbilt)

a leading scientist on the "Targeted Imaging Agents Modeling and Quantification" project

topic: develop a biogically and chemically accurate computational model of TLR2 ligand transport and uptake by pancreatic tumor cells based on intravital microscopy data from the dorsal window chamber.

joint project with Dave Morse lab (Moffitt)

 

Zain Khan (Medical Student Intern, 08/2015-present)

Field of studies: major in medicine, Ross University Medical School, Miami, FL

a leading scientist on the "Virtual Clinical Trial Model: Enhansing Clinical Accuracy and Applicability" project

topic: incorporate clinically relevant factors, such as treatment side effects, into the Virtual Clinical Trials model to make it more useful for clinicians.

 

Saharsh Agrawal (High School Student Intern, 07/2016-present)

High School: C. Leon King High School, Tampa

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

a leading scientist on the "Hide & Seek: Cell Strategies to Survive in Chemotherapy"

 

Samantha Lee (High School Student Intern, 07/2016-present)

High School: Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

a leading scientist on the "Optimizing the Efficacy of Cytotoxic T Cells" project

 

Branton Huffstutler (Undergraduate Intern, 07/2015-12/2016)

Field of studies: major in physics, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

a leading scientist on the "Virtual Cell Colony Model for Testing Optimal Dosing Schedules" project

topic: develop an experimentalist-friendly computational model of 2D/3D cell colony response to mono- and combination therapies

 

Laura Depner (Graduate Student Intern, 07-10/2016)

Field of studies: major in biology, Oxford University, UK, Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (SABS)

a leading scientist on the "Mechanobiology of Circulating Tumor Cells" project

topic: investigate what advantage cell aggregates (emboli) have over individual CTCs in intravascular transport.

 

Elliot Nelson (Graduate Student Intern, 04-07/2016)

Field of studies: major in physics, Oxford University, UK, Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (SABS)

a leading scientist on the "Mechanobiology of Circulating Tumor Cells" project

topic: investigate what advantage cell aggregates (emboli) have over individual CTCs in intravascular transport.

 

Mun Ju Kim, PhD (Research Scientist, 08/2011-07/2014)

PhD: Brown University, Department of Engineering, 2004

a leading scientist on the Miles for Moffitt Milestones Award "Optimising cell-cycle inhibitors in sarcomas: an integrative model"

topic: develop a computational model of cell-cycle targeted chemotherapies and investigate synergistic effects of drug combination therapies in various sarcomas

joint project between IMO and Moffitt Sarcoma Program

a leading scientist on the PSOC-TransNetwork grant "Heterogeneity of Cytoskeletal Architecture as an Indicator of Treatment Response"

topic: investigate relationship between intra-cellular heterogeneity of biophysical measurements with therapeutic response to taxane-based therapy in patients with advanced prostate cancer.

joint project between four PSOCs: Moffitt, Scripps, Cornell and University of Southern California

 

Banu Baydil, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, 10/2011-09/2012)

PhD: Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Department of Mathematics, 2010

"Somatic Evolution within Breast Cancer Histology", PSOC project~PI: Mark Lloyd

topic: data analysis and visualisation aimed at characterizing breast cancer cell aggressiveness and tumor evolution from lower to higher grade using patient histopathology samples

joint project between IMO and Analytic Microscopy Core

"Developent of DCIS microinvasions: cellular treats and phenotypes"

topic: development of an agent-based model of the emergence and progression of ductal carcinoma microinvasions

 

Tedman A. Torres, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow 10/2009-01/2011)

PhD: Arizona State University, Department of Physics, 2009

"Drug Transport Through the Tumor Tissue"

topic: development of a fluid-dynamics based model of tumor tissue penetration by anticancer drugs

 

Sara Dawit (Summer Undergraduate Intern 06-08/2010)

Undegraduate studies: major in Biology, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

 

Summer project joint with Dandre Allison, part of the REBMI (Research Experience at the Biology-Mathematics Interface), NSF-funded program at Claremont Colleges, CA

topic: interactions between melanoma tumor cells and tumor-specific T cells: an integrative model; joint project with Dr. Shari Pilon-Thomas, Moffitt-Immonology

 

 

Dandre Allison (Summer Undergraduate Intern 06-08/2010)

Undergraduate studies: major in Computer Science, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

 

Summer project joint with Sara Dawit, part of the REBMI (Research Experience at the Biology-Mathematics Interface), NSF-funded program at Claremont Colleges, CA

topic: interactions between melanoma tumor cells and tumor-specific T cells: an integrative model; joint project with Dr. Shari Pilon-Thomas, Moffitt-Immonology