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 (Wake Forest School of Medicine)
  • 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. Brian Ruffell (Moffitt)
  • Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont (University of Floria)
  • Dr. Necibe Tuncer (Florida Atlantic University)
  • Dr. Marzenna Wiranowska (University of South Florida)

Former lab members:

  • Ms Priya Bhatt (HIghSchool Intern)
  • Mr. Manoj Kambara (HighSchool Intern)
  • Ms. Shannon Chen (HighSchool Intern)
  • Ms. Samantha Lee (High School Intern)
  • Mr. Saharsh Agrawal (High School Intern)
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  • Mr. Sharan Poonja (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Mr. Tamas Kis (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Mr. Lawrence Abu-Hammour (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Mr. Jake Nadulek (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Mr. Branton Huffstutler (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Ms. Sara Dawit (Undergraduate Intern)
  • Mr. Dandre Allison (Undergraduate Intern)
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  • Ms. Noemi Vitos (Medical Student intern)
  • Mr. Rupin Singh (Medical Student Intern)
  • Mr. Zain Khan (Medical Student Intern)
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  • Mr. Martin Busik (Graduate Intern)
  • Ms. Laura Depner (Graduate Intern)
  • Mr. Elliot Nelson (Graduate Intern)
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  • Dr. Ibrahim Chamseddine (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Dr. Aleksandra Karolak (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Dr. Banu Baydil (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Dr. Tedman Torres (Postdoctoral Fellow)
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  • Dr. MunJu Kim (Research Scientist)

 

Lab Research Interests:

 

 

Jessica Kingsley (Research Assistant, 05/2019-present;

Undergraduate Student Intern, 02/2018-05/2019)

Studies: math major, University of South Florida

a leading scientist: "Metabolic Fluctuations in Cancer"
a leading scientist: "Mathematical Modeling of Microscale Pharmacology"

 

Shreya Mathur (High School Student Intern, 06/2019-present;

HIP-Highr School Student Intern, 06/2018-07/2018)

High School: Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, Tampa

a leading scientist: "Mathematical Modeling of Acidic Landscape in DCIS"

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

a leading scientist: "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Hypoxia-Activated Pro-Drugs by Using Vasodilators"

 

Luis Sanjuan (Undergraduate Student Intern, 10/2019-present)

Studies: chemical engineering, University of South Florida

a leading scientist: "The Organoid Microenvironement"

 

Catherine Berrouet (Undergraduate Student Intern, 12/2017-present;

Undergraduate Student Intern, 10/2017-12/2017)

Studies: Florida Atlantic University

a leading scientist: "Modeling 3D Tumor Response to Drugs Based on IC50 Curves"

 

 

Alan Roberts (Medical Student Intern, 10/2017-01/2018)

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

a leading scientist: "Cross-Disciplinary Assessment of Chlorotoxin Distribution in Gliomas in Mice", a joint project with M. Wiranowska lab (USF)

 

Aleksandra (Ola) Karolak, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, 06/2015-06/2018)

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

a leading scientist: "Physical Dynamics of Cancer Response to Chemotherapy in 3D Microenvironments", a joint project with Lisa McCawley and Dmitry Markov labs (Vanderbilt)

a leading scientist: "Targeted Imaging Agents Modeling and Quantification", a joint project with Dave Morse lab (Moffitt)

 

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

PhD: Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Department of Mathematics, 2010

a leading scientist: "Somatic Evolution within Breast Cancer Histology", a PSOC project~PI in collaboration with Mark Lloyd (Moffitt Microscopy Core)

a leading scientist: "Developent of DCIS microinvasions: cellular treats and phenotypes"

 

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

Studies: major in physics, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

a leading scientist: "Virtual Cell Colony Model for Testing Optimal Dosing Schedules"

 

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

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

REBMI (Research Experience at the Biology-Mathematics Interface), NSF-funded program at Claremont Colleges, CA

a leading scientist joint with Sara Dawit: "Interactions between melanoma tumor cells and tumor-specific T cells: an integrative model", a joint project with Shari Pilon-Thomas lab (Moffitt)

 

 

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

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

Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science @Oxford, UK.

a leading scientist: "Mechanobiology of Circulating Tumor Cells"

 

Ibrahim Chamseddine, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow, 01/2019-03/2020)

PhD: McGill University, Canada

a leading scientist: "Physical Dynamics of Cancer Response to Chemotherapy in 3D Microenvironments, a joint project with Lisa McCawley and Dmitry Markov labs (Vanderbilt)

a leading scientist: “Optimizing vaccine-induced immuno-therapy", a joint project with Shari Pilon-Thomas lab (Moffitt)

 

Jake Nadulek (Undergraduate Student Intern, 10/2017-12/2017)

Studies: Florida Atlantic University

a leading scientist: "Modeling 3D Tumor Response to Drugs based on IC50 Curves"

 

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

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

Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science @Oxford, UK.

a leading scientist: "Mechanobiology of Circulating Tumor Cells"

 

Lawrence Abu-Hammour (Undergraduate Student Intern, 01-03/2018)

Studies: Dartmouth College off-Campus Program, Hanover, NH

Dartmouth Off-Campus Program @Moffitt

a leading scientist: "Image-Based Modeling of Targeting Nanoparticle Delivery for High Uniform Receptor Saturation" under the guidance of Dr. Aleksandra Karolak

 

Manoj Kambara (High School Student Intern, 06/2019-08/2019)

High School: Land O’ Lakes High School, FL

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

a leading scientist: "Modeling Vaccine-Induced Immunotherapy: Studying Treatment Robustness Using Virtual Populations" under the guidance of Dr. Ibrahim Chamseddine

 

Martin Busik (Graduate Student Intern, 05/2017-08/2017)

Studies: major in mathematics, University of Zilina, Slovakia

 

a leading scientist: "Circulating Tumor Cells in Blood Flow and Microfluidic Devices"

 

 

Mia Yan Miao (Undergraduate Student Intern, 01/2020-present)

Studies: Dartmouth College Off-Campus Program, Hanover, NH

Dartmouth Off-Campus Program @Moffitt

a leading scientist: "Optimizing Adoptive T Cell Therapy by Exploring the Tumor Microenvironment Complexity"

 

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", a joint project with Moffitt Sarcoma Program

a leading scientist on the PSOC-TransNetwork grant "Heterogeneity of Cytoskeletal Architecture as an Indicator of Treatment Response", a joint project between four PSOCs: Moffitt, Scripps, Cornell and University of Southern California

 

Naika Dorilas (Undergraduate Student Intern, 09/2018-08/2019)

Studies: Florida Atlantic University

a leading scientist: "Modeling "3D Tumor Response to Drugs Based on IC50 Curves"

 

 

Noemi Vitos (Visiting Scholar, 09/2018-12/2018)

Studies: medical program, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

a leading scientist: "Modulating the Tumor Microenvironment to Improve Immunotherapy in Melanoma", a joint project with Shari Pilon-Thomas lab (Moffitt)

 

 

Priya Bhatt (High School Student Intern, 06/2019-08/2019)

High School: Ottawa Hills High School, OH

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

a leading scientist: "Modeling Vaccine-Induced Immunotherapy: Optimizing Treatment Dosage and Timing" under the guidance of Dr.Ibrahim Chamseddine

 

Rupin Singh (Medical Student Intern, 05/2016-07/2017)

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

a leading scientist: "Cross-disciplinary Optimization of Nano-Drug Delivery to Glioma Cells", a joint project with M. Wiranowska (USF) and N. Alcantar (USF) labs; funded by the USF 2016 Summer Scholarly Award Program.

 

Saharsh Agrawal (High School Student Intern, 07/2016-08/2016)

High School: C. Leon King High School, Tampa

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

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

 

Samantha Lee (High School Student Intern, 07/2016-08/2016)

High School: Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

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

 

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

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

REBMI (Research Experience at the Biology-Mathematics Interface), NSF-funded program at Claremont Colleges, CA

a leading scientist joint with Dandre Allison: "Interactions between melanoma tumor cells and tumor-specific T cells: an integrative model", a joint project with Shari Pilon-Thomas lab (Moffitt)

 

Shannon Chen (High School Student Intern, 06/2018-07/2018)

High School: C. Land O’ Lakes High School, Tampa

HIP-IMO ~~ High School Internship Program @ Moffitt

a leading scientist: "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Hypoxia-Activated Pro-Drugs by Using Sensitizers"

 

Sharan Poonja (Undergraduate Student Intern, 01/2018-09/2019;

Summer Student Intern, 06/2017-08/2017)

Studies: pre-med program, University of South Florida

a leading scientist: "Histology-Based Analysis and Modeling of Ductal Microinvasions"

 

a leading scientist: "Defining a digital signature of a tumor cell based on multicellular spheroid cultures"

 

 

Tamas Kis (SPARK summer research intern, 05/2019-08/2019)

Studies: mechanical engineering major, Vanderbilt University

a leading scientist: "Metabolic Reprogramming to Improve Immunotherapy in Melanoma"

 

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

PhD: Arizona State University, Department of Physics, 2009

"leading scientist: Drug Transport Through the Tumor Tissue"

 

Zain Khan (Medical Student Intern, 08/2015-07/2017)

Studies: major in medicine, Ross University Medical School, Miami, FL

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