Perlingeiro Lab Members

Alessandro Magli, Ph.D.

AlessandroPosition: Assistant Professor of Medicine

Joined the Lab: April 2009

Education: 2008 PhD - Molecular & Regenerative Medicine - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms behind Cell Differentiation, specifically Various Transcription Factor Contribution to Cell Fate Determination

2015 - Recipient of the Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Educational Grant
2010 - FASEB Summer Research Conferences - Skeletal Muscle Satellite and Stem Cells. July 18 – 23 - Carefree, AZ, USA. Magli A. (oral presentation). "Molecular analysis of Pax3-dependent gene regulation in the embryonic skeletal myogenic program."
2010 - Visscher symposium – June 3rd, Minneapolis (MN) USA Magli A (oral presentation). "Insights on mesoderm formation: a new role for Pax3."


Karim Azzag, Ph.D.

Karim AzzagPosition: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Joined the lab: January 2018

Education: 2017 PhD, cellular biology, Montpellier II University

Research Interests: Molecular Mechanisms behind Cell Differentiation and iPSC-based cell therapy for muscular dystrophies


June Baik, Ph.D.

JunePosition: Post-Doctoral Fellow

Joined the Lab: November 2007

Education: 2015 Ph.D. – Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics – University of Minnesota

Research Interests: The role of endoglin in leukemia

2017-2019 Recipient, Hartwell Foundation Fellowship, Hartwell Foundation, United states
2017 Recipient, Hematology Research Training Program (2T32HL007062), NIH Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), United States
2014-2016 Recipient, PCBC Skills and Development Trainee Award (UMN Hub), and PCBC Jump Start Grant, NIH Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), United States
2014-2015 Recipient, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota, United States
2013-2015 Recipient, MN Muscle Training Grant (5T32AR007612-12), National Institutes of Health (NIH), United State


Neha Dhoke, Ph.D.

Neha DhokePosition-Post doctoral Associate

Joined the Lab- December 2017

Education:PhD 2017 Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology

Research Interests: Targeting dystroglycanopathies using pluripotent stem cell-derived myogeneic progenitors


Tania Incitti, Ph.D.

TaniaPosition: Post-Doctoral Associate

Joined the Lab: January 2015

Education: 2010 PhD – Genetics and Molecular Biology – Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Research Interests: Skeletal Muscle Regeneration from Differentiating Pluripotent Stem Cells focusing on their long term Regenerative Potential

Accomplishments: 2017 First Place, Young Investigator Competition, Visscher Symposium, University of Minnesota


Jim Kiley

Jim KileyPosition: Junior Scientist

Joined the Lab: April 2013

Education: 2004 BS – Biology – University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Cardiology and Muscular Dystrophy, previous research included vascular biology and sickle cell anemia


Ibtissam Kheiri

Ibtissam KheiriPosition: Researcher 1

Joined the lab: December 2017 

Education: 2008 BS - Biology - Concordia University (Canada). 

2003 BA - Management Information Systems - Florida Atlantic University

Research Interests: Process optimization for generating myogenic progenitors from human induced pluripotent stem cell to restore dystrophin in skeletal muscle


Ricardo Mondragon Gonzalez, M.S.

RicardoPosition: Graduate Student

Joined the Lab: August 2015

Education: MSc - Genetics and Molecular Biology - CINVESTAV, Mexico

Research Interests: Genome Correction and iPSC-based cell therapy for myotonic dystrophy.


Thuy-Hang Nguyen

Thuy Hang NguyenPosition: Graduate Student, Belgium

Joined the Lab: January 2018

Education: Master’s in Biomedical Sciences - University of Mons – Belgium, Expected graduation 2015

Research Interests: Dissecting the signaling pathways of endoglin in leukemai


Sridhar Selvaraj, M.S.

SridharPosition: Graduate Student

Joined the Lab: February 2014

Education: 2012- MS Biotechnology, The University of Texas at San Antonio
PhD candidate in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics, University of Minnesota, Expected graduation-2018/19

Research Interests: Genetic correction of patient derived IPS cells for cell therapy 


Carolina Ortiz, M.S. 

CarolinaPosition: Master's Student

Joined the Lab: October 2013

Education: B.Sc. Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica 2012
M.S. in Stem Cell Biology, University of Minnesota, 2015
Candidate to Professional Master's degree in Project Management, Universidad Latina, San José, Costa Rica

Research Interests: In vitro modeling of muscular dystrophies

2015-2019 PINN fellowship, Ministry of Science and Technology, Costa Rica
2016 Allan Hemingway Scholarship, Integrated Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota, MN, United States
2014 2nd Annual Regional Regeneration Symposium, November 2014, oral presentation: "In vitro modeling of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using patient-specific iPS cell-derived skeletal muscle derivatives." University of Minnesota, MN, United States


Asma Redwan

Asma RedwanPosition: Master’s Student, Germany

Joined the lab: January 2018

Education: Master’s in Biochemistry – Molecular Biology of Stem Cells – Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Research Interests: Stem Cells: molecular regulation and therapeutic applications


Magan Aziz

Magan AzizPosition: Undergraduate

Joined the lab January 2018

Education: 2021 BA in Physiology, University of Minnesota

Research Interest: Regenerative properties of stem cells


Bridget Dillon

BridgetPosition: Undergraduate

Joined the Lab: January 2017

Education: 2020 BS, Microbiology, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Using stem cells and genetic engineering in medicine

Accomplishments: 2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Award


Emma Lauer

Emma LauerPosition: Undergraduate

Joined the Lab: January 2018

Education: 2021 BS, Genetics and Cell Development, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Applications of iPS cells in medicine


Karena Lin

KarenaPosition: Undergraduate

Joined the Lab: June 2017

Education: 2019 BS, Genetics and Cell Development, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Therapeutic applications of stem cell biology

2017 - Undergraduate poster Award at Cardiopalooza
2018 - Gregory Marzolf Jr. Undergraduate Research Fellowship


Holly McKee

HollyPosition: Undergraduate

Joined the Lab: August 2017

Education: 2020 BS Genetics, Cellular Biology, and Development, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: iPSC-based therapy and genome correction for collagen-related genetic disorders