Perlingeiro Lab Members

Current 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

Accomplishments: Abstract for oral presentation accepted for 2020 annual meeting of the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy


Jim Kiley

Jim KileyPosition: Lab Manager, Researcher 2

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


Sudheer Tungtur

Sudheer TungturPosition: Researcher 1

Joined the lab: March 2018

Education: M.S., Biology and Computer Science, Bowling Green State University

Research Interests: In vivo studies of Muscular Dystrophies


Bayardo Garay 

Bayardo GarayPosition: M.D.-Ph.D. Student (MSTP)

Joined the Lab: July 2018

Education: University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology-Neurobiology

Research Interests: My primary scientific interest is to understand the mechanisms driving cellular degeneration with an emphasis on early detection, rescue, and prevention. One of my goals is to use patient-derived and CRISPR-Cas9-corrected iPSCs in the context of striated muscle differentiation (diseased and normal stage), and the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) as a platform for drug screening, and to unravel biological processes that might not be easily accessible in vivo. My ultimate goal is to develop an in vitro model of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies using hiPSCs: skeletal muscle, motor neurons, and cardiomyocytes.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award F30 Fellowship, NHLBI, March 5, 2020
Sping and Ying Ngoh Lin Award, March 7th, 2020


Carolina Ortiz, M.S. 

CarolinaPosition: PhD Candidate in Integrative Biology and Physiology

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

2019 Award for Best Poster, Dept. of Medicine Hebbel Research Day, University of Minnesota, MN, United States
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


Hyunkee Kim

Hyunkee KimPosition: Graduate Student

Joined the Lab: March 2018

Education: BS Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate student in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics, University of Minnesota, Expected graduation-2022

Research Interests: In vitro modeling of Duchene and Becker muscular dystrophies using skeletal muscles from patient-derived iPSCs.


 Adrian Velez

Adrian VelezPosition: Undergraduate

Joined the lab: September 2019

Education: Expected Graduation Date 2022: B.S., Microbiology, University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Muscular Dystrophy


Muhab Abdelwahab

Lab Alumni