Lab Team

Nam Gyun Kim, PhD

Acting Assistant Professor

Dr. Nam Gyun Kim investigates the regulatory mechanisms of contact inhibition of proliferation, which inhibits cell division when the cell reaches their stationary density. It is important in embryonic development, tissue regeneration and organ size control, and the loss of contact inhibition of proliferation is a hallmark of solid tumors. He received a PhD in medical sciences from Yonsei University College of Medicine (Seoul, Korea) in 2002. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia.

Richard Mangio, PhD

Research scientist III

Dr. Richard Mangio studies the molecular mechanisms behind how endothelial cells adhere to each other through cadherins. Disruption of endothelial cadherin function has been shown to cause severe life-threatening conditions such as sepsis and tissue edema. Mangio has worked in a variety of laboratory environments from industrial research and development to academia and federal government laboratories. He earned a BS in microbiology from the University of Washington and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from State University of New York – Upstate Medical University.

Alisha Mendonsa, PhD

Post-doctoral fellow

Dr. Alisha Mendonsa is a post-doctoral fellow in the Gumbiner Lab. She is interested in studying E-cadherin mediated regulation of the Hippo signaling pathway in cancer progression and metastasis. Mendonsa is originally from India and completed undergraduate studies in biotechnology at the BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore. She came to the U.S. for graduate studies in cancer biology at Vanderbilt University, where she studied the role of the steatotic liver microenvironment on tumor metastasis to the liver.

Leslayann Schecterson, PhD

Research lab supervisor

Dr. Leslayann Schecterson brings a broad range of research skills to the Gumbiner Lab. She has co-authored multiple academic publications and has extensive experience in molecular biology techniques, including gene vector design and transgene expression, protein expression analysis, histology and confocal imaging. Before joining the Gumbiner Lab, Schecterson spent 16 years at the University of Washington, most recently as an acting instructor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She earned a BS in chemistry and biology from Bates College and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Washington.

Allison Maker, BS

Graduate student

Allison Maker came to the Gumbiner Lab to study the structure of the E-cadherin complex underlying the regulation of its adhesive state at the cell surface. She is currently a PhD student in biochemistry at the University of Washington, having completed her undergraduate degree in 2015 with a BS in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Tae-Young Na, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Tae-Young Na joined the laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in December 2016. She is studying the mechanisms by which E-cadherin and catenins regulated tumor metastasis She earned a BS in molecular biology from Sejong University (Seoul, Korea) and completed a PhD at the Seoul National University College of Pharmacy in 2013, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship. She has contributed to the fields of tumor development associated with metabolism and hepatitis B virus.

Chirosree Bandyopadhyay, MS, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Chirosree Bandyopadhyay joined the Gumbiner lab as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2018. She is investigating the role of E-cadherin activity state in the regulation of epithelial barrier function during inflammatory processes. She is mainly focusing on inflammatory bowel disease and RSV induced inflammation as disease models of inflammation. Chirosree is originally from India and she received her MS degree in Biochemistry from University of Calcutta, India. Chirosree completed her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Martin Schwartz lab at Yale University. She has contributed to the fields of Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpes virus biology and endothelial fluid shear stress signaling.