Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Kathleen J. Green Lab

Lab Members

Meet the Green Lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.

Principal Investigator

Kathleen J.Green

Kathleen J. Green, PhD
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Joseph L. Mayberry, Sr., Professor of Pathology and Toxicology
Professor of Pathology and Dermatology
Associate Director of Basic Sciences, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Research Assistant Professors


Lisa Godsel, PhD
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Research Assistant Professor in Pathology and Dermatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Graduate: 1997, Ph.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Dissertation: A novel mechanism for flagellar protein localization
  • Advisor: David M. Engman, M.D., Ph.D.

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CV (curriculum vitae)
Hometown: Chicago, IL, United States of America


Bob Harmon, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Pathology

  • Undergraduate: Bowdoin College, Maine
  • Graduate: 2013, Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Post-doctoral: University of Chicago, 2019

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CV (curriculum vitae)
Hometown: Saint James, NY


Xin Tong
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Research Assistant Professor of Pathology

  • Undergraduate: 1993, Anhui Normal University, China
  • Graduate: 1998, Ph.D., Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine, China
  • Dissertation: Molecular mechanisms of radiation-induced apoptosis

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CV (curriculum vitae)
Hometown: Hometown: Anhui, China

I study molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis and skin diseases, develop new strategies for prevention and identify novel targets/pathways for better treatment.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Hope Burks, PhD
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  • Undergraduate: 2011, Hendrix College
  • Graduate: Aug. 2017, Ph.D., Tulane University
  • Dissertation: The interplay of ZEB2 and HDAC2 in breast cancer progression and metastasis.
  • Advisor: Matthew Burow, Ph.D.

Hometown: Jonesboro, AR, United States of America


Abbey Perl, PhD
abbey.perl( at )

  • Undergraduate: 2013, Lehigh University
  • Graduate: 2019, PhD, Pharmacology, Case Western Reserve University
  • Dissertation: Leveraging Small Molecule Activators of Protein Phosphatase 2A (PP2A) to Elucidate PP2A’s Role in Regulating DNA Replication and Apoptosis.
  • Advisor: Goutham Narla, MD, PhD

Hometown: Glenview, IL


Quinn Roth-Carter, PhD
quinn.roth-carter( at )

  • Undergraduate: 2012, Lewis & Clark College
  • Graduate: June 2018, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Sciences University
  • Dissertation: Eosinophils Mediate Inflammation in the Skin through the Activity of Eosinophil Peroxidase
  • Advisor: David Jacoby, M.D.

CV (curriculum vitae)

Graduate Students

Marihan Hegazy

Marihan Hegazy, (DGP)
MarihanHegazy2020( at )

  • Undergraduate: Benedictine University, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Hometown: Orland Park, IL, United States of America

Jenny Pokorny

Jenny Pokorny
Graduate Student, Driskill Graduate Program

  • Undergraduate: Beloit College, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Research Technologist


Rosemary DiDominicis
Rosemary.didominicis( at )

  • Undergraduate: 2017, Marquette University, Biomedical Sciences, Research Focus: Cognitive Deficits Associated with Schizophrenia: Phenotyping a Neurodevelopmental Model

Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL

Lab Manager

Jennifer Koetsier

Jennifer Koetsier
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  • Undergraduate: Calvin College, Michigan

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI, United States of America



Lauren Albrecht

  • Undergraduate: University of California San Diego, CA
  • Graduate: Northwestern University


Amanda Bass-Zubek, MD, PhD, FAAD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Yale School of Medicine

  • Undergraduate: 2001, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Graduate: 2010 M.D./Ph.D. in Medicine, Cell Biology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Post Graduate: Yale Universtity

 Jing Chen

Jing Chen, PhD
Product Development Scientist, Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  • Undergraduate: 2003, B.S., Tsinghua University, China
  • Graduate: 2012, Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois USA


Ryan Hobbs, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Microbiology & Immunology
Penn State College of Medicine

  • Undergraduate: 2004, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Graduate: 2010, Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Cell Biology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois USA
  • Post Graduate: The Johns Hopkins University

Sherry Lee

Sherry Lee, (MSTP/DGP)
Sherry-Lee( at )

  • Undergraduate: 2010, University of Washington

CV (curriculum vitae)


Dipal Patel, MD, PhD
dipal.patel( at )
Clinical Fellow
Yale School of Medicine

  • Undergraduate: 2004-2008, B.A.S., Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Graduate: 2016, M.D., Ph.D., Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Cory Simpson

Cory Simpson, MD, PhD
Clinical Instructor
Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System

  • Undergraduate: 2003, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Graduate: 2012, M.D./Ph.D. in Medicine/Cancer Cell Biology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Post Graduate: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Chen Yuan Kam

Chen Yuan Kam, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow (Lab of Valentina Greco, PhD)
Yale University

  • Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Graduate: 2018, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Evangeline Amargo
Technology Consultant

  • Undergraduate: Northern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Graduate: M.S., Northwestern University

Christopher R.Arnette

Christopher R. Arnette, PhD

  • Undergraduate: 2008, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX
  • Graduate: May 2014, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN
  • Dissertation: Functional and regulatory mechanisms of microtubule-associate proteins involved in cancer progression
  • Advisor: Irina N. Kaverina, Ph.D.

CV (curriculum vitae)
Hometown: Brunswick, GA, United States of America


Joshua Broussard, PhD
Advanced Imaging Specialist
Nikon Instruments

  • Undergraduate: 2006, Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Graduate: Aug. 2012, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • Dissertation: The adaptor protein APPL1 regulates cell migration and adhesion dynamics.
  • Advisor: Donna Webb, Ph.D.

CV (curriculum vitae)
Hometown: Maurice, LA, United States of America


Eran Cohen-Barak, MD
erancb( at )

  • Undergraduate: 2006, Faculty of Medicine, Ben Gurion University, Afula, Israel
  • Graduate: 2011, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • Residency: Department of Dermatology, Afula, Israel

CV (curriculum vitae)

Research interest: Genetic Skin Diseases


Bhushan Desai, PhD
Associate Director
Kite Pharma

  • Undergraduate: University of Mumbai, India
  • Graduate: 2005, Ph.D., Molecular Biology, University of Illinois, Chicago


Adi Dubash, PhD
Assistant Professor
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

  • Undergraduate: 1999 – 2003, B.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin
  • Graduate: 2003 – 2009, Ph.D., Cell and Developmental Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Gillian Fitz

Gillian Fitz

  • Undergraduate: 2014, Carleton College
  • Undergraduate Thesis: Cell-to-cell contact allows BMP signaling to establish primordial germ cells
  • Graduate: Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, Vanderbilt University (matriculating)


Amber Huffine, MA, RLATg
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  • Undergraduate: 2013, University of WI-Milwaukee
  • Graduate: 2018, MA, North Carolina State University

Hometown: Lily Lake, WI


Avinash Jaiganesh, PhD
avinash.jaiganesh( at )

  • Undergraduate: May 2012, Anna University
  • Graduate: May 2018, Ph.D., Biophysics, The Ohio State University
  • Dissertation: Cadherin-23 Structure, Function, and Nanomechanics in Hearing and Deafness
  • Advisor: Marcos Sotomayor, Ph.D.

CV (curriculum vitae)
Hometown: Chennai, India

Jodi L. Johnson

Jodi L. Johnson, PhD
jodi-johnson( at )
Research Assistant Professor in Pathology and Dermatology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Undergraduate: 1998, Washington State University
  • Graduate: 2007, Ph.D., Molecular and Medical Genetics, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Dissertation: The p53 family interacting pathways in carcinogenesis and cellular response to DNA damage
  • Adviser: Molly F. Kulesz-Martin, Ph.D. 1998, B.Sc., Microbiology, Washington State University

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CV (curriculum vitae)
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America


Jodi Klessner, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow (Ozdinler Laboratory)
Department of Neurology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Undergraduate: Western Michigan University
  • Graduate: Ph.D., Loyola University, Maywood, IL


Cody McCullough
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Senior Research Technician

  • Undergraduate: 2011, BS in Biochemistry, North Central College
  • Graduate: 2014, MS in Microbiology/Immunology , University of Nottingham

Hometown: Manteno, IL, USA

Nicole Najor

Nicole Najor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Detroit Mercy

  • Undergraduate: 2005, University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan
  • Graduate: 2010, Ph.D., Wayne State University

Oksana (Oxana) Nekrasova

Oksana (Oxana) Nekrasova, PhD
Senior Cell Biology Research Scientist, Applied Medical

  • Graduate: 2004, M.S., Biochemistry, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. Graduated with Honors.
  • 2007, Ph.D., Cell Biology, Koltzov Institute of Developmental Biology Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia


Sophia Svoboda
sophia.svoboda( at )
Research Technologist II

  • Undergraduate: 2017, University of Michigan

Hometown: Chicago, IL, USA

Viktor Todorovic

Viktor Todorovic, PhD
Histo-Pathology Team Lead for Discovery Dermatology and Fibrosis

  • Undergraduate: 1998, B.Sc., Molecular Biology and Physiology, University of Belgrade
  • Graduate: 2006, Ph.D. , Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Dissertation: CCN1(CYR61): a Novel Extracellular Matrix Inducer of Cell Death.
  • Adviser: Lester F. Lau, Ph.D.

Alejandra Valenzuela-Iglesias

Alejandra Valenzuela-Iglesias, PhD


Hoda Zarkoob, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow (Lab of Marc Ferrer, PhD)
National Institutes of Health

  • Undergraduate: 2008, B.Sc., Isfahan University of Technology
  • Graduate: 2011, M.Sc., Isfahan University of Technology
  • Graduate: 2017, Ph.D., The University of Iowa
  • Dissertation: Mechanobiology of keratinocytes colony formation and its role in wound healing.
  • Advisor: Edward Sander, Ph.D.

CV (curriculum vitae)