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Lab Members

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

Principal Investigator

Ronen  Sumagin

Ronen Sumagin

Associate Professor in Pathology

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Zeinab Dehghani

Zeinab Dehghani


zeinab.dehghani( at )

After completing my MD at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and practicing medicine in Iran, I felt a strong desire to delve deeper into the underlying mechanisms of diseases. This led me to pursue a career in research. Currently, I'm passionate about exploring the role of immune cells, particularly neutrophils and T-cells in inflammatory bowel disease. My goal is to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical insights, ultimately improving patient care through a better understanding of disease processes. I'm excited about the impact our research will have on the future of medicine!

Caroline Herrnreiter

Caroline Herrnreiter

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Joey Lockhart

Joey Lockhart


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Laura Manzanares

Laura Manzanares

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After receiving my Ph.D. in Molecular Biomedicine in 2021, I moved to Chicago from Mexico to work in the Sumagin Lab because I am interested in the role that the immune system plays in gut inflammation and healing.

Enzo  Piccolo

Enzo Piccolo, PhD

enzo.piccolo( at )

I am from France and got my Ph.D. in Pathophysiology in Toulouse in 2021. I came to NU because I am passionate about science. I am fascinated by the organization of the intracellular machinery of myeloid cells (mitochondria, phagocytes, nutrient sensing, transcription activity) and the realization of their function in the different challenges they encounter. More specifically, I am interested in understanding the roles of hypoxia and mitochondrial activity in neutrophils during myocardial infarction.

Xingsheng Ren

Xingsheng Ren, PhD

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My research focuses on macrophage and endothelial cell interactions. I am also very interested in trying to understand whether microparticles facilitate these interactions.

Graduate Students

Lenore  Yalom

Lenore Yalom

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Having worked in the field of stem cell and regenerative biology, I am excited to bring my interest and passion into the lab by studying neutrophil regulation of intestinal stem cells.

Technical Staff

Anastasiia Serdiukova

Anastasiia Serdiukova

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Triet Bui

Graduate Student

Veronika Butin-Israeli, PhD

Research Assistant Professor in Pathology

Jackson DiSario

Summer Student

Carlos Samuel Galan Enriquez

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ariel Finkielsztein, PhD

Research Associate in Pathology

Joseph Lee

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lorraine Mascarenhas

Research Technologist I

Lindsey Mehl

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jake Rehring

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Allison Rux

Summer Student

Thomas Slater

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jessica Urbanczyk

Technical Staff

Hannah Wiesolek

Research Technologist 1

Meredith Zhou

Undergraduate Research Assistant