Our Team

The current members of the Garg Lab

Salil Garg
Principal Investigator
Education: MD PhD Harvard Medical School

Salil hails from Ohio and completed his B.S./M.S. at the University of Chicago. From there he completed doctoral work in immunobiology with Michael Brenner at Harvard Medical School before pursuing residency training in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral training with MIT faculty member Phillip Sharp. When he is not chasing difficult questions in the lab he engages in the even more difficult task of cheering for his hometown Cincinnati sports teams.

Jyotsna Kumar
Associate Research Scientist
Education: PhD Epigenetics, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh

Jyotsna is from India, where she worked on RNA/DNA interactions with chromatin in S. pombe. She later worked at the NIH on polyglutamine aggregates and University of Connecticut on RNA post-translational modifications.  Currently, Jyotsna is exploring underlying mechanisms of non-genetic heterogeneity and locus memory using functional genomics. In her free time, she loves to learn new skills and admire the beauty of nature.

Rodrigo Dalvit
Postdoctoral Associate
Education: PhD Biomedical Engineering, Western Ontario

Rodrigo is from Brazil, where he studied control and automation engineering and teleinformatics engineering at the University of Fortaleza. He moved to Canada where he pursued his PhD and later did a postdoc at the University of Manitoba developing a unique 3D centertline image extraction algorithm. In the Garg lab, Rodrigo's interests are in image processing, feature extraction (orthogonal moments, PCA, ICA), machine learning, biomechanics, and genomics.  Rodrigo also enjoys home remodeling as an avid do-it-yourselfer.

Yan (Jennifer) Gu
Postdoctoral Associate
Education: PhD in Medical Sciences, McMaster University

Jennifer hails from Canada, where she studied Biochemistry (HBSc). During her doctoral training, she investigated oncogenic factors that contribute to treatment resistance in prostate cancer. In the Garg lab, Jennifer’s focus centers on the exploration of how non-genetic heterogeneity contributes to therapy resistance in cancer cells. During her free time, Jennifer enjoys watching funny cat videos and reading (anything non-science related, that is).

Blake Torres
Postgraduate Associate
Education: BS Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology, Yale University

Blake lived in Southern California before coming to Yale, where he first studied RNA riboswitches using bioinformatic analysis and experimental validation. Currently, he is interested in understanding non-genetic factors of cellular heterogeneity through characterization of enhancer elements using new techniques in genomics. He enjoys reading, broomball, and his two dogs: Loki and Rango.

Qi (Iris) Cheng
Postgraduate Associate
Education: BS Psychology and Neuroscience, Smith College

Iris hails from China, where she worked at the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology.  Iris completed her bachelors at Smith College where she worked in Sharon Owino’s lab on GPR37 and WNT signaling.  Iris is interested in the role cell-to-cell communication plays in driving heterogeneity in stem cells.  In her spare time, Iris enjoys cooking, painting, and video chatting with her cats back home in China.

Nabiha Khan
Yale Undergraduate, pre-health

Nabiha is from West Haven, Connecticut. She is on the pre-health track, interested in oncology and patient advocacy. Nabiha is actively involved with the Muslim Student Organization and Community Health Educators. In the Garg lab, Nabhia is studying how enhancers for specific genes driving developmental transitions affect different cell states, leading to phenotypic resistance to cancer therapies. In her free time, she loves reading, exploring New Haven, and volunteering.

Hannah Qin
Yale Undergraduate, pre-health

Hannah is from Vancouver, Canada. She is interested in oncology and immunobiology, and in particular exploring how key transcription factors influence stem cell differentiation with implications in cell development and potential cancer mechanisms. In her free time, Hannah loves to snowboard, paint, and read.

Lynette X Chan
MIT Undergraduate Course 10-B

Lynette grew up in Orange County, California, and is interested in studying transcription factor binding kinetics in the context of cellular differentiation.  She is also intrigued by the development of rational design techniques in protein engineering.  Lynette chooses to strategically invest her ever-waning free time into playing Genshin Impact and watching Korean cooking vlogs.

Mary Gatison
Sr. Administrative Assistant

Mary is a devoted supporter of research labs at Yale University, with over 15 years experience at the institution and over 34 years experience in the medical field. Mary is passionate about helping others and enjoys the ever-changing nature of her role. Outside of work, Mary treasures time spent with family and friends, and has a love for games, cooking, music, movies, and travel.

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