Team

Dr. Jatinder Lamba, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Jatinder Lamba is currently Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research. Dr. Lamba’s research is focused on identification, characterization and clinical validation of genomic/epigenomic markers predictive of therapeutic outcome in cancer patients.

Email: jlamba@cop.ufl.edu

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Current lab members’ research interests

Post-doctoral associates

Vivek M. Shastri, Ph.D.

Vivek M. Shastri, Ph.D.

2019, PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Research Interests: Biological characterization of CD33 isoforms; DNA damage response (DDR) pathway-based score to predict response to GO; development and cellular evaluation of anti-CD33 based bispecific T cell engagers (BiTEs) and multi-target adaptable cell engagers (MACEs) for potential use in AML immunotherapy.

Email: vivekshastri@cop.ufl.edu

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Phani Krishna Parcha, Ph.D.

2019, PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pondicherry Central University, India

Research Interests: Cancer signaling, Drug screening, Patient derived in vitro cancer models (tumorspheres & Organoids) for drug discovery.

Email: phanikrishparcha@cop.ufl.edu


Graduate students


Mohammed Gbadamosi

Mohammed Gbadamosi

2017, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with minor in Biochemical Engineering, University of Delaware

Research Interests: Research aims to understand how interpatient variation influences response to immunotherapy in the context of pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and to leverage this information to improve immunotherapeutic treatment strategies. Mohammed conducts analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data and explores the functional relevance of his findings using AML cell line models.

Email: mgbadamosi@ufl.edu


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Richard “RJ” Marrero, Pharm.D.

2019, Pharm.D., Palm Beach Atlantic University

Research Interests: Genome-wide association analysis, identification and validation of genomic markers predictive of clinical outcomes in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia, and preemptive pharmacogenomic multi-gene panel-based testing.

Email: marreror@ufl.edu


Nam K. Nguyen, Pharm.D.:M.S.

Nam K. Nguyen, Pharm.D./M.S.

2019, PharmD/MS, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Research Interests: Genome-Scale CRISPR-Cas9 synthetic lethal screening in AML cell lines and primary leukemic cells to identify drug resistance genes and to uncover druggable genome. 

Email: namnguyen@ufl.edu


Pharm.D. students

Jennifer smilingJennifer Ahmed, PharmD Intern

2021, Pharm.D, University of South Florida

Research Interests: Pharmacogenomics of cytarabine in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), identifying genomic biomarkers to predict chemotherapy-related toxicity, and investigating cytarabine-induced changes with respect to global untargeted metabolomes.

Email: jennifer.ahmed@ufl.edu

Natasha Emanuel

Natasha Emanuel

Research Interests: Pharmacogenomic impacts on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of chemotherapeutic agents, identification of genomic biomarkers to predict clinical outcomes in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia and adult acute myeloid leukemia 

Email: natasha.smith@ufl.edu


Angelica K. de Jesus Sosa

Angelica K. de Jesus Sosa

2018, MS, University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus

Research Interests: Identification of novel therapeutic drug targets via CRISPR-Cas9 system, identification of therapeutic agents that can be useful at overcoming resistance in AML, and identification of mechanisms predictive of treatment-outcome and drug resistance in AML.

Email: adejesussosa@ufl.edu

Additional Pharm.D. students

Undergraduate students

  • Oluwaseyi Olabige

Lamba Lab alumni

Postdoctoral associates

Name Year Affiliation Current Position
Dr. Amit K Mitra 2009-2012 University of Minnesota Assistant Professor- Auburn University, Alabama
Dr. Yogita Ghodke 2010-2012 University of Minnesota Assistant Professor – NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
Dr. Lata Chauan 2012-2016 University of Minnesota Manager/Senior Scientist at CPL Biologicals US, LLC
Dr. Miyoung Shin 2015-2016 University of Florida Clemson School of Health Research
Dr. Roya Rafiee 2016- 2021 University of Florida NA
Dr. John Papageorgiou Ioannis 2018-2019 University of Florida Emory University

Graduate students

Name Graduation Year Degree Institution
Neha Bhise 2015 PhD University of Minnesota
Taraswi Mitra Ghosh 2016 PhD University of Minnesota
Neha Bhise 2015 PhD University of Florida
Salma Bargal 2017 MS University of Florida
Bradley Stockard 2019 PhD University of Florida

Pharm.D. students

Name Year Affiliation Program
Sally Kassem 2015 University of Florida Summer Research Mentor- University of Florida and Directed Research
Emile Bergsma 2015 University of Florida Summer Research Mentor- University of Florida and Directed Research
Charles Davis 2016 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Summer Research Mentor
Elham Elmasry 2016 Visiting scientist from Egypt NA
Andrew Asante 2018 University of Florida ISRP (Intensive summer research program)
Akhila Dadwai 2019-2020 Osmania University, Sangareddy, Telangana, India International PharmD Intern
Satyavardhan Rao Nittu 2019-2020 Osmania University, Sangareddy, Telangana, India International PharmD Intern
Natasha Emanuel 2019-present University of Florida PharmD Intern
Angelica de Jesus Sosa 2019-present University of Florida PharmD Intern
Alessandra Diioia 2019-present University of Florida PharmD Intern
Yennifer Nunez 2021-present University of Florida PharmD Intern
Jennifer Ahmed 2021-present University of South Florida PharmD Intern

High School students mentored through University of Florida SSTP program

  • Rachel Goepner – 2015
  • Ella Singh – 2016