David Alvarado, PhD
I was drawn to research because the nearly endless learning opportunities appealed to my insatiable curiosity. I was born in California and earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, and my PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I joined the Ciorba lab as a Postdoc in June of 2014, where I have continued my education in the fascinating fields of epithelial biology and cancer. When I’m not in lab, I like to experience science directly in the field by running, hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, and swimming.
Awards: NIH T32 Training Grant appointment (3T32DK077653-24S1) and W. M. Keck Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis (declined)
Terrance E. Riehl, PhD
Dr. Riehl joined the laboratory of Dr. William F. Stenson in the Division of Gastroenterology in 1987. He received his Masters degree at Rutgers University (1976) and his PhD at Ohio University (1981) in Plant Physiology. He completed Post Doctoral studies at Wake Forest University in the Department of biology, in the area of Developmental Plant Physiology, and in the Department of Chemistry, in the area of micellar chemistry and membrane mimetics. Dr. Riehl’s current research in the area of intestinal injury and repair is carried out under the guidance of Drs. Stenson & Ciorba.
Baosheng Chen, PhD
I obtained my PhD at the Peking Union Medical College in China, where I studied the mechanisms of esophageal cancer. In 2002, I joined the Sadovsky/Nelson lab at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine for my postdoctoral work that investigated the expression and function of NDRG1, PPARs, CTGF, ADRP, p53, and other genes, in placental trophoblasts, and the response of trophoblasts to hypoxia and other stresses. After postdoctoral training, I kept working on placental apoptosis and autophagy, with an emphasis on investigating the molecular effects of pomegranate juice on these processes, and the potential role of pomegranate juice as a beneficial dietary supplement during pregnancy. In 2016, I joined the Ciorba Lab as Senior Scientist, with a focus on studying the mechanisms and identifying potential drug targets of colitis-associated cancer.