Team

Basic Science Research Team

Bahiyyah 'Mia' Jefferson

Cell/Molecular Expert

Yifan 'Paul' Zhou

Research Specialist

 Paul’s primary project uses wireless optogenetics to understand explore pain in a model of neurogenic pancreatitis. 

 

 

 

Christopher 'Chris' Sullivan

Mouse Colony Manager

 

Clinical Pancreas Research Team

Kristen Hall

Clinical Coordinator

Melanie 'Mel' Mays

Regulatory Specialist

Melanie Mays BS, CCRP is the Pancreas Research Team Clinical Research Manager. Melanie has over 20 years of experience in clinical and translational research. Her role is regulatory, drug safety reporting, SOPs, compliance, budgets, contracting and staffing for Pitt and multi-center clinical trials.Melanie Mays BS, CCRP is the Pancreas Research Team Clinical Research Manager. Melanie has over 20 years of experience in clinical and translational research. Her role is regulatory, drug safety reporting, SOPs, compliance, budgets, contracting and staffing for Pitt and multi-center clinical trials.

 In her free time, Mel enjoys making jewelry. 

 

Kimberly 'Kim' Stello

Clinical Lab Manager

Kim graduated from Community College with two Associates Degrees: Biology and Biotechnology, and has been working at the University of Pittsburgh for 15 years. Kim’s favorite band is Iron Maiden.

In her free time, Kim likes to go four-wheeling.

Trainees

Shilang 'Eason' Xiao

Visiting Scholar

Shilang studies medicine at the Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China. His studies focus on the neural-immune mechanisms regulating pancreas cancer development and progression. 

Metrah Mohammed Nader

MS3, Class of 2023

Metrah received her B.S from Portland State University where she studied science and sociology. She also received her MS in biomedical science from University of Pittsburgh. She is currently a medical student at University of Pittsburgh SOM. In her free time she likes to cook, bake, and learn new languages (she speaks Russian, Farsi, and Uzbek fluently). 

Former Lab Members

Julien Maliha

Biomedical Master’s Program ’20

 

Neeharika Nallapati

Undergraduate Researcher