Current Lab Members

The Iozzo Lab (2016)

First Row (L to R): Carolyn Lee, Maria Gubbiotti, Claire Reynolds, Annabel Torres

Second Row (L to R): Arnold Tatsinkam, Simone Buraschi, Thomas Neill, Danielle Park, Dr. Renato V. Iozzo

Simone Buraschi, Ph.D.


Simone is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dr.Iozzo's laboratory. He is mainly interested in the study of the biology of decorin and in its antitumorigenic role in the tumor microenvironment. Particularly, he is now focused on the ability of decorin to inhibit the growth of breast cancer. He says "Working under Dr. Iozzo has given me excellent exposure to his beneficial method of idea sharing and development on an international level". Always looking for new places to explore, Simone is a good travel organizer. He loves good movies, food and outdoor sports like skiing, although he misses the Italian Alps nearby his hometown.

Thomas Neill, Ph.D.


Tom is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dr. Iozzo's laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Thomas Jefferson University in May 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Renato V. Iozzo. His primary project focuses on the role of decorin in the regulation of mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy) in triple negative breast carcinoma. 

Aastha Kapoor, Ph.D.

Aastha is a post doctoral fellow in Iozzo Lab. She completed her Ph.D. in 'cellular contractility in cancer cell invasion and drug resistance' from bioscience department, IIT Bombay. In Iozzo lab she is currently working on 'endorepellin induced stress response in endothelial cells'. Endorepellin is one the domains of perlecan, a proteoglycan prevalent in basement membranes, which provides structural support to tissues. Besides being a structural component, perlecan and its sub-domain endorepellin can engage in signaling pathways and induce cellular functions. She is studying the role of endorepellin in stress signaling pathways in endothelial cells, which seem to have implications in angiogenesis and cancer growth. While Aastha spends most her time with cells and mice, during her lazy hours she likes to watch movies, travel to unexplored destinations and walk along the Schuylkill river. 

Carolyn Lee, B.S.

Carolyn is an MD/PhD student at Thomas Jefferson University pursuing her PhD in Dr. Iozzo's lab. She is currently studying the effects of endorepellin and autophagy in human endothelial cells. During her undergraduate years at Dartmouth College, she developed a strong interest in understanding physiological and pathological mechanisms at the cellular level. She is grateful to be under the mentorship of Dr. Iozzo for her PhD research and hopes to one day integrate her research skills with clinical knowledge as a physician scientist.