Team


Judy Cho, M.D.
Principal Investigator, Senior Faculty

Dr. Cho is the Ward-Coleman Professor of Translational Genetics and Medicine, Vice-Chair of Translational Genetics and Gastroenterology, Director of Ceported and Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine. She is also the PI and chair of the Steering Committee of the NIDDK IBD Genetics Consortium and a member of the NIDDK Advisory Council. She also serves on the council of American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Research Policy Committee of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA).

Dr. Judy Cho received her MD from Ohio State University. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics, and Director of the IBD Program  at Yale University School of Medicine, prior to joining the Icahn School of Medicine in 2013.


MEMBERS OF MY TEAM:

FACULTY:

Ling-shiang (Felix) Chuang, Ph.D.
Instructor
(February 2018 – Present)
Zebrafish modeling of intestinal injury bacterial exposure and medications define epithelial in vivo responses relevant to human Crohn’s Disease.

Postdoctoral Fellow
(September 2013 – January 2018)

A Frameshift in CSF2RB Predominant Among Ashkenazi Jews Increases Risk for Crohn’s Disease and Reduces Monocyte Signaling via GM-CSF.

 


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS:

 

Zhi Chai, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(May 2020 – Present)

Elucidating ulcerative colitis pathology and potential drug targets via mouse models and single cell genomics

 

 

Shikha Nayar, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(May 2021 – Present)
Ph.D. Candidate
(May 2017 – May 2021)
Using zebrafish and single-cell genomics to elucidate cellular and molecular mechanisms of stricturing Crohn’s disease pathogenesis.  

 


GRADUATE STUDENTS:

 

Rachel Levantovsky
MD/PhD Candidate
(July 2019 – Present)
I aim to characterize the drivers of perianal fistula in Crohn’s disease using single cell technologies and in vitro modeling.

 

 


STAFF:

Nai-Yun Hsu, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist
(January 2021 – Present)
Postdoctoral Fellow
(October 2013 – December 2020)

Modeling and characterizing Ulcerative Colitis disease biology, focusing on the regulation of the stem cell niche, using organoid systems, single cell genomics and genetic approaches.

 

Kyle Gettler, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist
(January 2021 – Present)
Postdoctoral Fellow
(October 2018 – December 2020)

Multi-ethnic polygenic risk scores and data coordinating center analyst.

 

Mamta Giri
Bioinformatician II
(May 2016 – Present)
I use data driven computational methodology to understand IBD biology.

 

 

Joshua Morrison
Associate Researcher I
(July 2017 – Present)
I use zebrafish to model intestinal inflammation, like that seen in IBD, in an attempt to elucidate its effects on specific cell types in the intestine, as well as to test the therapeutic capabilities of commonly prescribed therapies for IBD.

 

Ksenija Sabic
Research Manager
(July 2019 – Present)
I am responsible for procurement and management of samples and research materials for the lab. I also support the Data Coordinating Center of the IBD Genetics Consortium of the NIDDK.

 

 

Colleen Chasteau
Clinical Research Coordinator
(August 2019 – Present)
I coordinate the efficient acquisition and processing of patient samples to further our translational research efforts.

 

 

Ujunwa Korie, M.D., Ms.P.H.
Clinical Research Coordinator
(October 2019 – Present)
I aid in the recruitment of patients to our studies, sample processing, and coordinate all of the regulatory efforts including the study IRBs.

 

Isaac Alter
Associate Researcher I
(August 2020 – Present)
I study the role of mast cells in ulcerative colitis, using mice and in vitro systems.

 

 

 

Christopher Tastad
Bioinformatician
(March 2021 – Present)
My work aims to elevate analytical capabilities with back-end improvements, lean development, and application of advanced tool sets.

 

 


CHO LAB ALUMNI:

Yashoda Sharma, Ph.D. (2008 – 2018)

Kaida Ning (2010 – 2014)

Nicole Villaverde (2013 – 2018)

Tramy Luong (2014 – 2015)

Bridget Hill (2014 – 2015)

Jody-Ann Facey (2014 – 2016)

Philippe Labrias (2015 – 2017)

Maria Mucci (2016 – 2017)

Yamuna Devi Gangadharan (2017 – 2017)

Fernando Caday (2017 – 2017)

Karan Amlani (2017 – 2018)

Maria Sierra (2017 – 2018)

Sari Joshowitz (2017 – 2019)

Dean Decter (2019 – 2019)

Katrina Svoboda (2018-2019)

Ernie Chen (2015 – 2019)

Daphne Derose (2017 – 2019)

Chih-Chi Chou (2019-2020)