Team

Michael Rendl, MD

Michael Rendl, MD

Principal Investigator

michael.rendl@mssm.edu

Michael is the PI of the lab. He received his MD from the University of Vienna, Austria. After his postdoctoral research in Elaine Fuchs’s lab at Rockefeller University he joined Mount Sinai in 2008. Michael focuses on keeping the money flowing, the lab growing and the papers coming.

  

Sangeeta Ghuwalewala, PhD

Sangeeta Ghuwalewala, PhD

Senior Scientist

sangeeta.ghuwalewala@mssm.edu

Sangeeta received her Ph.D. in cancer biology/cancer stem cells from the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata in 2016. She then pursued her postdoctoral training in the lab of Tudorita Tumbar at Cornell University from 2016 to 2021. She then joined our lab as a Senior Scientist in March 2022. Sangeeta is interested in the regulation of stem cell induction and hair cycle progression by the dermal papilla.

 

Martina Rangl, PhD

Martina Rangl, PhD

Senior Scientist

martina.rangl@mssm.edu

Martina received her PhD in Biophysics from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, in 2012. She then trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Scheuring lab at INSERM Marseille (2012-2016) and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York (2017-2019). She then joined our lab in 2020. Martina is in charge of the epigenomics and transcriptomics efforts in the lab.

 

Nicholas Heitman, MD PhD

Nicholas Heitman, MD PhD

Dermatology Resident

nicholas.heitman@mssm.edu

Nick graduated with a BS in microbiology from U Wisconsin, Madison, and an MS in Biomedical Sciences from Mount Sinai. He had joined the lab for his Ph.D. work in the MD/PhD training program in 2014 and graduated in 2019 and finished Med School in 2022. Nick is interested in Dermal Sheath cell functions during hair formation and the hair cycle. Being a resident in Dermatology, he continues to pursue his research interest in the mesenchymal control of hair cycle regression.

 

Raghava Sunkara, PhD

Raghava Sunkara, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

raghava.sunkara@mssm.edu

Raghav received his PhD from the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) in New Mumbai, India. He joined the lab in February 2021. His research interest lies in uncovering the molecular properties and functions of hair follicle dermal stem cells.

Xin Wang, PhD

Xin Wang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

xin.wang@mssm.edu

Xin received his PhD from Fudan University in Shanghai in 2021. He joined the lab in June 2022. Xin is interested in defining the biological functions and molecular controls of the dermal sheath during the hair growth cycle.

 

 

Alejandra Paredes Marin, BS

Alejandra Paredes Marin, BS

Research Associate

alejandra.paredes@mssm.edu

Alejandra graduated with a BA in Cell and Molecular Biology & Biological Anthropology from George Washington University. She joined the lab as Research Associate in summer 2021. Her research interest lies in understanding the molecular controls of skin wound healing.

 

 

Alexia Brown, BS

Alexia Brown, BS

Research Associate

alexia.brown@mssm.edu

Alexia graduated with a BA in biology from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME in 2021. She joined our lab in 2021. Alexia aims to figure out the regulatory controls of dermal sheath contraction during hair follicle regression before moving on to MD training.