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.

  

Laura Grisanti, PhD

Laura Grisanti, PhD

Senior Scientist

laura.grisanti@mssm.edu

Laura graduated with B.S. and Ph.D. in Cell Sciences and Cellular Technology from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab from 2009 until 2013. She returned to our lab as Senior Scientist in February 2017. She is in charge of the smooth running of the lab and oversees the CRISPR-mediated mouse genetic efforts.

 

Ka Wai Mok, PhD

Ka Wai Mok, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

kawai.mok@mssm.edu

Ka Wai received his PhD from the University of Hongkong with exchange work at the Population Council at Rockefeller University. He joined the lab in September 2014. Ka Wai is intersted in defining the control of DP fate by Sox transcription factors.

 

 

Nivi Saxena, BS

Nivi Saxena, BS

PhD Student

nivi.saxena@icahn.mssm.edu

Nivi graduated with a BA in molecular and cell biology from Berkeley. She joined the lab for her Ph.D. work in April 2017. Her research interest lies in understanding the molecular controls that regulate dermal condensate cell fate specification.

 

 

Nicholas Heitman, PhD

Nicholas Heitman, PhD

MD/PhD Student

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 2014 and graduated in 2019. Nick is interested in Dermal Sheath cell functions during hair formation and the hair cycle. Being back in Med School, he continues to pursue his thesis projects in collaboration with Pieter in the lab.

 

Pieter Martino, BS

Pieter Martino, BS

Research Associate

pieter.martino@mssm.edu

Pieter graduated with a BA in biology from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME in 2017. After training as research technician at Tufts he joined our lab in 2019 to hone his skills and knowledge in stem cell niche biology before moving on to PhD training. Pieter is interested in Dermal Sheath functions as signaling niche during the hair cycle.