Andrea Kasinski 

2013-pres. William and Patty Miller Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

2009-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

2009 Ph.D, Emory University

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Graduate Students  



Sander Myoung (2015 - present)

Sunghyun (Sander) Myoung, born in South Korea, graduated Sogang University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Life Science in 2009. In 2010, he entered the Chemistry graduate program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. His research focused on discovering small molecules which regulate microRNA function. He achieved his Masters degree in 2013 and began his tenure in the Kasinki lab as a research technician. Sander is currently in the PULSe program at Purdue working towards his PhD. 




Chennan Li (2015 - present)

Originally from Beijing/China, Chennan started his journey as a PhD student (Biology Program) in the autumn of 2015. He graduated his Bachelor's defree in Biological Sciences from Purdue University and China Agricultural University in 2015. During his undergraduate training he studied Cyanobacteria and microbiology in Dr. Louis Sherman's lab. In 2016 he started his exploration of science in the Kasinski lab.  




Humna Hasan (2017 - present)

Humna Hasan, originally from Pakistan, received her Masters degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Quaid-I-Azam University Pakistan and is pursuing her doctorate degree in Biological Sciences on the Fulbright scholarship. She has been actively involved in scientific Journalism and academia and is keen to pursue her research in the domain of noncoding RNAs. Her current focus is in the study of exosomal RNAs 






Ahmed Abdelaal (2017 - present)

Originally from Egypt, Ahmed did his undergraduate work in Zoology and Chemistry at Zagazig University, Egypt in 2012.  He completed his Master’s studies in Cell, Molecular Biology, and Physiology from Georgia State University in 2017. Currently, Ahmed is a PhD. student in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology, Purdue University.





Alejandra Agredo Montealegre (2017 - present)

Alejandra, originally from Colombia received her bachelor's degree in Biology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2017. She was selected for a six-month research internship at Purdue University as an undergraduate student where she worked in Kasinski Lab. She is a PhD student of the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Program and is part of the molecular signaling and cancer biology training group.




Zulaida Soto (2017 - present)

Zulaida Soto is originally from San Sebastián, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla with a bachelors’ degree in Biology in May 2017. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in a summer research about the role of long non-coding RNAs in adipogenesis in Dr. Shihuan Kuang’ s Lab at Purdue University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Purdue University.






Sudhanshu Shekhar (2017 - present)

Sudhanshu, born in India, obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from SRM University, India in 2015. In 2017, he received his Master's degree in Human Disease Genetics from Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore, India. His work was focused on miRNA mediated chemoresistance to carboplatin in lung cancer. He joined Kasinski lab in 2018 as a PhD student of the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (PULSe) program. Sudhanshu is interested in studying epigenetic mechanisms mediated by non-coding RNAs and chromatin interactions.





Julie (Jihye) Son (2021 - present)

Julie is from From South Korea. She graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2020. Her current interests include epigenetic mechanisms of drug resistance in non-small cell lung cancer.







Ikjot Sohal (2018 - present)

Ikjot is interested in studying the biogenesis of exosomes and their utilization as diagnostics and therapeutics in lung cancer. He joined Dr. Kasinski’s lab as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in June 2018. During his Ph.D., Ikjot was a primary contributor to an internal seed grant award, in which he studied utilization of urinary extracellular vesicles and their content for diagnosing occupational exposure to isocyanates. He completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology program in May 2018 at University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA under the supervision of Dr. Dhimiter Bello. His thesis elaborated the presence of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) as food additives in food products, methodological challenges associated with ingested ENM toxicity research, transformations they undergo in gastrointestinal (GI) environment, and their effects on the GI epithelium. He comes from the vibrant state of Punjab in India.




Sudarsan Reddy (2019 - present)

Sudarsan Reddy, born in India, obtained his doctoral degree in organic chemistry from IIT Madras, India in 2017. During his doctoral studies with Prof. Indrapal Singh Aidhen, Sudarsan used acyl anion chemistry for the synthesis of biologically important natural products and their analogues.  He was a postdoctoral researcher at Charles University in Prague with Dr. Jiri Misek (2017-2018).  He joined Dr. Kasinski lab in May 2019. Sudarsan is interested in synthesizing ligand conjugates and studying ligand-mediated miRNA delivery. 



Undergraduate Students

-Jeremiah Jauch (expected graduation, Spring 2023)

-Noor Abdullah (expected graduation, Spring 2022)

Previous Lab Members 

- Anjali Byappanahalli, Undergraduate (2019 - 2021), Currently conducting a postbac at the NIH in preperation for MD/PhD

- Manvir Bains, Undergraduate (2018 - 2021), Currently pursuing MD

- Arpita Pal, PhD candidate (2013 - 2020), Currenlty a Scientist at Synthego 

- Kristen Blackenberger, Undergraduate (2019), Currently an undergraduate at Purdue, Exp Grad: Spring 2020

- Alexa Lisevick, Undergraduate (2015 - 2018), Currently a medical student at Quinnipiac University

- Hana Kubo, Undergraduate (2015 - 2018), Currently a graduate student at Northwestern

- Feng Tian, Undergraduate (2017 - 2018), Currently a graduate student at Emory University

- Esteban Orellana, PhD candidate (2013 - 2018), Currenlty a postdoc at Harvard Medical School

- Sarunya Kitdumrongthum, Visiting Scholar (2017 - 2018)

- Sean Humphrey, Postdoc (2013-2017), Currently faculty at Purdue University

- James Welch, Undergraduate (2014-2017), Currenlty in biotech

- Kayla Gates, Undergraduate (2016-2017)

- Phil McCown, Postdoc (2015-2016), Currently at Notre Dame

- Sarah Allen, Undergraduate (2016-2017), Currently a graduate student at Wisconson

- Alejandra Agredo Montealegre,  Undergraduate from Nat. Univ. of Columbia (2016), Currently a PhD student at Purdue  

- Patrick Backman, Masters Student (2013-2016)

- Quinn Schroder, Undergraduate (2013-2015)