The Cai Lab

    Principal investigator
    Li Cai, PhD; Associate Professor
    Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University
    599 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
    (848) 445-6559; lcairutgers.edu


    Current Lab Members


    Xin Tianyu Zach
    Sofia Dylan Farrah Ryan
    Pooja Ami Veronica

    Postdoc TBN

    PhD students

  • Xin Ai (BME PhD candidate 2017f -) Role of Top2b in rod photoreceptor development
  • Tianyue Fu (BME MS candidate 2019s - PhD program 2019f -) Novel gene function in retinal development
  • Zachary Aaron Finkel (PhD program 2019f -) AAV gene therapy in mouse model of contusion spinal cord injury

    MS students

  • Sofia Castro-Pedrido (BME MS candidate 2019f -) SCI project
  • Dylan Forenzo (BME MS candidate 2019f -) Computational study of gene expression
  • Farrah Khalil (BME MS candidate 2019f -) Computational study of gene expression
  • Ryan Skinner (BME MS candidate 2019f -) SCI project

    Undergraduate Students

  • Pooja Gupta (Project Super 19s -) RNA-seq analysis of gene expression in various spinal cord injury mouse models
  • Ami Patel (BME 2019f -) works with Sofia Castro-Pedrido
  • Veronica Farag (BME 2019f -) works with Tianyue Fu/Xin Ai
  • Hani Alostaz (BME Scholars Academy 2020s-)
  • Phinu Philip (Wright State University Daytn, Ohio - REU 2020 Summer)

    Senior Design Team 2020-21: 2020-21: Aolani Colon, Rishabh Hirday, Ami Patel (team leader), Amrita Poddar, Emma Tuberty-Vaughan


    Former Lab Members


    Postdoc

  • Ying Li, Ph.D. (Mar 2016 - Jan 2017) - Transcription factors in spinal cord development and Top2b function in retinal development.
  • Hailing Hao, Ph.D. (Mar 2008 - Jun 2014) Regulation of gene expression in neural stem/progenitor cells
  • Mythily Ganapathi, Ph.D. (Jul 2008 - Dec 2008)

    PhD graduates

    1. Misaal Patel (BME PhD Candidate 2016f - GAANN fellowship - 2017s - GAANN/NIH Biotech - 2018f - Defense Date: 8/22/2019) - Senior Scientist at Pfizer
    2. Jeremy Anderson (BME PhD candidate, 2015 - NIH Biotech fellow; Defense Date: 6/17/2019) - Bristal-Myer Squibb - Transgenic mouse model for the study of traumatic brain injury
    3. Ying Li (BME Ph.D. Jan 2016, Jul 2010 - Mar 2016; NJCSCR Fellow 2012-14) - Transcription factors in spinal cord development and Top2b function in retinal development. Current position: Assistant Professor, Xi’An JiaoTong University (China)
    4. Shannon Smith, Ph.D. (MBS Jul 2008 - Aug 2013; NSF IGERT fellow) Thesis: Regulation of CD44 expression in breast cancer stem cells. Current position: postdoc at CHOP, Philadelphia, PA
    5. Evangeline Tzatzalos, Ph.D. (BME Sept 2008 - Nov 2012; NSF IGERT fellow; NJCSCR fellow) Thesis: Regulation of Notch1 expression in retinal development. Current position: Senior scientist, VitroLabs, Inc. (Tissue Engineering)
    6. Mohammed M. Islam, Ph.D. (Molecular Pharmacology Jul 2009 - May 2012) Thesis: Regulation of Foxn4 expression in retinal development. Current position: Assistant Professor at King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia)
    7. Sungtae Doh, Ph.D. (BME Dec 2006 - May 2010) Thesis: Computational prediction and experimental verification of gene regulatory elements in neuronal development and Retinal development. Associate, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. - Mar 2016 Goodwin Procter LLP

    MS graduates

    1. Nikita Kelkar (BME MS program 2017s - nonthesis MS Dec 2018)
    2. Rani Satya Pavitra (BME MS 2017s-2018)
    3. Alexandra Pinto (BME MS 18s)-(BME PhD program 2018f - May 2019) Computational Biologist/Bioinformatician at Helomics
    4. Nirali Patel (BME MS 18s)
    5. Jingjing Shi (BME MS 2017s)
    6. Shivani Patel (BME BS/MS 2017s)
    7. Nikhil Kumar (BME MS 2017s)
    8. Rameshwari Rayaji (BME MS 2016) Current position: Research Associate II, SRI International
    9. Jennifer Kim, MS (BME Sep 2007 - May 2010) - Law School
    10. Jennifer Forino, MS (BME Dec 2009)

    BS graduates

    1. Hanna Brancaccio (2019f - 2020s) works with Zach Finkel
    2. Sofia Castro-Pedrido (BME Slade Scholar / BS 2018f - 2019s):
    3. Dylan Forenzo (BME Slade Scholar / BS 2018f - 2019s): Photoreceptor Gene Expression
    4. Alex Milojevic (2018s - 2019s)
    5. Rebecca Risman (Aresty 17s - 2019s)
    6. Mihir Shah (SOE Honors Academy 17s - 18f)
    7. Brandon Lungo (BME Slade Scholar BS 17f - 18s) Computational analysis of retinal gene expression
    8. Shunyao Lei (Aresty 2017f - 2019s) SCI project with Misaal
    9. Nirali Patel (BME Honors Academy & Slades Scholar BS/MS 16f - Aresty 16f) - Computational analysis of biologyical data
    10. Quinn Wade (BME Honors Academy 15f -) - PhD program at PSU
    11. Tristen Wallace 2016s
    12. Nikhil Kumar (BME BS 2016)
    13. Neda Kabi (BME Honors Academy 2013-2015)
    14. Yuying Tan 2015
    15. Shivani Patel (BME Honors Academy 2014f)
    16. Nikhil Agarwal (BME Honors Academy 2010-2013)
    17. Katherine Lau (Spring 2014)
    18. Jordana Gilbert (BME Honors Academy 2011-2013); Johns Hopkins University
    19. Dhara Zala (BME Honors Academy 2011-2013)
    20. Alson Wu (BME Honors Academy 2010-2012)
    21. Haim Tawil (BME Honors Academy, 2008-2010) U Penn - Dental student
    22. Stephanie Loh (BME Honors Academy, Senior Design 2008-2010)
    23. Tapan Patel (BME Honors Academy, 2008-2010)
    24. Eric LaBouff (BME Honors Academy) 2007-2009; LifeCell; MD/Phd student Temple U.
    25. Joe Maffei (BME Honors Academy) 2007-2009; Boston U
    26. David Chen (Aresty) 2007-2008; New Jersey Medical School
    27. Anna Pashkova (Aresty) 2007-2008; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    28. Abdullah Rasheed (Aresty) 2008-2009; Medical student
    29. Michael Lazar (Aresty)
    30. Arvin Zabalerio (Aresty)

    Senior Design Team 2020-21: Tajim Ahammed | Gavriel D. Kruman - team leader | Joshua Monserate | Srinidhi Sudhir | George W. Wadsworth

    2018-19: | Virginia Quiros-Barboza | Sofia Castro-Pedrido (Team Leader)| Jordan Eckhoff | Shaun Porwal | Michael Taenzer

    2017-18: A novel normalization method for single-cell RNA-seq data analysis | Samr B. Atieh | Mrudula M. Chakravarthy | Patrick R. Doran | Omkar A. Joshi | Vikash Patel

    Computation: 2016-17 | Trevor J. Alston | Steven Q. Nguyen | Miguel vivar Lazo | Cori Lichter | Justin Chen

    Device: 2016-17 | Aizeem Paroya | Luis Fabionar | Shashank Alladi | Vivekkumar Patel

    2015-16: Peak Finder | Ana Covic | Monica Chan | Talia Greenstein | Teerapad Jindachompthong | Nikhil Kumar | Monika Nandi

    2014-15: Conner Quintero | Jake Cotton | Yana Oganesova | Michael Wu | Mike Conforti | Jay Shah (Winner of 2015 Senior Design Conference)


    2013-2014 (paper): Paul Jang | Tim Holleran | Michael Burn | Kenan Gebizlioglu | Alex Governle
    2012-2013: Jordan Ash | Brian Osler | Henry Yu (Winner of 2013 Senior Design Conference)
    2011-2012: Darshan Bhatty | Timothy Keough | Dipen Patel | Alson Wu | Brian Yoo
    2010-2011: Ryan Chando | Samantha Citron | Olapeju Odusola | Scott Sivco
    2009-2010: Stephanie Loh | Alvin Chen
    2008-2009: Andy Shen (2006-2008) | Pankit Shan

    Summer undergratuate students

    1. Mohammad Fauzan (New Jersey City University - RiSE 2019 Summer)
    2. Nathalie Groot (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - REU 2019 Summer)
    3. Brenda Okereke (BME 2018 Summer -)
    4. Audrey Hao (UC Berkeley 2017 RiSE REU)
    5. Yanira Gonzales Rodriguez (REU 2016 summer) Effect of Topoisomerase II-beta Inhibitor on Neuronal Migration in vitro
    6. Dylan Richards (NSF-REU 2012 summer undergrad)
    7. Nilsa La Cunza (NSF-REU 2012 summer undergrad)
    8. Eva Nelly Rubio-Marrero (RISE student, summer 2010); Graduate student, Rutgers
    9. Eduardo Gonzalez (RISE Summer 2008); Graduate student, Washington U

    Summer high school students

    1. Rockie Jiang (2019 summer) Transcriptomic analysis of spinal cord injury
    2. Catherine Cai (2019 summer) Transcriptomic analysis of spinal cord injury
    3. Victoria Li (2017 summer)
    4. Daniel Wang (2016 summer - Attending Yale U)

    Other contributors

    • Nicole Katchur (MD/PhD candidate 2019 summer lab rotation)
    • Michael D'Ecclessis NSF IGERT fellow) - (Co-advisor, Primary advisor: R. Hart)
    • Daniel Lee (Medical Student) Summer 2008; RWJ medical school
    • Xiaorong Zhu (Feb 2011 - Jan 2012) - East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (Visiting Scholar)
    • Kate Fitzgerald (BME Fall 2011) BME rotation student
    • Yandi Li (2009/12-11/12) - MBS rotaton student
    • Richard Carmona (Neuroscience)

     ©  2020 Li Cai (lcairutgers.edu)