Current Lab Members

Ashutosh Arun, PhD

Ashutosh Arun, PhD

Staff Scientist

Ashutosh Arun, Ph.D. is interested in executing basic and clinical research geared towards delineating mechanistic pathways in disease progression, using druggable targets for the development of drug candidates. Dr Arun has experience in the development of novel therapeutic agents against cancer, using biochemical and molecular biology, and expertise in molecular mechanisms of Trypanosoma cruzi induced cardiac pathology. His expertise motivates him with new conceptual and contemporary approaches to elucidate molecular mechanisms of action and the discovery of novel drugs against infectious disease.
In Dr. Mitreva’s lab he is working on a project related to the discovery of novel drug targets and development of novel anthelmintic small molecules against infectious diseases caused by different parasitic helminths.

Suman Bharti, PhD

Suman Bharti, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

Suman joined Dr. Mitreva’s lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Febuary 2023. Her primary research project focuses on the development of transgenic organisms, understanding the mechanism and interference of different metabolites in host-pathogen interactions. She is also involved in the Identification and characterization of novel drug targets and the development of anti-parasitic drugs against human parasitic nematodes.

Mahdiyeh Bigham, PhD

Mahdiyeh Bigham, PhD

Staff Scientist

Mahdiyeh has pursued multi-disciplinary research in the areas of enzymology, insect transgenesis, plant transient gene expression, and molecular diagnostic assays of vector-borne disease. She has conducted her Postdoctoral research at Cornell University and Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her current research focuses on discovering and developing novel therapeutic technologies in human parasitic nematodes.

ShuTing Chen

ShuTing Chen

Undergraduate Student

ShuTing Chen is a rising senior undergraduate student from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is currently a participant in the Opportunities in Genomics Research program at Washington University- School of Medicine. She is interested in exploring microbiology and plans to pursue a graduate degree studying microbial pathogenesis and host defense.

Young-Jun Choi, PhD

Young-Jun Choi, PhD

Senior Scientist

Young-Jun’s research focuses on the study of the helminth parasites involved in neglected tropical diseases that cause suffering among some of the world’s poorest communities. He uses comparative and population genomic approaches to make discoveries that improve our understanding of parasite biology and our ability to control these infections.

Vasilije Djuranovic

Vasilije Djuranovic

Summer Intern

Hi! I’m Vasilije Djuranovic and I am a highschool summer intern at the Mitreva lab.

Hyeim Jung

Hyeim Jung

PhD Student

Jacquelyn Kauffman

Jacquelyn Kauffman

Undergraduate Student

Jacquelyn is a rising senior undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying global health. She is interested in pursuing further study in parasitology and neglected tropical diseases after graduating. Her project within the MitrevaLab group investigates the cytotoxicity of anthelminthic candidates to mammalian cells.

Pawan Kumar, PhD

Pawan Kumar, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

The focus of Pawan Kumar’s research is on the molecular and population genetics of parasitic helminths, one of the etiological agents responsible for “Neglected Tropical Diseases” in low-income populations in developing nations. He is attempting to identify genetic markers and anthelmintic resistance mechanisms so that methods can be developed to combat post-treatment recurrence of infection and the establishment and spread of parasites. Additionally, his knowledge of how to analyze genomic and transcriptomic data will aid in the identification and prioritization of variants as well as the development of tools for molecular surveillance.

John C Martin

John C Martin

Mgr, App Programming & Development

John Martin has been working in the lab of Dr. Makedonka Mitreva for more than 20 years.  John locates & implements (or develops) applications for the group as needed, does data processing and analysis, provides informatics support and oversees the IT needs of the group.

Bruce Rosa, PhD

Bruce Rosa, PhD

Assistant Professor

Bruce has worked in Dr. Mitreva’s lab since 2012. His bioinformatics projects focus on analysis and interpretation of high throughput datasets including genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, of parasitic helminths, humans and mice, as well as human microbiomes.

Kumar Sachin Singh

Kumar Sachin Singh

Staff Scientist

Sachin’s primary interest is to understand the mechanism and interference of different metabolites of pathogena and their response in the host, most importantly host-pathogen interaction. He is also involved in the discovery of novel drug targets and development of noble antimicrobials/antiparasitic small molecules against different infectious diseases.

Rahul Tyagi, PhD

Rahul Tyagi, PhD

Staff Scientist

Rahul has worked with Dr. Mitreva for more than 7 years and led multiple projects including those that involved comparative parasite genomics, drug discovery, metabolic networks, non-coding RNA discovery etc. He has also been an important part of multiple collaborative projects involving genomic, transcriptomic and chemigenomic analyses. 

Samuel Uzoechi, PhD

Samuel Uzoechi, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

Sam is currently involved in multiple projects in Mitreva Lab which include comparative parasite genomics, neglected tropical diseases, helminths, and helminth infections, Omics driven helminth research, and characterization and validation of drug targets and anthelmintic drugs.

Lab Alumni

NameMitrevaLab positionCurrent positionLink
Sahar Abubucker, MSProgrammer Analyst (2005-2012)Senior Data Scientist, SanofiLinkedin
Faisal AhmadMD student (2020)  
Brit Andersen, PhDGraduate student (2014-2018)WUSM MD student 
Veena Bhonagiri, MSProgrammer Analyst  
Darius BostUndergraduate student (2014)Graduate student at WashU in St. Louis 
Keerthana ChintalapatiUndergraduate student (2018)Undergraduate student at WashU in St. Louis 
Yenny Djuardy, MD, PhDVisiting scholar (2013)Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Universities Indonesia, JakartaLinkedin
Austin L DruryGraduate student (2021-2022) Linkedin
Xin Gao, PhDPost-Doctoral researcher (2011-2015)Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland at College ParkLinkedin
Michael GuzmanRotation student (2014)WashU PhD student (Bose Lab)Linkedin
Esley Heizer, PhDPost-Doctoral researcher (2010-2012)Systems Engineer at Applied SystemsLinkedin
Esha Jian, MSUndergraduate student (2013)Associate Computational Biologist II at Broad Institute of MIT and HarvardLinkedin
Yanyan Jian, MD, PhDVisiting scholar (2016)Chinese CDC, Shanghai, China 
Karthik Kota, MSProgrammer Analyst (2009-2012)Sr Software Engineer @ Stanford Health CareLinkedin
Lucja Labuda, PhDVisiting scholar (2014)Department of Parasitology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands 
Samantha McNulty, PhDPost-Doctoral researcher (2013-2016)Project Manager, Genomics and Pathology Services, WUSMWUSM link
Kathie Mihindukulasuriya, PhDStaff Scientist (2014-2015)Staff Scientist at Washington University in St. LouisLinkedin
Jess Millar, MDSummer student (2013)NSF Graduate Research FellowLinkedin
Elaine Otchere, MA, MDMA/MD Graduate student (2016-2017)MD student 
Phil OzerskyProgrammer Analyst (2013-2015)Bioinformatics and Database developer at Donald Danforth Plant Science CenterLinkedin
Roni PartikovaVisiting Scholar (2018)M.Sc. Student at Ludwig-Maximilians UniversityLinkedin
Kym PepinMgr, App Programming & Development (2009-2016)Clinical Research Coordinate at WUSMLinkedin
Sadhna Rana, PhDPost-Doctoral researcher (2008-2011)Senior Scientist at Tata Consultancy ServicesLinkedin
Samantha ScottVisiting Scholar(2019)MD student 
Caroline SnowdenVisiting Scholar (2018)MD student 
Jose Dylan SosaUndergraduate student (2015)Graduate student 
Sasi SuruliraiProgrammer Analyst (2009-2010)  
Yat Tang, PhDPost-Doctoral researcher (2011-2013)Orthodontic Resident at University of Nebraska Medical CenterLinkedin
Christy Taylor, PhDStaff Scientist (2009-2012)Associate Science Fellow and Computational Protein Design Lead at Bayer Crop ScienceLinkedin
Qi Wang, PhDStaff Scientist (2012-2015)Assistant research professor at Arizona State UniversityLinkedin
Zhengyuan Wang, PhDPost-Doctoral researcher (2007-2011)Principal Bioinformatics Scientist at AbbVieLinkedin
Yong Yin, PhDPost-Doctoral researcher (2005-2009)Insect Protection Trait Portfolio Project Lead for Corn Rootworm Control, Associate Science Fellow at Bayer Crop ScienceLinkedin
Xu ZhangProgrammer Analyst (2009-2015) Linkedin
Alan ZhuUndergraduate student (2020)