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Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory
Harrison Department of Surgical Research
Sunil Singhal, M.D.
Current Faculty Leaders
Dr. Sunil SinghalSunil Singhal, M.D. (2007-present) is the Director of the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and received post-graduate training at Johns-Hopkins and University of Pennsylvania. His research interests in nanotechnology, intraoperative immune suppression, muscle physiology, patient outcome, myeloid derived suppressor cells, and gene-expression and profiling are what drives the laboratories’ core experimental philosophy.
Dr. Sandy LevineSandy Levine, MD (2007-present) Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Evgeniy EruslanovEvgeniy Eruslanov, PhD (2013-present) Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Current Lab Members
Pratik BhojnagarwalaPratik Bhojnagarwala (2012 - present) graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with his B.S. in Molecular Biology. He also received his MS in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Dr. Singhal's lab, Pratik worked in the Department of Pharmacology at UPenn. Currently, his primary focus involves developing a better understanding of the function of myeloid cells in lung cancer. This will hopefully lead to design of better immunotherapies in the future. Future plans involve getting a Ph.D. in immunology and eventually working to bring new and novel therapies to the market.
Jack JiangJack Jiang (2013 - present) graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his B.S in biological sciences.  Prior to joining this lab, he researched in the areas of mitochondrial effects on neurodegeneration, exosomal upregulation and its anti-tumor reversal effects in cancer.   Currently, he primarily focuses on the development of tumor imaging through fluorescence microscopy, cellular staining, and the usage of animal models.  He plans on pursuing a career in medicine.
Ryan JudyRyan Judy (2013 - present) graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with his B.A. in biology.  Within the Department of Biology, he researched molecular evolution and the speciation of Scaphinotus petersi beetles.  As a Harrison Surgical Scholar, Ryan is responsible for intraoperative imaging of cancer and designing clinical models to test imaging in the laboratory.  He is interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
Ryan DeJesusElizabeth De Jesus (2013 - present) graduated from Temple University cum laude in 2013 with her B.A in Neuroscience research and Psychology. As a Mcnair Scholar at Temple, Elizabeth has been focused on research since sophomore year of her undergraduate career. Upon graduating, she went on to gain more valuable bench work skills at the Fels institute for Cancer research at Temple University’s Pharmacy school of medicine. As the clinical research coordinator, she focuses on the development of tumors in animal models, acting as a liaison between the FDA, IRB and CTSRMC and the coordination of the injections of patients. Elizabeth plans on pursuing a career in medicine.


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