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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
Olugbenga OksanyaOlugbenga Okusanya (2012 - present) is a 5th year categorical general surgery resident. He graduated with honors in Biology and Neurobiology from Harvard University. He then matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he engaged in research on the use of ultrasound in the critical care unit. He subsequently decided on a career in general surgery and was lucky enough to match at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. His current research focus is on the clinical use of fluorescent contrast agents and intra operative imaging to aid in tumor detection. He also has a particular interest in the development and design of intraoperative imaging devices. In addition to his lab work, he is the Administrative Resident for the General Surgery Residency and a previous president of the Agnew Surgical Society.
Jon QuatronomiJon Quatromoni (2012 - present) is a fourth year MD/MTR who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with his B.S in biology. Jon is currently completing his master’s degree in Translational Research in the division of Thoracic surgery and Thoracic Oncology Research. His research focuses on the optimization of immunotherapy strategies as surgical adjuvants in the treatment of lung cancer. In addition to his coursework, he is the past medial coordinator of the student run UCC Clinic with an interest in the delivery of healthcare to underrepresented populations. He is ultimately planning to pursue a career in vascular surgery/general surgery. Jonq
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.
Kenny OhKenny Oh (2013 - present) graduated from Swarthmore College with his B.A in Political Science and English Literature. He also received his JD at Temple University School of Law. He finished a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania and will be attending medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. He is currently investigating the potential role of 5-aminolevulinic acid for use in fluorescence guided thoracic surgery.

Jacqueline MorgenJacqueline Morgen (2013 - present) graduated from Swarthmore College in 2013 with her B.A. in Biology.  Prior to joining Dr. Singhal’s lab, she worked in the Regional Bone Center at Helen Hayes Hospital in New York where she researched a potential mechanism behind the known effectiveness of Teriparatide (Forteo) when administered to osteoporotic patients.   Currently, her research focuses on whether the clinical problem of liberating patients from ventilators is due to prolonged diaphragm inactivity, the mechanisms of ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction (VIDD), and possible therapies to prevent VIDD in mechanically-ventilated patients.  One of her other projects includes helping Dr. Eruslanov in his research on Tumor Associated Neutrophils and Tumor Associated Macrophages.  She assists in the collection and processing of samples obtained from surgical lung cancer patients.  She plans on pursuing a career in medicine.



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