Lab Members

Pijus Barman, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Pijus Barman, PhD, received his doctorate in immunology at the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), in Bhubaneswar, India. While at ILS, he studied mutual regulation of inflammatory responses by danger associated molecular patterns and pathogen associated molecular patterns. Before joining the Goodridge Lab at Cedars-Sinai, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the lab of Timothy Koh, PhD, where Barman studied myelopoiesis during diabetic wound healing. He is currently developing new models to study pathways of myeloid cell production and the origins of functionally distinct monocyte subsets in healthy aging and in the context of infection and inflammation.

Seokjo Kang, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Seokjo Kang earned her doctoral degree from Seoul National University in South Korea. As a predoctoral student with Dr. Inhee Mook-Jung, her research focused on defining mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), an aging-related neurodegenerative disease. She joined the Goodridge Lab at Cedars-Sinai to study molecular mechanisms controlling functional changes in innate immune cells during aging and in aging-related diseases, including their impacts on cognitive health and peripheral immunity. Currently, she is focusing on defining how soluble aging factors in the circulation produced under hematopoietic control drive brain and bone marrow aging, and investigating whether these mechanisms could be targeted to slow human aging and treat aging-associated diseases.

Karina Nance, BS
Research Associate

Karina Nance received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from UCLA. During her undergrad, she also worked with Emeran Mayer, MD studying the effects of the gut microbiota on the brain, the immune system, and the digestive system, including the role of the gut microbiota in neurodegenerative diseases, obesity, and irritable bowel syndrome. She joined the Goodridge Lab in November 2021 and is assisting with projects on the heterogeneity of immune cells, mechanisms of hematopoiesis, and immune aging.

Juliana Shin, BS
Research Associate

Juliana Shin received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University. During her undergrad, she worked on studying the development of time-coding mechanisms in the auditory brainstem in the laboratory of Jason Sanchez, PhD. She joined the lab in September 2019. She is currently assisting with projects investigating the mechanisms of hematopoiesis in aging as well as exploring immune cell type heterogeneity within and across tissues during aging.

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