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Lab Members

Anna Blackwood
Research Associate II

Anna Blackwood is a proud graduate of UCLA with a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. She has a personal interest in chronic gastrointestinal diseases because of her extensive family history of gastrointestinal ailments. Throughout college, she was fascinated by the effect of bacterial colonies in the gut on the human body, specifically on mental health. Blackwood is excited to join the Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute team, specifically the Michelsen Laboratory and looks forward to contributing in the search for effective treatments against inflammatory bowel diseases.

Hussein Hamade, PhD
Project Scientist

Hussein Hamade, PhD, earned his doctorate from the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Strasbourg, France, in 2014. Prior to his current position, he investigated the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in a spontaneous, inflammation-driven tumor mouse model of the intestine. He is currently focusing on mechanisms by which TL1A, a member of the tumor-necrosis factor superfamily, induces inflammatory immune responses in inflammatory bowel diseases using cellular and molecular immunological approaches.

Shyam More, PhD
Project Scientist

Shyam More earned a doctorate degree from the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, India. He studied altered cell surface glycosylation and its role in cancer metastasis in his doctorate program. During his previous postdoctoral research, he worked on signal transduction pathways involved in colon cancer cell adhesion and wound healing in inflammatory bowel diseases. His current focus in the laboratory includes studying TL1A-DR3-driven signal transduction pathways in Inflammatory bowel diseases and how it impacts immune and nonimmune cell functions during intestinal homeostasis and injury.

Dalton Stamps, BS
Research Associate III

Dalton Stamps, BS, attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona majoring in Biotechnology. During his junior and senior summers, he participated in the research internship program at Cedars-Sinai investigating the effects that cytokines have on T cell differentiation in the laboratory of Kathrin Michelsen, PhD. During this time, he also investigated the role of the transcription factor Batf3 in the development of obesity in mice. After earning his degree, he went on to work in the group of Alberto Yanez, PhD in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute investigating the effect that microbial ligands have on the development of myeloid progenitor cells in IRF8-deficient mice. Following the departure of Dr. Yanez to start his lab in Spain, Stamps studied the development and function of myeloid cells using iPSCs with Helen Goodridge, PhD.

Contact the Michelsen Lab

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Davis Research Building, Room 4058
Los Angeles, CA 90048