Dr. Shruti Naik, Principal Investigator

Shruti received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. After which she worked as a research assistant at the Naval Medical Research Center studying traumatic injury and autoimmune onset. Shruti then matriculated into the University of Pennsylvania-National Institutes of Health Graduate Partnership Program and obtained her Ph.D. in Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Yasmine Belkaid. During her doctoral studies, she discovered that normal bacteria living on our skin, known as commensals, educate the immune system and help protect us from harmful pathogens. Her work unveiled how immune cells in our skin work with our microbial partners to prevent disease and has opened the door for microbiota-based therapies in the skin.

For her postdoctoral studies, Shruti joined the lab of Dr. Elaine Fuchs at the Rockefeller University as a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow. There she found that epithelial stem cells can harbor a memory of inflammation which boosts their regenerative abilities. This finding extended the definition of inflammatory memory beyond immune cells introducing a seachange in our current view of how tissues remember inflammatory encounters. Shruti is a strong advocate for increasing diversity in science and promoting the advancement of underrepresented and marginalized groups. For her research and advocacy Shruti has received numerous awards including the NIH Women’s Scholars Award, the Regeneron Award for Creative Innovation, the L’Oréal For Women in Science Award, the Damon Runyon Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientist,  the Sartorius and Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy, the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists  and the International Takeda Innovator in Science Award

Anastasia Artemiev, Undergraduate Student

Anastasia is an undergraduate student at Hunter College majoring in Biochemistry. Her work focuses on understanding how immune cells contribute to tissue regeneration. She is a native New Yorker and fluent in Russian and English. She plans on to pursue a career in biomedical research and hopes to hone her skills as an experimentalist in the Naik lab.

Brandon Hsieh, Research Associate

Brandon is an alumni of Hofstra University, receiving a B.S. in Biology. He oversees day to day lab operations and maintenance. He is dissecting the spatial organization of microbes in the skin and their interaction with host epithelia. A Long Island native, Brandon enjoys driving and eating. Brandon’s longterm goals are to pursue a doctoral degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology and educate future scientists

Dr. Yue Xing, Postdoctoral Associate

Yue is studying the impact of environmental stimuli on neonatal health and disease susceptibility.

Yue received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Nankai University. After which, she obtained Ph.D. from Institute Pasteur of Shanghai where she focused on exploring how NLRP3 inflammasome signaling dynamically regulates commensal bacteria to maintain mucosal immune homeostasis.

Born and raised in a north China plain city, mountains and forests have a unique attraction to Yue. In her spare time she likes to climb mountains and submerge herself in nature.

Jill Wisnewski, Undergraduate Student

Jill is an undergraduate study at NYU majoring in Biology and Spanish. Her research  internship is supported by the NYU Deans Undergraduate Research Fund. She is studying the  the crosstalk between microbes and skin cells during epithelial development. In the Naik lab she hopes to further develop her skills as a researcher and scientist.

Jill is originally from Connecticut and in her free time she enjoys hiking with her pets, eating chocolate, and doing puzzles.

Kody Mansfield

Kody is a graduate student in the Developmental Genetics training program at NYU School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences where he currently serves as president of the Sackler Student Council. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi having earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Molecular Biology. In his undergrad, he worked in various arthropod species, studying aspects of RNA biology in development (dust mites), neurodegeneration (flies), and control of transposable elements (spider mites and mosquitos). Kody is broadly interested in embryonic development. In the lab, he focuses on how maternal atopies act on fetal development to further understand how embryonic events may confer atopy in newborns. He is also studying how colonization of commensal bacteria in newborn skin shape behavior of skin stem cells. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and keeping up with the Kardashians.

Piotr Konieczny

Piotr is a visiting graduate student  supported by the Polish National Science Center’ Etiuda  fellowship .Piotr obtained his BSc in Biology Sciences at the Jagiellonian University (Poland) in 2012. Afterwards, he also obtained an additional Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology from the Jagiellonian University in 2014. During his PhD Piotr, has investigated the role of Regnesa-1 in skin homeostasis and inflammation. In 2018 he received a PhD fellowship to join Naik lab. In the Naik lab, Piotr is studying the crosstalk between immune and epithelial cells during regeneration and carcinogenesis. 

During free time, he likes to travel, paint and explore new food from across the world.

Sherlock Holmes, Lab Mascot

Sherlock graduated top of this class from the Unleashed Puppy Training program.  He supports the team with this uplifting tail wags and hugs. His hobbies include squirrel chasing, stealing treats, and power napping.