The Read Lab

Current Lab Members

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Se-Yeong Oh, Ph.D.: Se Yeong received his Ph.D. from Korea University, where he studied cancer stem cell biology and brain cancer and head and neck cancer. To support his research on pediatric high grade glioma models in the Read lab, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Outside of the lab, Se-Yeong enjoys spending time with his family, particularly with his daughter Ellie.

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Elizabeth Young: Elizabeth, who is the newest member of our lab, recently graduated from Davidson College with a B.S in biology and minor in French and Francophone studies. She is especially interested in neural stem cell biology and the cell-signaling pathways that drive tumorigenesis. Her current project in the lab focuses on understanding how receptor tyrosine kinase activation turns on downstream cell-signaling pathways that contribute to tumor development in pediatric glioblastoma. Outside of lab, Elizabeth loves exploring the outdoors and is interested in healthy disparity advocacy.

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Brian Mott: Brian graduated from Emory University with a B.S in biology and currently is a medical student at Emory University School of Medicine. Previously, he has done research on epigenetic nuclear organization and neuromodulation via gene therapy. His current project in the lab focuses on characterizing microglia in neural tumors in close collaboration with neuropathology and neurosurgery colleagues.  Outside of the lab, Brian loves to rock climb and hike with his pup.  

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Julia Gonzalez: Julia is a Biology Major at Emory University and part of the 4+1 Cancer Biology and Translational Oncology Program. Her current research involves studying sex-based differences in the EGFR pathway in Drosophila and mammalian GBM models. She is passionate about gender equality in healthcare and hopes to pursue a career in research. Outside of the lab, Julia loves crocheting, baking, and hanging out with friends.

Your Name Here! We have openings to recruit a new postdoctoral fellow and a new graduate student and researcher. Please see the job postings on the Emory Career's website. Please reach out directly to Dr. Read through email if you would like to learn more about our lab, and include your CV/resume in your message if you are interested in joining us.

Previous Lab Members


Preston Sheng, Summer Temporary Research Specialist, 2020, 

current position: Research Specialist, Dr. Rafi Ahmed, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University

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Nathaniel Boyd, M.S., Ph.D.,  Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020, Translational Neurology T32 awardee

current position: AAAS Science Policy Fellow, Department of Defense, Washington D.C.


Alexander Chen, Ph.D.,  Graduate Student, Cancer Biology Program, 2015-2020, 

current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. David Gutmann, Center of Regenerative Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine

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Ashleigh Acker, Biology Major, Undergraduate Research, 2019-2020

current position: Masters student in Biotechnology at Northwestern University

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Riley Gulbronson, 4+1 Master's student, Cancer Biology and Translational, 2018-2020

current position: CDC Research Fellow

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Jerry William Allen, B.S., Honors Biology Thesis Student, 2018-2019

current position: M.D./Ph.D. student at Yale School of Medicine

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Emma Marin Miller, B.S., Undergraduate Research, 2017-2019

current position: M.D. student at The Medical University of South Carolina

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Leon McSwain, B.S., Graduate Student, Cancer Biology Program, 2018-2019

current position: Graduate Student, advisor Dr. Anna Kenney, Emory University


Krishanthan Vigneswaran, M.D., Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Postodoctoral Fellow, 2016-2018

current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas, Houston, TX

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Deidre Wright, B.S., Undergraduate Research, Research Specialist, 2016-2018

current position: M.D. student at Medical College of Georgia

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Shoeb Lallani, B.S., Research Specialist, 2017-2018

current position: M.D. student at the University of Alabama – Birmingham


Joanna Wardwell-Ozgo, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016

current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Kenneth Moberg, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University

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Nilang Shah, B.S., Undergraduate Research, SURE Summer Research, 2015-2016

current position: M.D./Ph.D. student at University of California - Davis

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Colleen Mosley, M.S., Lead Research Specialist, 2014-2015

current position: Process Improvement Specialist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Clay Coston Rowe, B.S., Research Specialist, 2013-2015

D.O., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

current position: medical resident at Wellstar, GA

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Arome Obende, B.S., Undergraduate Research, 2014-2015

M.D., Tufts University

current position: resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS


Jhomar Marquez, B.S., Lead Research Specialist, 2012-2014

current position: Cell and Gene Therapy Specialist at Cytiva


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Emory and Science Careers

Graduate Programs in Biological and Biomedical Sciences:

Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Research Specialist Careers:

Science Careers Advice:

Society for Neuro-Oncology:

Genetics Society of America:


Jeffrey Olson, M.D.,



Emory University

Daniel Brat, M.D.,Ph.D.,



Emory University

current position:

Northwestern University

Dolores Hambardzumyan,Ph.D.,

Associate Professor


Emory University

current position:

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Anna Kenney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Emory University