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The Read Lab

Current Lab Members

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Jorge L. Jimenez Macias: Jorge graduated from Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He has postdoctoral experience from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Brown University under the training of Dr. Sean Lawler, focusing on drug delivery across the blood-tumor barrier of glioblastoma. Jorge enjoys dancing, listening and playing music, reading, learning new stuff and hanging out with friends. 


Mohamed Ishan: Ishan completed his BS in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and earned his PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Georgia, USA. He has worked on BMP and NF2 signaling pathways in the mesenchyme to understand their role in epithelial cell differentiation to form taste papilla. Ishan is very passionate about investigating deeper into cancer biology, particularly exploring the roles of cell signaling pathways in tumorigenesis. In his leisure time, Ishan enjoys playing badminton and exploring good restaurants.


Gee Young Lee: GeeYoung received her master's degree and Ph.D. from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in South Korea, where she studied the drug delivery system for cancer therapy and imaging. She completed two post-doctoral training at Emory University for nanomedicines for various solid cancers. Before returning to Emory, she worked at Morehouse School of Medicine for the translational research of laser-activated gold nanoparticles for head and neck cancer patients. Outside of the lab, GeeYoung enjoys indoor gardening, candle making, watching his teenage son's soccer games, and spending relaxed time with her family. 

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Tyler Judd: Tyler graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Charleston with a focus on rat behavioral modeling. He spent the last 5 years working at the CDC in the high containment division working with BSL 3 and BSL4 research. Tyler won 1st place in the SEAALAS Tech Talks in 2021 with his presentation on the "History of the Lab Rat". Outside of the lab, Tyler enjoys going to concerts, writing screenplays, and going on cruises.


Zhengang Hu: Hu is an exchange student from China, and he is working on his M.D. degree with a focus on neurosurgery. His previous research has focused on the immune microenvironment of gliomas and epigenetic alterations in glioblastomas. He is enthusiastic about applying scientific findings to the clinical setting to predict and improve the prognosis of glioma patients. In the spare time, Hu likes playing basketball, hiking, and photography.


Your Name Here! We have multiple openings to recruit a new staff scientisit, a new postdoctoral fellow, and a new graduate or post-bacc student. Please reach out directly to Dr. Read by email at if you would like to learn more about our lab, and include your CV/resume and a short description of your research interests in your message if you are interested in joining us.

Previous Lab Members

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Julia Gonzalez Varela Saborio: M.S., 4+1 Master's student, Cancer Biology and Translational, 2021-2023

current position: Clinical Research Coordinator, Emory Brain Health Center


Jocelyn Chow: B.S., Research Specialist2022-2023

current position: medical school applicant


Kevin Yin: B.S., Research Specialist2022-2023

current position: Computer Science Graduate Student, Georgia Institute of Technology


Irene Hsu: B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Major, Undergraduate Research, 2021-2023

current position: Advanced EMT with Metro Atlanta Ambulance 

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Se-Yeong Oh, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, 2021 - 2022, Postdoctoral Fellow 2016 - 2021, Rally Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

current position: Senior Scientist, ProFound Therapeutics, Boston, MA

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Elizabeth Young, B.A., Research Specialist, 2020-2022

current position: Medical Scribe, Oak Street Health, Atlanta, GA

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Brain Mott, Discovery  Phase Research, 2020 - 2021

current position: Research Technician

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Nathaniel Boyd, M.S., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020, Translational Neurology T32 awardee, AAAS Science Policy Fellow, Department of Defense, Washington D.C. 2020-2022,

Current position: NCI Program Officer


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


Preston Sheng, B.S., Summer Temporary Research Specialist, 2020

current position: Research Specialist, PhD graduate student in Biological Sciences, Columbia University

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Ashleigh Acker, B.S., Biology Major, Undergraduate Research, 2019-2020

current position: Masters student in Biotechnology at Northwestern University

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Riley Gulbronson, M.S. 4+1 Cancer Biology and Translational, 2018-2020

current position: CDC Epidemiologist

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

current position: M.D./Ph.D. student at Yale University, 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, Ph.D., Graduate Student, Cancer Biology Program, 2018-2019

current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, advisor Dr. Timothy Gershon, 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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Shoeb Lallani, B.S., Research Specialist, 2017-2018

M.D., University of Alabama – Birmingham, 2022

current position: Neurology Residency, Stanford University School of Medicine

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

M.D. student at Medical College of Georgia, 2022

current position: Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency, Morehouse School of Medicine


Joanna Wardwell-Ozgo, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016; Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Kenneth Moberg, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University, 2016-2023

current position: Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University, Georgia

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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: Analytics Program Manager 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: Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS


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

current position: Cell and Gene Therapy Development Director at Charles River


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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

Steven Sloan, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Human Genetics

Emory University

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:


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