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The Read Lab

Current Lab Members

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Julia Gonzalez: Julia graudated with a B.S. in Biology at Emory University and is currently a graduate student in 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 science career in translational cancer research. Outside of our lab, Julia loves crocheting, baking, and hanging out with friends.


Kevin Yin: Kevin graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Mathematics, where he studied the role of calcium signaling in modulating neural crest cell migration in Dr. Shuyi Nie's Lab. He has also done previous work on plexiform neurofibromas in Dr. Lu Le's lab of UT Southwestern. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton, cooking desserts, and exploring supermarkets.


Jocelyn Chow: Jocelyn graduated from Emory University with a B.S in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a minor in music. Previously, she has done research on characterizing the genetic abnormalities of pilocytic astrocytomas and IDH-wildtype glioblastomas. She is interested in studying glial cell biology and the genetic pathways of GBM mice models. Outside of the lab, Jocelyn loves cooking, playing tennis, and exploring Atlanta.

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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


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, 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, Summer Temporary Research Specialist, 2020

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

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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 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, 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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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

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: 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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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

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