Current Lab Members

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Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Associate Director of Cancer Biology
Co-Center Director for Basic and Translational Science in the Ben Towne Center, Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI)

Office: SCRI-Olive Lab 225

Dr. Lawlor received her M.D. from McMaster in 1989 and her PhD in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine from UBC in 2002. She completed clinical training in Pediatrics, at CHEO, and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship, at BC Children’s. She then pursued post-doctoral research training at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lawlor began her independent lab at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California in 2004, and was at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 2010-2020. In June 2020, she joined the Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Seattle, WA.

Hobbies: Hiking, travel, cats, good food & wine


April Apfelbaum


Graduate Student, Cancer Biology

April completed her bachelor’s at Beloit College, WI and received a degree in Cellular, Molecular, and Integrative Biology. She is currently in the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Michigan in the lab of Beth Lawlor. Her research focuses on understanding how hijacking of normal developmental pathways lead to oncogenesis in Ewing Sarcoma (ES). She is interested in the role of the posterior HOX genes, specifically HOXD13, in ES and how they promote tumorigenicity. She is completing her PhD as a University of Michigan student at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Seattle, WA. 

Hobbies: Crocheting, Biking, Snowboarding, and being around animals


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Graduate Student, Cancer Biology

Jennifer graduated from Oberlin College in 2017 with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She joined the Lawlor lab in 2018 and is completing her PhD in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program as a Rackham Merit Fellow and recipient of the NIH F31 predoctoral fellowship award. Her research focuses on understanding the metabolic reprograming that occurs in Ewing sarcoma to promote tumorigenicity. She is completing her PhD at the University of Michigan, under the co-mentorship of Dr. Lawlor and Dr. Costas Lyssiotis.

Hobbies: Latin dance, cooking, running, and exploring new places.


Shireen Ganapathi, MDGanapathipic

Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellow

Shireen received her M.D. from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 2016. She went on to complete her clinical pediatric residency training at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2019. She is currently a pediatric hematology-oncology fellow at Seattle Children’s Hospital who will be joining the Lawlor lab as a research fellow. Prior to her medical training, Shireen worked at the Cleveland Clinic focusing on the genomics behind cancer predisposition syndromes, and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine understanding the role of epigenetic changes and DNA damage in aging.

Hobbies: Camping, hiking, traveling, and discovering delicious new food.


Kate Braun, PhDimage0

Senior Research Scientist

Kate received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1998.  Her work as a graduate student and a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory focused on understanding the mechanism of DNA replication in eukaryotes.  In subsequent postdoctoral work at Fred Hutchinson Research Center she studied cell cycle regulation in yeast.  As a research scientist at the University of Washington she studied the regulation of gene expression in response to changing nutrient conditions in yeast.  Kate moved to the Fred Hutchinson Research Center to study chemoresistance in breast cancer using patient derived organoids as a senior research scientist.

Hobbies:  Running, hiking, snowshoeing, bread baking, reading and spending time with my family.


Nicolas Garcia,MSScreen Shot 2020-09-23 at 1.39.11 PM

Senior Research Scientist

Nicolas was born and raised in France and worked at the ENS Lyon before moving to the United States in 2010. He conducted research on Flavivirus at the Center for Vaccine Research of Pittsburgh and then moved to the West Coast at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to work on T-cell therapy for solid and liquid tumors before joining Seattle Children’s.

Hobbies: Hiking and snowshoeing, his little one, and board games.


Mohamed Ahmed, PhDMohamed

Postdoctoral Researcher

Mohamed received his B.S. (2005) and M.Sc. (2011) in Biochemistry from Tanta University in Egypt and his PhD in Malignant Diseases from the Medical University of Vienna, Austria (2016). In 2017, he joined the Vassilopoulos’s lab at Northwestern University in Chicago as a postdoctoral fellow focusing on identifying novel targets/pathways regulated by Sirtuins and elucidating their function in maintaining cellular homeostasis. He then moved to Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope (Monrovia, CA) as a postdoctoral fellow in Müschen Lab, where he studied oncogenic signaling and clonal evolution in B cell malignancies, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In 2020,  he joined Lawlor Lab to investigate and understand the metabolic reprograming that mediate and promote survival and dissemination of Ewing sarcoma cells.

Hobbies:  Traveling and exploring new places, walking, hiking, and playing Table Tennis.


Past Lab Members

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Research Investigator, Pediatrics 



Kelsey Temprine, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology

Kelsey is continuing her Post-doc in the lab of Dr. Yatrik Shah.




Sudha SudIMG_4863

Research Lab Specialist


Wei Jiang, PhDIMG_4865

Research Lab Specialist, Senior

Wei is currently working in the lab of Dr. Christina Angeles.


My profile pic.jpgTahra (Luther) Suhan, MS

Lab Manager

Tahra is currently working in the lab of Dr. Goutham Narla



Sydney Treichel59365128_2099610423469757_7131564891726413824_n

Undergraduate student then Research Technician

Sydney is pursuing her MD/PhD as a part of the MSTP at the University of Cinicinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s.



Josh Bradin

Undergraduate student

Josh is pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience anticipated in April 2022.



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Undergraduate student

Andrew is finishing his senior year as a UM undergraduate.



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Undergraduate student

Sonja is finishing her senior year as a UM undergraduate.




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Lab tech

Abhi is currently applying for Medical School.



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Elise is currently the Education Coordinator in the Rogel Cancer Center Office of Education and Training.



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Cancer Biology Graduate Student

Ally is currently doing her post-doctoral fellowship in Dan Landau’s lab at Weill Cornell Medicine where she works on developing novel single-cell spatial transcriptomics technologies to better understand how tumor cells communicate with the local microenvironment. 


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Laurie is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.


Beth Pedersen, MD, PhD


MSTP Student, Pathology

Beth worked on the Wnt signaling pathway and its contribution to Ewing sarcoma pathogenesis, with a particular focus on the heterogeneous nature of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling and the interactions between Wnt signaling and EWS/ETS fusion proteins.

Beth is currently starting her Dermatology residency at the University of Michigan.



Melanie Krook, PhDIMG_9194_MElanie.jpg

Cancer Biology Graduate Student 

Melanie is currently working as a post-doc at Ohio State.


Katherine Ryland, PhD


Pharmacology Graduate Student

Katherine is currently working at Janssen Pharmaceuticals.


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Laboratory Technician


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Lab Manager



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Lab Manager

Raelene currently works at the University of Michigan doing work with Clinical Trials.



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Associate Research Scientist