Elizabeth Lawlor, MD, PhD
Phone: (734) 615-4405
Office: NCRC building 520, Room 1352
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 since 2010 has been at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Hobbies: Hiking, travel, cats, good food & wine
Ramón Ocadiz Ruiz, PhD
Research Investigator, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology
Ramón obtained a Masters and PhD in Molecular Pathology from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav, Mexico) studying virulence factors of E. histolytica. He then worked at the University of Michigan as a postdoc studying the role of ZBP-89 in colon cancer in the Merchant’s Lab. He is currently in Dr. Lawlor’s group and is interested in understanding how Menin contributes in the development and maintenance of Ewing sarcoma.
Hobbies: outdoor activities with my daughter and wife, soccer, travel, photography and music
Kelsey Temprine, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology
Kelsey received her bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin before spending a year as a post-baccalaureate IRTA trainee in Dr. Hari Shroff’s super-resolution microscopy lab at the National Institutes of Health. She then received a PhD in Cancer Biology from the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. There Kelsey studied the role of stress-induced mutagenesis in tumor progression and drug resistance using human melanoma cell lines and a zebrafish model of melanoma. Her current work in the lab focuses on understanding how interactions between the tumor and bone microenvironment promote a more aggressive phenotype in Ewing sarcoma.
Hobbies: crocheting, baking, science outreach, volleyball, and ice cream
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.
Hobbies: Crocheting, Biking, Snowboarding, and being around animals
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. Her research focuses on understanding the metabolic reprograming that occurs in Ewing sarcoma to promote tumorigenicity. She is specifically interested in the scaffolding protein menin, and its role in the activation of the serine biosynthetic pathway (SSP), a critical metabolic pathway that’s aberrantly activated in many cancers.
Hobbies: Latin dance, cooking, running, and exploring new places.
Research Lab Specialist
Sudha loves doing research and has been since 1989. She currently is the lab manager for the Lawlor Lab. She enjoys working with the dynamic group of people and making sure the work in the lab goes smoothly. She trains students and loves to see them grow.
Hobbies: When she is not working she likes to go for long walks and have fun with family and friends.
Wei Jiang, PhD
Research Lab Specialist, Senior
Wei received her bachelors and master’s degree in engineering in China and then pursued her PhD in Australia studying the interaction of protein and affinity ligands. Then, driven by the urge to connect her basic research to the “real life”, she moved to the field of translational cancer research in the USA. She is currently in charge of the in vivo studies on the mechanisms of Ewing sarcoma tumorigenesis and metastasis in Lawlor lab.
Hobbies: Her hobby is cooking since she likes making food for her family and friends. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, and spends alone time reading, crafting, and making jewelry.
Tahra (Luther) Suhan, MS
Tahra received her BS in Zoology from Michigan State University and her MS in Molecular Cellular and Development Biology from the University of Michigan. She worked at the University of Michigan with the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), after which she was recruited to serve as the Assistant Program Manager of Dr. Max Wicha’s cancer stem cell research laboratory at the University of Michigan. She was then recruited as lab manager to Dr. Cliff Cho’s cancer immunotherapy lab and now enjoys continuing her research career in the Lawlor lab focusing on in vivo studies on the mechanisms of Ewing sarcoma tumorigenesis and metastasis.
Hobbies: volunteering, spending time with her hubby Dan and sweet fur baby Cedella (a little Schipperke), hanging out with family and friends, movies, reading.
Sydney graduated from the University of Michigan in 2019 with a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a minor in Music. In the lab, she is investigating the role of Wnt and TGF-beta in promoting Ewing sarcoma metastasis and in the interaction with the tumor microenvironment.
Hobbies: volunteering, playing musical instruments, and spending time with family and friends
Josh is pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience anticipated in April 2022. In the lab, he is investigating the role of Bromodomain and Extra-Terminal motif (BET) inhibitors in preventing Ewing sarcoma metastasis.
Hobbies: Josh enjoys playing soccer, spending time with friends and family, walking his dog, and personal fitness.
Past Lab Members
Andrew is finishing his senior year as a UM undergraduate.
Sonja is finishing her senior year as a UM undergraduate.
Abhi is currently applying for Medical School.
Elise Pfaltzgraff, PhD
Elise is currently the Education Coordinator in the Rogel Cancer Center Office of Education and Training.
Allegra Hawkins, PhD
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.
Laurie Svoboda, PhD
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.
Hobbies: Fly fishing, wine, amateur botany
Melanie Krook, PhD
Graduate Student, Cancer Biology
Melanie is currently working as a post-doc at Ohio State.
Katherine Ryland, PhD
Graduate Student, Pharmacology
Katherine is currently working at Jannsen Pharmaceuticals.
Ashley Harris, M
Raelene Van Noord, MS
Raelene currently works at the University of Michigan doing work with Clinical Trials.
Jack Mosher, PhD
Associate Research Scientist