LAB TEAM

DR. JODI FLAWS

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Professor, Comparative Biosciences
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program
Co-Director, Summer Undergraduate Research in Toxicology (SureTOX) Program
Email:jflaws@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 333-7933

Folliculogenesis

Grace Borkowski

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Grace Borkowski is an undergraduate research assistant. She is a junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She is hoping to either continue with research after graduation or attend medical school.

gkb2@illinois.edu

Emily Brehm

VISITING VETERINARY RESEARCH SPECIALIST

Emily Brehm is a technician in the lab. She obtained her B.S. from Eastern Illinois University in Biological Sciences.  She has worked in the lab since 2014, and helps the lab manager and students with various tasks and projects.

esbrehm@illinois.edu

Karen Chiu

PHD STUDENT

Karen is a PhD student with a background in nutrition. She obtained her B.S. in Food Science & Human Nutrition and minor in Chemistry here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on the impact and mechanism of phthalate exposures on the ovary. In addition, she studies the impact of various chemicals including water disinfection by-products on the gut microbiome.

kkchiu2@illinois.edu

Kathy De La Torre

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Kathy De La Torre is an undergraduate research assistant. She is sophomore majoring in Biochemistry with the hopes of going to medical school after graduation.

kathymd2@illinois.edu

Liying Gao

RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Liying Gao is the lab manager. She joined the lab since 2008.  She makes sure the lab runs smoothly and helps with all ongoing projects.

lgao@illinois.edu

Sarah Gill

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

I am a junior majoring in Integrative Biology Honors and minoring in Chemistry. In the future, I hope to go to school for Veterinary Medicine.

sagill2@illinois.edu

Andressa Varella Gonsioroski

PHD STUDENT

Andressa Varella Gonsioroski is a current Ph.D. student in the lab. She acquired her Master’s Degree at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Brasil in Animal Reproduction and Reproduction Biotechniques where she studied the effects of sublethal stress on cryopreserved bovine embryos. She obtained her Veterinary Medicine degree at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. Her current project focuses on how exposure to water disinfection by-products affects female reproduction.

avg5@illinois.edu

Nicole Hasan

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Nicole is an undergraduate research assistant. She is a junior majoring in Animal Sciences and hopes to attend veterinary school after graduation.

nehasan2@illinois.edu

Mary Laws

Mary Laws

RESEARCH COORDINATOR

Mary received her Ph.D. and completed a postdoc position in breast cancer research. She joined the Flaws lab in 2020.

marylaws@illinois.edu

Yuna Lee

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Yuna is an undergraduate research assistant in the lab. She is undeclared as a freshman but is interested in pursuing chemistry or a major within the sciences. In the future, she hopes to go to pharmacy school or do some sort of pharmaceutical research.

ylee294@illinois.edu

Dr. Daryl Meling

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Daryl Meling is a postdoc who earned a PhD at the University of Illinois in Biochemistry. His undergraduate studies were at Iowa State University. Some of his recent work has been in several laboratories that study activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes and that study signal transduction through kinases. Currently, he is investigating the effects of various phthalates on signal transduction in the ovary.

dmeling@illinois.edu

Vasiliki (Vicki) Mourikes

DVM-PHD STUDENT

Vicki Mourikes is a DVM-PhD Student. She is an alumnus of the Integrative Biology Honors Program at UIUC where she completed an undergraduate thesis on the catalytic and structural diversity of honeybee Cytochrome P450s. Currently, she is investigating the effects of environmental contaminants on human, animal, and environmental health.

mourike2@illinois.edu

karen

Deniz Namik

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Deniz is an undergraduate research assistant. She is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Spanish. She hopes to attend dental school upon graduation.

dnamik2@illinois.edu

Alison Neff

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Alison Neff is a post doc who earned her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Dr. Milan Bagchi. Her graduate research investigated progesterone regulated factors in the uterus and their functions during early pregnancy. Prior to that, she earned her Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with Dr. Laura Murphy investigating the anticancer potential of ginseng and its bioactive components. Currently, she is exploring the mechanism of action of phthalates on ovarian function.

hantak@illinois.edu

Jason Szumski

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Jason is an undergraduate research assistant. He is a senior majoring in Animal Sciences and hopes to go to Veterinary School after graduation.

szumski2@illinois.edu

Dr. Genoa Warner

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Genoa Warner is a postdoc in the lab. She did her PhD at Carnegie Mellon University in Chemistry with Prof Terry Collins where she studied the catalytic breakdown of endocrine disruptors in water. She obtained her B.S. from Yale University in Chemistry. Her current project focuses on the metabolic capacity of the ovary using an environmentally relevant phthalate mixture.

genoa@illinois.edu

Jessica Yue

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Jessica is an undergraduate research assistant in the Psychology Department studying Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry. She is hoping to either continue on to graduate school focusing on epidemiology or attend medical school.

jyue3@illinois.edu

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