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

Rachel Angles

VETERINARY RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Rachel Angles is a DVM student at University of Illinois. She obtained her B.S. from Illinois State University in Biochemistry and Zoological Science after completing an undergraduate thesis on in ovo steroid metabolism in chickens. She is currently studying the reproductive effects of phthalate ingestion.

rangles2@illinois.edu

Emily Brehm

PHD STUDENT

Emily Brehm is a PhD student in the lab. She obtained her B.S. from Eastern Illinois University in Biological Sciences. She has worked in the lab since 2014 starting as a technician, and she started her PhD in the lab in the fall of 2017. Her research focuses on how prenatal exposure to phthalates may accelerate reproductive aging in a multiple and/or transgenerational manner in female mice.

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

Justin Chiu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Justin is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Animal Science. He hopes to go to veterinary school in the future.

jkchiu4@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

Ashley Deviney

VETERINARY RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Ashley is a DVM candidate for the class of 2024. She earned her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Kansas State University in 2014. Since graduating, she worked for two small contract research organizations, which allowed her to participate in a wide array of in vivo studies used in industrial pharmaceutical research. She holds certification as a Laboratory Animal Technician through AALAS and hopes to pursue laboratory animal medicine after graduation.”

deviney2@illinois.edu

Allison DuPont

VETERINARY RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Allison DuPont is a third year veterinary student. Her undergraduate studies were done at the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Biology with minors in Psychology and Nutrition. After veterinary school, she hopes to pursue a fellowship and residency program in laboratory animal medicine with a focus on non human primates.

adupont3@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

Zane Inman

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Zane is an undergraduate research assistant.

zinman2@illinois.edu

Stav Kramer

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Stav is a sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and hopes to go to medical school.

stavk2@illinois.edu

Mary Laws

Dr. 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 a junior majoring in Animal Science and hopes to go to veterinary school in the future.

ylee294@illinois.edu

Ixzacil Marquez

VETERINARY RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Ixzacil Marquez is a current second year veterinary medicine student. She earned her Master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University in Chicago prior to enrolling at UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine. She hopes to pursue a career in Lab Animal Medicine.

 imarqu4@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

Dr. 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

Dr. Ramsés Santacruz

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Ramsés is a postdoc in the lab. He earned his PhD at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Mexico City. As a PhD student, he evaluated the effects of some of the most used nanoparticles on ovarian functions. Prior to that, he earned his master’s degree at CINVESTAV evaluating bisphenol A effects in the cumulus oocyte complex communication. Currently, Ramses is interested in evaluating the effects and mechanisms involved in ovarian function disruption induced by phthalates.

ramseses@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

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