LAB TEAM

Current Lab Team Members

Ayelet Ziv Gal

Dr. Ayelet Ziv-Gal

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Assistant Professor

Professional Profile
Email: zivgal1@illinois.edu

Jie Li

Jie Li

GRADUATE STUDENT

Jie earned her Master’s degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University. Since graduating, she worked in a contract organization, assisting in infusion toxicology studies.

Swarna Tisha

GRADUATE STUDENT

Tisha earned her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from Bangladesh. She served as a Visiting Scholar in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (UIUC) before joining our lab. After graduation, Tisha plans to pursue a career in the Biotech industry.

Emily Benedict

Emily Benedict

DVM STUDENT

Emily is a DVM candidate for the class of 2025 at UIUC. She earned her B.S. in Animal Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Findlay. Prior to attending UIUC CVM she worked at a contract research organization assessing general toxicology of pharmaceuticals during their pre-clinical trials. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a residency in laboratory animal medicine.

Hannah Pulcastro

Hannah Pulcastro

DVM STUDENT

Hannah is a DVM canidate for the class of 2026. She completed her B.S. in Neuroscience at Washington State University with minors in biology and mathematics. She also completed an M.P.S. in clinical psychology at University of Maryland. Prior to beginning her DVM studies at UIUC, Hannah worked in several laboratories at WSU and Kennedy Krieger Institute. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in small animal/exotic emergency medicine.

Mackenzie Klein

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Mackenzie is a sophomore in Molecular and Cellular Biology minoring in History. After she graduates, Mackenzie plans on attending medical school where she hopes to continue her pursuits in the biological sciences.

Past Lab Team Members

Matthew Kim

Matthew Kim

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Matthew is majoring in Integrative Biology. After graduating, Matthew plans on going to PA school in hopes to becoming a Physician Assistant in either General Surgery or OB/GYN.

Truman Poteat

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Truman is a Junior in the school of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He joined the lab team in the summer of 2022 helping with experimental work in the lab. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Truman plans to pursue a graduate level degree in biological sciences.

Shelby Lyon

Shelby Lyon

DVM STUDENT

Shelby is a DVM candidate for the class of 2026 at UIUC. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences with minors in Psychology and French from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a residency in laboratory animal medicine.

Noah Fluharty

DVM STUDENT

Noah is a DVM candidate for the class of 2026. He earned his B.A. at Grinnell College majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Neuroscience. Prior to UIUC CVM he worked in a metabolomics lab assessing the biological effects of vitamin B3 precursors in times of metabolic stress. He hopes to pursue a residency in laboratory animal medicine after graduation.

Aleksandra Bysiek

DVM STUDENT

Aleksandra is a DVM candidate for the class of 2025 at UIUC. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in feline medicine.