Moore Lab - People

principal investigator

Kateri Moore, PROFESSOR 

Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology

lab info

212-659-8283 (lab)

212-803-6740 (fax)


Icahn Medical Institute

Floor 13, Room 26
1425 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029

mailing address:

Icahn School of Medicine

One Gustave L. Levy Place

Box 1496

New York, NY 10029-6574


United States

Katz, Suzanna

Suzanna received her BS from Stonybrook University, NY in Psychology-Philosophy and joined the Systems Biology of Disease and Therapeutics MTA at MSSM in 2010. She joined the lab in 2011. Her research focuses on building an in vitro stem cell model of Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria (CEP) - a genetic disorder affecting the heme biosynthetic pathway - by reprogramming patient derived fibroblasts into induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. These self-renewing cells, which contain the genetic identity of the patients, can then be used to elucidate the pathobiology of the disease and to test pharmaceutical/gene therapy interventions.

United States

Kim, Huen Suk

Kim graduated with a BS in Genetic Engineering from Kyung Hee University and a MS in Veterinary Medicine in Seoul National University in Korea. She started her PhD studies in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology track in 2012. She joined the lab in 2013 and is working on the mechanisms of Wnt antagonists in cancer using iPSC from human cancer cells.

South Korea

Lau, Kwun Kit

Kit graduated with MD from Jinan University, China. He received clinical/research training in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. He joined the lab to pursue a PhD in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology. His research is focused on molecules that regulate the pluripotency of stems cells and modeling diseases with stem cells.

Hong Kong

Yuan, Ye (James)

James received his B.S. degree from China Agricultural University in Beijing. After college he decided to focus on stem cell research and was admitted to the DSCB track in the Graudation School of Biomedical Sciences at MSSM in 2010 and joined the Lemischka lab in 2011. His research interest is in decoding epigenetic regulation in pluripotent stem cell biology.


graduate student

Bernitz, Jeffrey

Jeff received his BS from San Diego State University in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Japanese.  He joined the PhD program at Mount Sinai in the fall of 2012 and came to the lab the summer of 2013.  Jeff's research focuses on hematopoietic stem cell dormancy and it's relationship to stem cell self-renewal capacity.

United States

former members

Ang, Yen-Sin

Yen-Sin Ang was a graduate student in the lab from 2007- 2011. He is now a post doc at UCSF in San Francisco in the Gladstone Institute with Deepak Srivastava.


Gingold, Julian

Julian Gingold, MD/PhD is now OB/GYN resident at the Cleveland Clinic.


Hendry, Caroline

Caroline Hendry is now a Reviews Editor at Development - Stem Cells & Regeneration in Cambridge, England.


Qiu, Jiajing

Jiajing Qiu completed her PhD studies in 2013 and is now a post doc with Dr. Ronald Hoffman at Mt. Sinai.


Su, Jessie

Jessie Su completed her PhD studies in 2013 and is now a post doc with Joan Massegue at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY.


Young, Wilson

Wilson Young is now a Cardiology Fellow at Mt.Sinai Heart, NYU Langone Medical Center.


Sevilla, Ana

Ana Sevilla was a post doc in the lab from 2007-2011. She is now working with the New York Stem Cell Foundation.


Freire, Ana

Ana Freire is completing her PhD thesis in Porto, Portugal at the Stem Cell Biology Team at INEB (


Carvajal-Vergara, Xonia

Xonia Carvajal-Vergara was a post doc in the lab from 2007- 2011. She is now the Manager of Cell Reprogramming and Differentiation Platform in Pamplona Area, Spain


Sirabella, Dario

Dario Sirabella was a post-doc in the lab from 2009-2011. He is now the Cardiac Stem Cell Core Manager at Columbia University, NY.


stem cell core

D'Souza, Sunita



Sunita earned her PhD under the mentorship of Gordon Keller in 2005 at MSSM. She remained in Dr. Keller’s lab as a Post Doctoral Fellow to establish a stem cell core facility at Mount Sinai. She assumed full responsibility for the running of the Core under Ihor Lemischka in 2007. The objectives of the Pluripotent Stem Cell Core are to assist scientists with pilot stem cell studies, including the latest methods to generate and differentiate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), create reporter lines using the latest methodologies, provide scientists with tested and heavily discounted stem cell reagents. She is also one of the founding members of Stem Cell COREdinates, a group of Cores that have come together to promote the growth of stem cell science.
(The Web site for direct access to the core is:


Alexeeva, Vera


Vera received a Masters in Biotechnology and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Technological University in St. Petersburg, Russia. She currently works in the Pluripotent Stem Cell Shared Resource Facility where she is focused on the generation of iPS and reporter cell lines using TALEN and CRISPR technology as well as the characterization of ES/iPS cells using other molecular and biochemical techniques.


Leek, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Leek was a Bioinformatician in the lab from 2008-2009. Jeff is now an assistant professor in the Biostatistics Department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore MD.


Daniel, Michael

Mike received his B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology as well as 2 minors in Spanish and Biomedical Research at UCLA. He started the MD/PhD program at Mount Sinai in the summer of 2012 and began his PhD in the summer of 2014. In the lab he is investigating how to efficiently reprogram both mouse and human dermal fibroblasts into hematopoietic stem cells capable of long-term multi-lineage engraftment.

United States

Pereira, Filipe

Filipe left the laboratory in February of 2015 to join the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Coimbra University in Coimbra Portugal as an Assistant Professor and Marie Curie International Fellow.


Rizvi, Hira

Hira left the laboratory in September of 2014 to start a career as a mother and to pursue a Master’s degree.

United States

Christoph Schaniel was with the Lemischka-Moore lab before its inception at MSSM as a research assistant professor. He is now a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics in the Icahn School of Medicine of Mt. Sinai.


Zhou, Hongwei

Hongwei left the laboratory in July 2015 to join the laboratory of Jianlong Wang PhD, who is also in the Black Family Stem Cell Institute and in the Department of Developmental and Regenerative Biology.


Dung-Fang took a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas in Houston Texas in February of 2016.


Lee, Dung-Fang

Darr, Henia

Henia is now working a CRISPR Therapeutics in Boston MA.


Niu, Xiaohong

Xiaohong is now working in a Genomics laboratory at Mount Sinai.


Waghray, Avinash

Nash is now doing post doctoral studies at MGH, Harvard Medical School with Dr. Jayaraj Rajagopal working on mechanisms regulating the development of Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


Hrynyk, Iryna

Iryna Hrynyk is now teaching Biology at a NY College.


Patel, Achchhe L.

Achchhe L. Patel has taken a position in the Stem Cell Core at Columbia University.


Cundiff, Paige

Paige Cundiff has moved to a position in the Genetics and Genomics Dept. here at Sinai.

United States

Papatsenko, Dmitri

Dmitri Papatsenko has taken a position as Assistant Professor in the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow.

Brosh, Ran

Ran Brosh has taken a position as a  post-doc in the laboratory of Thomas Zwaka at Sinai.


Gomes, Andreia

Andreia Gomes has returned to University of Coimbra, Portugal to finish her graduate thesis.


Ayudin, Iraz


Iraz received her PhD from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, her work focused on mouse melanocyte biology and coat color formation. After that she joined Dr. Julide Celebi’s laboratory as a postdoctoral scientist at Columbia University, later they moved to Icahn School of Medicine. She studied novel driver genes in melanomagenesis and developing targeted therapies using transgenic mouse models. In 2015 she joined the Pluripotent Stem Cell Core facility. Her responsibilities include generation iPSC lines in collaboration with different labs and generating differentiated cell types from hESCs and iPSCs.



Liu, Ying

Ying Liu has retired.