Male Drosophila genital imaginal disc during the pupal stage showing mesenchyme-to-epithelial transitions.Drosophila hearts.  The upper one is the heart of a wild type, i.e. normal, fly, while the interesting one below shows what happens when two particular genes of the Forkhead family are defective.  Mutations in the counterparts of these genes cause congenital heart defects in humansBeating cardiomyocytes (heart cells) obtained by directing human induced pluripotent human stem cells (hiPSCs) along the cardiac lineage
 

People

Principal Investigator
Graduate Students  Undergraduates  High School Students  Lab Alumni
Collaborators

Principal Investigator

Dr Shaad M Ahmad

Shaad M. Ahmad, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Faculty, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email:  Shaad.Ahmad@indstate.edu

Education
B.A., Princeton University
Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Research Interests
Cardiogenesis (heart development); Organogenesis; Transcriptional regulatory networks; Signaling pathways; Systems biology; Developmental biology; Computational biology; Genetics; Functional genomics

Teaching Interests
BIO 112 – Human Aspects of Biology
BIO 210 – Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
BIO 417/517 – Cellular and Molecular Biology I
BIO 461/561 – Embryology
BIO 461L/561L – Embryology Lab
BIO 660 – Seminar: Grant Preparation
BIO 680 – Seminar: Evolution and Genetics

Graduate Students

Andrew J. Kump

Andrew J. Kump
Graduate Student, Department of Biology
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email:  akump@sycamores.indstate.edu

Education
B.S., Indiana State University

Research Interests
Cardiac progenitor cell specification; Cardiac progenitor cell division; Cytokinesis

Manoj Panta

Manoj Panta​
Graduate Student, Department of Biology
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email:  mpanta@sycamores.indstate.edu

Education
B.S., Kathmandu University
M.S., Nepalgunj Medical College, Kathmandu University

Research Interests
Cardiac cell positioning and heart lumen formation; Specification and differentiation of cardiac cell subtypes; Cardiovascular physiology

Undergraduate Students

Jonathan R. Staley

Jonathan R. Staley
Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email: jstaley9@sycamores.indstate.edu

Research Interests
Genetics; Psychology

Caithlin Helle

Caithlin M. Helle
Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email:  chelle@sycamores.indstate.edu

Sierra Crowe

Sierra A. Crowe
Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email:  scrowe4@sycamores.indstate.edu

Research Interests
Genetics; Reproductive physiology

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Evelyn C. McGuire
Undergraduate Student, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email: emcguire4@sycamores.indstate.edu

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Tejas P. Kandharkar
Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email: tkandkarkar@sycamores.indstate.edu

 

High School Student

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Charissa K. Chow
Student, Terre Haute South Vigo High School
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy

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Ishreet K. Lehal
Student, Terre Haute South Vigo High School
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy

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Angelina R. Dalloul
Student, Terre Haute South Vigo High School
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy

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Clara M. Westcott
Student, Terre Haute South Vigo High School
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy

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Aadil S. Parvaz
Student, Terre Haute South Vigo High School
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy

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Ananya Gera
Student, Terre Haute South Vigo High School
Student Member, The Center for Genomic Advocacy

 

Lab Alumni

Leah Beth Carter

Leah Beth Carter
Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher in the Ahmad Lab
Current Position: Medical Student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine

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Kennedy A. Camden
Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher in the Ahmad Lab

Mason B. Gay

Mason B. Gay
Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher in the Ahmad Lab
Current Position: Medical Student at the Indiana University School of Medicine

John M. Dalloul

John M. Dalloul
Previous Position: High School Student Researcher in the Ahmad Lab
Current Position: Undergraduate Student at Stanford University

Harjas Singh

Harjas Singh
Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher in the Ahmad Lab
Current Position: Medical Student at the Indiana University School of Medicine

Takoda M. Sons

Takoda M. Sons
Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher in the Ahmad Lab
Current Position: Medical Student at the Indiana University School of Medicine

Collaborators

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Kristopher Schwab, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana State University
Faculty, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email:  Kris.Schwab@indstate.edu

Research Interests
Molecular, genetic, and epigenetic regulation of gene expression during embryonic development, differentiation, and disease; cardiogenesis

Catherine E. Steding, Ph.D

Catherine E. Steding, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana State University
Faculty, The Center for Genomic Advocacy
Email:  Catherine.Steding@indstate.edu

Research Interests
Gene expression and regulation in hematological malignancies and breast cancer; Tumor immunology; Interplay between cancer cells and the tumor microenvironment; cardiogenesis