Yana Kamberov Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

​Yana is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania from which she received her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Anthropology, reflecting a deeply held interest in understanding the biological basis for how humans have evolved.  She went on to carry out her graduate work in developmental and chemical biology as a student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Malcolm Whitman. Upon completing her doctorate Yana became a post-doc in the lab of Cliff Tabin in the Genetics Department of Harvard Medical School. Yana's research focused on the genetic basis for the  evolution of adaptive human skin traits and the biological mechanisms that control the development and patterning of skin appendages, bridging developmental with evolutionary genetics and genomics. In pursing this interdisciplinary endeavor Yana was fortunate to have Pardis Sabeti an evolutionary geneticist  at Harvard and the Broad Institute, Dan Lieberman an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University and Bruce Morgan a developmental biologist specializing in skin appendage formation as co-mentors.

Yana joined the Departments of Genetics and Dermatology at Penn in 2016 where her lab's research focuses on the genetic mechanisms governing the development and evolution of skin and reproductive traits.

Contact:

yana2@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Blerina Kokalari V.M.D.

Research Specialist

Blerina is a  graduate of the University of Tirana and holds a degree in veterinary sciences. Her project focuses on the physical and genetic cues governing the morphogenesis of ectodermal appendages.

Contact:

bldu@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Daniel Aldea Ph.D.

Post-doctoral researcher

Daniel is a graduate of the University of Concepcion in Chile from which he received a Bachelor's  degree in Biochemistry with Honors. He continued his studies at the University of Concepcion to complete his M.Sc. in the laboratory of Sylvain Marcellini where he studied the genetic changes leading to the evolution of the vertebrate bone matrix. Daniel was awarded a CONICYT Becas Chile Scholarship to undertake his doctoral studies in France under the mentorship of Hector Escriva at the University Pierre and Marie Curie at the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer. Here Daniel's research focused uncovering the origin of the vertebrate head through studies in the chordate amphioxus. Reflecting his long-held interest in evolutionary biology, Daniel's post-doctoral research focuses on the role of non-coding elements in the development and evolution of derived human skin traits.

Contact:

daldea@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Adam Aharoni

Undergraduate researcher

Adam is a Junior at Penn studying Biology. He was born and raised in New York. Adam's research focuses on the genetic mechanisms leading to fate specification in the skin. In addition to working in the lab, he enjoys connecting with nature, writing poetry, and ballroom dancing.

Contact:

aaharoni@sas.upenn.edu

Alumni

Jessica Chotiner

Rotation student - Winter 2018

Cell Physiology and Metabolism graduate group

Dan Ju

Rotation student -Spring 2018

Genetics and Epigenetics graduate group

Bailey Warder

Rotation student - Fall 2018

Genetics and Epigenetics graduate group

Isabel Breier

Undergraduate studnet - Spring/Summer 2018

© 2017 by Yana Kamberov

www.kamberovlab.com

Department of Genetics

Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, USA