Emerging Faculty

Rajeshwary Ghosh, PhD.

Dr. Ghosh completed her PhD from the University of Calcutta, India, and post-doctoral training at the University of California, Davis, and University of South Dakota. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, College of Health, at the University of Utah, embedded in Dr. J. David Symon’s and Dr. Sihem Boudina’s laboratories. Dr. Ghosh’s research focuses on delineating the mechanisms of protein degradation pathways (macroautophagy, chaperone-mediated autophagy and proteasomal pathways) in the amelioration of cardiac pathologies.

 

Jingtao Guo, PhD.

Dr. Guo completed his post-doctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Bradley Cairns and Dr. Douglas Carrell at the University of Utah. Dr. Guo joined faculty as an Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and is embedded in Dr. Corrine Welt’s laboratory in Molecular Medicine. Dr. Guo’s research focuses on using a combination of single-cell genomic, molecular and cell biology approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the normal process of testis development and physiology (such as puberty and aging), as well as testis-related pathology (such as infertility and testicular cancer).

 

Collin Merrill, PhD.

Dr. Merrill completed his Ph.D. at Brigham Young University and post-doctoral training at the University of California, Irvine and at the University of Utah. He is currently a Research Instructor embedded in the lab of Dr. Adrian Rothenfluh. Dr. Merrill is investigating how the cellular chromatin state regulates genes underlying alcohol abuse disorder using single-cell and tissue-level Assay for Transposase-Accessible Chromatin by sequencing (ATAC-seq), molecular biology, and behavior. He is particularly interested in how single-neuron activity influences behavior.

 

Candace M. Reno, PhD.

Dr. Reno completed her PhD training at Washington University in St. Louis and a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University and the University of Utah. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes at the University of Utah, embedded in Dr. Simon Fisher’s laboratory in Molecular Medicine. Dr. Reno’s research is focused on novel mechanisms dissecting how hypoglycemia during diabetes promotes fatal cardiac arrhythmias.