Lab Members

John A. Pulikkan

Associate Investigator



Therese Jensen

Administrative Assistant



Prashant Tarale

Postdoctoral Fellow

Prashant Tarale completed a joint Ph.D. program from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and National Environmental Engineering Institute (CSIR-NEERI), Nagpur University, India. His PhD research was supported by Newton-Bhabha research fellowship and funding from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India. His research elucidated potential role of altered epigenetic landscape in manganese induced Parkinson’s disease. Prashant joined the Pulikkan Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in May 2019. His research focusses on understanding long non-coding RNA function in granulopoiesis. 

Philomina Sona

Research Technologist


Philomina Sona earned her MSc in Microbiology from the Kandaswami Kandar's College, Periyar University, India. Sona worked at Dr. Gerhard Behre’s laboratory at Martin Luther University, Germany investigating microRNA function in CEBPA mutated AML. Later, she worked at Dr. Brian Lewis’s laboratory at University of Massachusetts Medical school, where she explored mechanism of KRAS-Induced Pancreatic Tumorigenesis. Sona joined the Pulikkan Lab as a Research Technologist in December 2018 and is interested in studying histone isoforms and histone variants in AML.   

Anju Thomas 

Research Technologist


Anju Thomas did her Ph.D from the National Institute of Nutrition, Osmania University , India. Her research showed that maternal magnesium deficiency impaired glucocorticoid programming in the wistar rat offspring by altered promoter methylation of HSD11B1 and Leptin which causes obesity and insulin resistance due to chronic stress and inflammation.  Her interest in cancer research has made her focus on Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Her research interest is to characterize long non-coding RNAs in CEBPA mutated AML.   

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