Lab Members

Dr. James Monaghan is the principal investigator and an assistant professor of biology. He received his BA from DePauw University and his PhD from the University of Kentucky. He joined Northeastern University in 2012.

Dr. Ester Comellas is a postdoctoral researcher at the Shefelbine and Monaghan groups. She investigates the mechanobiology of joint formation using axolotl and computational models. Dr. Comellas received her PhD from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Anastasia Yandulskaya is a fifth-year graduate student. Her research project focuses on retinal regeneration in the axolotl. She received her BA in Neuroscience from Colgate University in 2016.

Tim Duerr is a fourth-year graduate student. He studies limb patterning, nerve dependency of limb regeneration, and mechanobiology of joint formation. Tim earned his BS in Biology from SUNY Cortland in 2017.

Jackson Griffiths is a first-year graduate student. He researches nerve dependency in limb regeneration, hypertranscription, lung regeneration, and application of V3 HCR FISH to mouse and human tissues. He has a BA in Cell and Molecular Biology (’19) from Northeastern University.

Undergraduate student researchers

Antonio Villanueva, Ben Simpson, Ari Zlota, Sage Kumar, Owen Spencer, Shashank Madarapu

Lab alumni

Former postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Johanna Farkas

Former graduate students

Dr. Johanna Farkas (PhD in 2017; now faculty at Northeastern University), Dr. Piril Erler (PhD in 2017; now a postdoc at Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Dr. Polina Freitas (PhD in 2018; now a laboratory manager at Apic Bio), Dr. Alexander Lovely (PhD in 2021), Ari Lechsinska (M.S. in 2021)

Former undergraduate student researchers

Lauren Byrnes, Alexander Miller, Oliver Mithoefer, Matthew Nguyen, Pankhuri Singhal, Jerusha Thedsanamoorthy, Erica Silk, Donna Perruzza, Lauren Keogh, Ori Feldman, Dan Humphrey, Jen Obrigewitch, Kyra McDonough, Evangeline Fachon, Sarah Neshat, Ben Weaver, Nicole Ochandarena, Rahgi Abaza, Adeleso Adesina, Grace Severance, Natalie Grace Schulz, Peter Giunta, Tommy Chen, Charlie Fox, Ian O’Shea, Brenda Yeung, Caroline Davis, Ken Mochizuki, Hilary Wong, Andy Martinez, Melissa Miller, Colter Brainard, Evan Mun, David Stein, Aditya Gautham, Danielle Douglas, Yaa Kyeremateng, Liam Kerrick, Connor Malloy, Brian Shim, Eun Kyung Jeon

Former co-op employees

Panagiotis Katsaros, Eric Rabinowitz, Jason Langshaw, Ori Feldman, Kelsey Christopher, Tyler Jensen, Eun Kyung Jeon

Former visiting researchers

Alexandra Sweeney, Andres Breton, Carlos Diaz, Sami Golla, Nolan Moy, Caitlin O’Malley, Lucie Schroeder, Tyler Jensen, Linnea Tscheuschner, Marylou Joetzjer, David Görg

Former Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) students

Chris Joannis, Georgia Marquez, Briana Lino, Jorge Murillo, Kelsha Sanchez, Jordan Bernard, Andrew Scharf, Ke’Yona Barton, Breanna Chandler, Kofi Acheampong, Maja Johnson, Juliana Benitez