Lab members

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

Timothy Duerr is a postdoctoral researcher studying limb patterning and nerve dependency of limb regeneration. Tim earned his BS in Biology from SUNY Cortland in 2017 and his PhD in Biology from Northeastern University in 2021.

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.

Jackson Griffiths is a third-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.

Melissa Miller is a second-year graduate student studying how nerves affect gene expression in regenerating axolotl limbs. She holds a BS in Biology and Mathematics (’21) from Northeastern University.

Current and 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, David Stein, Antonio Villanueva, Ben Simpson, Ari Zlota, Sage Kumar, Owen Spencer, Shashank Madarapu, Katarnut Tobunluepop, Anna Markert, Christine Panza, Faiza Anas, Jessica Saporita, Katelyn Stone, Melanie Villalobos Garcia

Former postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Johanna Farkas

Former graduate students

Dr. Johanna Farkas (PhD in 2017), Dr. Piril Erler (PhD in 2017), Dr. Polina Freitas (PhD in 2018), Dr. Alexander Lovely (PhD in 2021), Ari Lechsinska (M.S. in 2021), Dr. Timothy Duerr (PhD in 2021), Dr. Anastasia Yandulskaya-Blue (PhD in 2022)

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, Antonio Villanueva, Paula Espinoza