Lab Members

Lab Members

Vincent "Vinnie" Tagliabracci, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Vince Tagliabracci
Vincent Tagliabracci, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology

Dr. Tagliabracci received his B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Indianapolis. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Indiana University, where he worked with Dr. Peter Roach. As a graduate student, Vinnie made several important contributions to understanding how elevated levels of glycogen phosphate cause Lafora disease, a deadly form of epilepsy.

In 2010, Vinnie joined the laboratory of Dr. Jack Dixon as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego. There, he discovered a novel family of secreted kinases that phosphorylate proteins destined for secretion from the cell. As part of this work, he identified Fam20C as the bona fide Golgi casein kinase, an enzyme that escaped identification for many years. 

In 2015, he joined the faculty at UT Southwestern as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, where he is an Endowed Scholar in Medical Science.

Vinnie is the recipient of the Esther L. Kinsley dissertation award from Indiana University School of Medicine, a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award from the National Institutes of Health, and Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Member award.

Anju Sreelatha
Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.

Anju Sreelatha
Postdoctoral Researcher

Anju did her graduate work with Dr. Kim Orth in the department of Molecular Biology at UT Southwestern. As a graduate student, Anju discovered the mechanism by which the Vibrio parahaemolyticus effector protein, VopQ, manipulates host cell signaling. Her current research focuses on understanding the functional implications of secreted protein phosphorylation by Fam20C.

 
Anju Sreelatha
Samantha Yee

Samantha Yee
Research Technician

Before joining the Tagliabracci lab, Sam attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and graduated with a B.S. Honors in Biology and a Chemistry minor. As an undergraduate, she researched in Dr. Alex Schreiber’s Laboratory of Vertebrate Metamorphosis, and focused on the Influence of Thyroid Hormone and Cortisol on Thymus Development in Xenopus laevis.

 
Greg Urquhart
Greg Urquhart

Greg Urquhart
Lab Manager/Technician

Greg is a joint lab manager/technician for the Jewell and Tagliabracci Labs. Greg has an AAS degree in biotechnology from Collin College. He has been at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2001.

 
Kenny
Brenden "Kenny" Park

Brenden "Kenny" Park
Graduate Student

Kenny received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He did his undergraduate research in the laboratory of Jack E. Dixon at UCSD and in the laboratory of William Schief at The Scripps Research Institute. 

 
Victor Lopez
Victor Lopez

Victor Lopez
Graduate Student

Victor received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He did his undergraduate research in the laboratory of Antonio De Maio, where he studied the interaction of heat shock proteins with lipid bilayers.