About Us

Meet The Lab

Jingfei Chen
Graduate Student/Visiting Junior Fellow
Research Interest: Fetal signaling and gestational changes in the decidual immune landscape 
Youn-Tae Kwak, Ph.D. (UT Austin)
Research Scientist
Research Interest: Genomic and epigenomic regulation in trophoblast differentiation and in myometrial quiescence and contractility
Ritu Mishra, Ph.D. (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Interest: Mechanisms in fetal lung development, type II cell differentiation and function
Alina Montalbano, Ph.D. (UT Southwestern)
Research Instructor
Research Interests: Fetal immune cell signaling in the timing of parturition; novel genes and pathways in the initiation of parturition  
Kyunghee (Katie) Hong, Ph.D. (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Interests: Regulation of immune modulator expression and function in human trophoblasts
Afshan Fathima Nawas, Ph.D. (UT Dallas)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Interest: Immune mechanisms in non-small cell lung cancer pathogenesis
Jo Smith
Lab Manager