About Us

Lab Members

Taylor Davidson
Research Associate
Taylor.Davidson@UTSouthwestern.edu

Taylor Davidson

Taylor is a Dallas native (Garland, TX). He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015 with his BS and then started working in Dr. Moe’s lab in 2016. He also achieved a MS in 2017 from the University of Texas at Dallas during that time. He is involved in a mixture of projects including the pathophysiology of uric acid nephrolithiasis and the role of renal lipids, Klotho, erythropoietin receptor and SWSAP1 (RopE), distal renal tubular acidosis, and many more with most of them utilizing mouse work. When he’s not in the lab you can find him mostly on a golf course or thinking about being on one. He was recently married and enjoys weight lifting, sports, and being outdoors. Ask me to go golf!

Christine Deisl, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Christine.Deisl@UTSouthwestern.edu

Christine Deisl, PhD

Fabiola Gianella, MD
Visiting Senior Researcher
Fabiola.Gianella@UTSouthwestern.edu

Fabiola Gianella, MD

Fabiola is a Peruvian doctor that enjoys doing clinical research and database analysis in Mineral Metabolism. Always learning something new.

In her free time she practices hot yoga, kundalini yoga and cycling.

Ibrahim Ibrahim
Research Assistant I
Ibrahim.Ibrahim2@UTSouthwestern.edu

Ibrahim Ibrahim

Ibrahim joined Dr. Moe’s lab in 2019, and is a Dallas native. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017. Prior to joining Dr. Moe’s lab, Ibrahim worked in the laboratory at Children’s Medical Center. In his free time, Ibrahim loves to watch basketball and exercise.

Jessica Lucas
Research Associate
Jessica.Lucas@UTSouthwestern.edu

Jessica Lucas

Jessica is a 6th generation Dallas native who went to the University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University. She has been running the creatinine assay service for the O’Brien Center for 11 years. Jessica is a member of Dr. Robert Toto’s Lab, and collaborates with Dr. Moe on O’Brien Center assays. Jessica enjoys wildlife rehab, identifying native flora and fauna and working on her car in her spare time.

Johanne Pastor,
Senior Research Associate
Johanne.Pastor@UTSouthwestern.edu

Johanne Pastor

From 1981-1990, Johanne worked as a research assistant at McGill University in Montreal, then for one year she was the lab manager for a startup company near Stanford. In 2001, she resumed her career and took a research position at Children’s Medical Center’s pathology department. In 2004, she joined Dr. Makoto Kuro-o’s lab; Dr. Kuro-o discovered the Klotho gene. She worked in his lab until his departure for Japan in 2013, and then transferred to Dr. Moe’s lab, acting as Laboratory Manager & Senior Research Associate.
Make my day, and ask me about Klotho!

Mingjun Shi
Senior Research Associate
Mingjun.Shi@UTSouthwestern.edu

Mingjun Shi

Mingjun came from First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China and joined Dr. Moe’s lab in 2005. She is primarily involved in animal experiments including mouse line maintenance and preparation of kidney disease models. Mingjun actively conducts bench work including RT-PCR, qPCR, etc.

Jianning Zhang, MD
Research Scientist
Jianning.Zhang@UTSouthwestern.edu

Jianning Zhang, MD

Jianning joined in Dr. Moe's lab in 2001. He is interested in renal pathology and cell biology research. The research of Klotho, EpoR, ROPE distribution and function have been the focus of his work in recent years.  Jianning is good at histochemical and cytochemical techniques, confocal microscope and EM Image techniques.