About Us

Sorrell Lab Members


Nofit Borenstein-Auerbach
Research Associate

BS, Hadassah University, Israel

In 2015, I joined the Sorrell lab to study cancer cell motility. Currently I am working on dissecting key pathways that control the initial steps of cell migration. Previously, I worked at the Neuroimmunology department at Tel Aviv University and The Islet Cell Transplant Laboratory at Baylor.


Yi-Heng Hao, Ph.D.
Yi-Heng Hao, PhD
Research Scientist

PhD, Institute of Biophysics - Chinese Academy of Sciences

My studies focus identifying the molecular mediators of Myc-nick induced migration and metastasis using animal models and organoid cultures. I am broadly interested in multiple aspects of cellular and molecular biology and previously studied the regulations of intracellular trafficking and autism


Maria del Carmen Lafita Navarro, PhD
Maria del Carmen Lafita Navarro, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

PhD. Molecular Biology and Biomedicine, University of Cantabria, Spain.

My research focuses on identifying and characterizing metabolic pathways that regulate the progression of Myc-driven cancers in a transcription-independent manner. I joined the Sorrell lab in February 2016. Before that, I was a graduate student at the University of Cantabria in Spain. There, I studied the function and regulation of the MXD family of proteins, which are MYC transcriptional antagonists. Outside the lab, I enjoy playing sports - especially Ultimate Frisbee



Niranjan Venkateswaran
Roshni Ray
Green Fellow

Undergraduate student at UT Dallas

My research focuses on dissecting Myc functions in lung cancer.


Niranjan Venkateswaran
Niranjan Venkateswaran
Research Associate

MS, Biotechnology - University of Texas at Dallas

I am investigating the function of Myc-Nick-induced lysine acetylation in cancer cell survival.  My research goals are to contribute to improved understanding of mechanisms involved in chemotherapy resistance.  Previously, I worked as a research associate in the Simmons Cancer Center at UTSW, studying the vulnerabilities of KRAS in lung cancer.  In my leisure I enjoy reading books, playing cricket and soccer.