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Donald G. Phinney

Professor, Molecular Medicine


Email: dphinney@scripps.edu


Dr. Phinney received his bachelor degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Vermont and a doctoral degree in biochemistry from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia.  He then did a post-doc at Fox Chase Cancer Center, where he received an American Cancer Society Fellowship to study the transcriptional regulation of the proto-oncogene junB.  Dr. Phinney then spent nine years at Tulane University, where he advanced through the ranks to Professor of Immunology and Microbiology and Associate Director of Research at the Center for Gene Therapy.  He also served as Director of the Good Manufacturing Facility at Tulane from 2008 to 2009.  He is currently a Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida. 

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Lynn Talaia

Administrative Manager


Email: LTalaia@scripps.edu
Phone: 561-228-2241
Fax: 561-228-3083

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Christopher Haga

Staff Scientist


Email:  chaga@scripps.edu


Christopher Haga, PhD, received his undergraduate degrees from Vanderbilt University. He received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Division of Developmental and Clinical Immunology. He joined the Phinney Lab in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Scripps Florida after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory Vaccine Center. His research is focused on examining the role of miRNAs in regulating tumorigenesis and developing novel, small molecule inhibitors/activators of miRNAs and mRNAs. 

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Siddaraju Boregowda

Research Associate


Email: sboregow@scripps.edu


Sid Boregowda received a BVSc & AH (equivalent to DVM) at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India in 2004 and a MVSc in Veterinary Pharmacology from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute in Bareilly, India in 2007. He was accepted into the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences at Tulane University School of Medicine in 2007 and relocated with Dr. Phinney to Scripps Florida in 2009. He graduated in July 2013 from the Kellogg School of Science and Technology at The Scripps Research Institute with a PhD in Chemical and Biological Sciences. Sid is currently a Research Associate and is studying the mechanistic link between stem/progenitor function and effector (angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory) functions of mesenchymal stem cells.  He is also elucidating mechanisms of MSC dependent skeletal regeneration and aging.

Jacqueline Strivelli

Jacqueline Strivelli

Research Assistant


Email: jstrivel@scripps.edu


Jacqueline Strivelli received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Florida Atlantic University.  She joined Dr. Phinney’s laboratory 2012 as an intern where she studied the role of miRNAs in breast cancer.  Jacqueline then joined the laboratory as a Research Assistant in 2014 and continues working on miRNAs in addition to producing mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow for distribution to the larger scientific community.

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Keith Lizotte

Research Assistant

 

Email:  klizotte@scripps.edu

Keith Lizotte received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz.  He joined Dr. Phinney's laboratory in 2016 as a Research Assistant.  Keith's current efforts focus on the development of novel point-of-care technologies to advance cell-based therapeutics in the field of regenerative medicine.

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Ana Carvalho

Research Technician

Email:  acarvalh@scripps.edu

 

Ana Carvalho received her undergraduate degree in Biology from University of South Wales, UK.  She joined Dr. Phinney's laboratory in the Department of Molecular Medicine in 2016 as an intern where she assisted with research on novel small molecule RNA inhibitors.  Ana then joined the laboratory as a Research Technician in 2017 and continues working on developing RNA targeting therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.

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Cori Booker

Graduate Student

Email:  cbooker@scripps.edu

 

Cori Booker earned her undergradue degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.  She joined Dr. Phinney's laboratory in 2016 as a graduate student.  Her current work is in identifying the role of mesenchymal stem cells in the pathophysiology of disuse osteopenia using cell-based and animal models.  Cori is also investigating species differences in the basic biology of MSCs in an effort to enhance the predictive value of rodent models used in basic and translational research.

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Ugoma Onubogu

Graduate Student Intern/Rotation Student

Email:  uonubogu@scripps.edu

 

Ugoma Onubogu received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Florida A&M University and is currently enrolled in the MD/PhD program at Florida Atlantic University.  She joined Dr. Phinney's laboratory in the Department of Molecular Medicine in the summer of 2017 as a graduate student intern/rotation student where she is gaining experience in cell culture techniques and cell-based assays used in the study of mesenchymal stem cell biology.

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Darren Turner

Student Intern

Email:  dturner@scripps.edu

 

Darren Turner is currently an undergraduate student at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a BSc in Biochemistry.  Darren joined Dr. Phinney's lab as an intern in the Fall of 2016 is is working on a collaborative project examining the role of IP6K1 in high fat diet-induced changes in skeletal integrity.

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Hannah Levine

Student Intern

Email:  hlevine@scripps.edu

 

Hannah Levine is currently an undergraduate student at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a BSc in Biological Chemistry.  Hannah joined Dr. Phinney's lab as an intern in the Fall of 2016 and is assisting Ms. Booker in studies involving MSCs.