feyza enginFeyza Engin
Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine
B.S., M.Sc. Istanbul University

Semra Post DocSemera Sahin, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

I have received my PhD. and MSc. degree in molecular neuroscience from Washington State University in Washington, USA and Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, respectively. In both of those degrees, I had worked on developmental aspects of neurons located specifically in the forebrain. (I enjoy obtaining pretty western blots after co-IPs as well as seeing shRNAs that I designed are effective). Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, wine tasting and cooking. In our home, we have salt-water aquarium with lots of Hawaiian native fish and corals to reminisce about our Hawaii trips.

Hugo LeeHugo Lee, B.S.
IPiB Graduate Student

Hugo majored in biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is from the suburbs of Chicago. Currently, he is studying the role of the β-cell UPR in T1D. His favorite lab technique is islet isolation. In his spare time, he likes to read, cook, and bike.

zeynep1Hulya Zeynep Oktay, M.D.
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Student

Zeynep received her M.D. from Istanbul University in 2018. In the Engin lab, her research is focused on understanding the cross-talk between mitochondria and ER. Zeynep enjoys obtaining beautiful western blots while in lab. As a native of Istanbul, Turkey, she spends most of her free time sailing. She also enjoys playing volleyball, and learning about world history.

Sierra-Engin-LabSierra Schreiber
Research Intern

Sierra graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Animal Sciences in 2018. She grew up in Grayslake, IL and is interested in the role of amino acids in T1D.  In lab, she enjoys getting excellent replicates in her ELISAs.  Outside of lab, she enjoys dancing salsa, learning Brazilian Portuguese, and cooking.

YianYian Liao
Research Intern

Yian is from China and is interested in studying metabolism. Yian graduated from UW-Madison in 2019 with a degree in Biochemistry. When he is not perusing the literature or thinking about experiments, he enjoys photography and watching movies.  His favorite mouse strain is NOD, because they nod.

YashYash Sonthalia
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Yash is studying Chemical and Biological Engineering with a Certificate in Biology in Engineering. He is from Jakarta, Indonesia and is interested in β-cell reprogramming and the response of knocking out UPR proteins and how it relates to T1D. His favorite lab technique is acquiring perfect histology images. In his free time, he loves watching soccer and training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

JuliaJulia Schmidt
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julia will be a junior studying Neurobiology with a certificate in health and the humanities. She originally hails from Oregon, WI and enjoys learning about anything related to genetics and human health. In the lab, Julia enjoys doing PCRs. When not in lab or studying, she enjoys both watching and playing sports, especially softball and baseball, playing with her two cats, and watching cooking shows.