Tina Khorshid Ahmad, Research Assistant | Yan Hai, Lab Manager

Tina Khorshid Ahmad, Research Assistant        

I work on Epigenetic regulation of re-myelination and/or myelin repair by methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in an experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model of multiple sclerosis (MS) under the supervision of Dr. Michael Namaka.  



Yan Hai, Lab Manager

I am fascinated by how life sciences hook up our daily experiences through epigenetics. For an example, prenatal cigarette smoke have a negative effect that would embed into a baby’s genome, causing early childhood diseases such as asthma later on. The purpose of life sciences is to help figure out solutions to intervene and heal diseases. By studying epigenetics, especially through animal model, we may figure out diagnostic markers and ways to block the link of environmental factors and bio-embedment, or even more, to correct impaired epigenetic patterns by CRISPR-Cas9 technology. I am glad I got the opportunity getting involved.