Dean Pontius

Dean graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2016 with a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering. As an undergraduate, Dean performed research developing high-throughput tools for cartilage tissue engineering in the lab of Dr. Harihara Baskaran. After graduation, he worked on pre-clinical drug development for osteoarthritis at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where he was successfully bitten by the biomedical research bug. He matriculated at the Molecular Medicine PhD program at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where he joined the Scacheri lab in Spring of 2018. Dean is interested in the role transcription factors play in mediating osteosarcoma metastasis. When not in the lab, he likes to bike (slower than Pete), bake, and try all the different restaurants around Cleveland.

Ellen Hong

Ellen graduated with a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University in 2017. As an undergraduate, she studied the RAD9-RAD1-HUS1 (9-1-1) DNA checkpoint clamp in Dr. Robert Weiss’s laboratory at Cornell. She also investigated the molecular mechanisms leading to pulmonary metastasis in osteosarcoma in Dr. Chand Khanna’s laboratory at the NIH. After graduation, Ellen entered the CWRU MSTP in 2017, and she is excited to finish her preclinical years and begin working full-time in the Scacheri laboratory in the spring of 2019. Ellen is interested in the intersection of metabolism and epigenetics. Outside of lab, she enjoys watching TV, listening to Korean pop music, and running.

Jaret “Mac” Karnuta

Mac graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry with distinction from Duke University in 2016. As an undergraduate, he performed analytical biochemistry research with Dr. Michael Fitzgerald investigating protein thermodynamics and worked as a research intern with Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics. After graduation, Mac joined the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University as a Healy and Loop scholar, where he is also working towards an MS in bioinformatics. He is currently investigating the genetic and epigenetic profile of osteosarcomas, with interest in the role of enhancers in osteosarcoma formation and metastasis. In his spare time, Mac enjoys cooking Indian food, playing with his dog (Tucker), spending time with friends and family, and working on his clinical research interests.

Devin Neu

Devin graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University where she also continued to complete a M.S. degree in the laboratory of Dr. Roy Welch. Her primary thesis work focused on factors influencing cellular differentiation and how populations of cells interact under starvation conditions in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus. Devin entered the CWRU BSTP program in 2016, and became a member of the Scacheri lab in January 2017. She is currently studying the role of transcription factors in the maintenance of enhancer activity in colon cancer. Outside of lab, she enjoys playing tennis, running, and cooking.