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The Cologna laboratory uses state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to better understand human disease. We are focused in three major research areas: (i) protein isoform characterization and quantification by mass spectrometry, (ii) mass spectrometry-based lipid measurements in neurodegenerative diseases and (iii) analytical method development and implementation of novel approaches to improve the detection of biomolecules. The overarching goal of this research is to develop tools which can be implemented to study biological pathways perturbed in human disease. Successful outcomes will lead to improved understanding of molecular and cellular processes and potentially lead to therapeutic options for various disorders.

group members

The Cologna lab is looking for a post-doc! Ideal candidate has experience in molecular biology (mouse models, tissue culture) and has or is looking to learn mass spectrometry. Send CV to cologna@uic.edu

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

dr. stephanie M. cologna

Assistant Professor
B.S. – University of Arizona Ph.D. – Texas A & M University
Postdoctoral Training – National Institute of Health

Email – cologna[at]uic[dot]edu

GRADUATE STUDENTS

FERNANDO tobias

M.S. – University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S. – Northeastern Illinois University

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.When I’m not busy in the laboratory, I (still) love exploring the different restaurants Chicago has to offer, harnessing my artistic side with my ukulele and photography. Call me Ralph.

Email – ftobia2[at]uic[dot]edu

rathnayake A. chathurika Rathnayake

B.Sc. (Hons) – University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Interested in Reading novels, Travelling and Cooking.

Email – rrathn2[at]uic[dot]edu

Melissa Pergande

B.S. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee M.S. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

I love dogs.

Email – mperga2[at]uic[dot]edu

Mi Nguyen

B.S. – Whitworth University

Besides my passion for Chemistry, I like hanging out with friends, listening to music, and drawing.

Email – tnguy214[at]uic[dot]edu

K.P. Chandimal Pathmasiri

B.S. – University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

I like to watch TV shows, spend time on beach and swim.

Email – kpathm2[at]uic[dot]edu

Will Lafon

Before joining the lab, I was a researcher with Unilever.

Outside of chemistry and instrumentation I enjoy skiing, working on cars and riding motorcycles.

Email – wlafon2[at]uic[dot]edu

CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Estefania Zarate – B.S. Bioengineering

The Group, December 2017