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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

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

CURRENT MEMBERS

Patrick Fisher

PhD Candidate
B.S. – University of Pittsburgh

Besides my passion for Chemistry, I like miniature painting, hiking, and reading.

Email – pfishe4[at]uic[dot]edu

Mi Nguyen

PhD Candidate
B.S. – Whitworth University

In my free time, I like hanging out with friends, traveling, and drawing.

Email – tnguy214[at]uic[dot]edu

K.P. Chandimal Pathmasiri

PhD Candidate
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

Diana Abbasi

PhD Candidate
B.S. – Purdue University M.S. – Rush University

Full time dog mama, plant fanatic, and a lover of hiking, music, and yoga.

Email – dabbas4[at]uic[dot]edu

Audra Lemley

PhD Candidate
B.A. – Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC

Outside of grad school, I enjoy gardening, brunching, and visiting Chicago’s art museums.

Email – alemle2[at]uic[dot]edu

Wenping Li

Post-doc
M.S. – Illinois Institute of Technology
Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Chicago

I like to watch movies and travel with my family.

Email – jklwp007[at]uic[dot]edu

Dominick Pierre-Jacques

Graduate Research Assistant
A.A.S. – Gwinnett Technical College
B.S. – Kennesaw State University

I like to cook and play video games.

Email – dpierr4[at]uic[dot]edu

Nadia Biglari

Graduate Research Assistant
B.S. – Environmental Chemistry UC San Diego
M.S. – Chemistry UIC

Proud Pug mom confused by chemistry and excited by mass spectrometry!

Email – nbigla2[at]uic[dot]edu

CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Amy Chang

Isabella Hajnos

Sophie Arvanites

Group Photo May 2021