Rivera Lab Personnel


Jaime Rivera1 

Jaime Rivera


Jaime Rivera received his B.Sc. in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in Monterrey, México in 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Houston in 1997 under the direction of Richard Behringer. He then pursued his post-doctoral training with Terry Magnuson first at Case Western Reserve University and later at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the faculty of the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in August 2006.


Jaime Rivera, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell Biology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, Room S7-228
Worcester, MA. 01655
Tel. Office (508) 856-4189
Tel. Lab. (508) 856-6019
Fax (508) 856-1033
E-mail: Jaime.Rivera@umassmed.edu



Current Lab Personnel


Sakthi Sundarajan 
Sakthi Sundararajan

Sakthi Sundararajan is a Research Associate originally from Tamil Nadu state in India. She has a Bachelor degree in Zoology and a Masters degree in Microbiology from Bharathidasan University at Tiruchirapalli, India. She has been a member of the Rivera lab since its inception in 2006. Sakthi enjoys hunkering in a corner to read whenever her family duties allow. She is partial to Harry Potter and other fiction books.
E-mail: sakthi.sundararajan@umassmed.edu

Tingting Huang 
Tingting Huang

Tingting is a graduate student originally from Wuhan, China. She entered the graduate school in 2006 and joined the Rivera lab in 2007. She received her B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Fudan University in Shanghai. When not in the lab, Tingting is traveling or staying healthy doing yoga.

Research project: Tingting is studying the interaction between Cripto and Wnt3 genes in embryo patterning.
E-mail: tingting.huang@umassmed.edu

Giovane Tortelote
Giovane Tortelote

Giovane hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He earned his Masters Degree in Biophysics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2004. When not working in the lab, Giovane likes to play soccer and enjoys going out with friends. He is also a brown belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert (a submission-based martial art).

Research project: Giovane studies the role of Wnt3, a secreted protein, in axial development.
E-mail: giovane.tortelote@umassmed.edu



Yeonsoo Yoon

Yeonsoo Yoon

Yeonsoo studied Biochemistry at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in Biological Science from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon also in South Korea. He joined the Rivera lab in 2007. Yeonsoo likes to watch movies and baseball games. He also likes to play basketball and enjoys taking pictures of everything around him.

Research project: Yeonsoo studies the function of AuroraA in early post-implantation development and the fate of visceral endoderm cells.
E-mail: yeonsoo.yoon@umassmed.edu

Kristina Gonzalez
Kristina Gonzalez

Kristina joined the Rivera lab as a Post-doctoral fellow in 2010. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Worcester State College in 2004, and, her Ph. D. from Clark University in 2009 under the guidance of Dr. Linda Kennedy. Kristina was born in Michigan and has lived around the world as a military wife. In 2001 she settled with her family in Massachusetts. She has a daughter and a son and enjoys scrapbooking and tejano music.

Research project: Kristina is conducting lineage analysis to understand the morphogenetic mechanisms that establish axial polarity in mouse embryos.
E-mail: Kristina.gonzalez@umassmed.edu

Ok Hyun Cho
Ok Hyun Cho

Ok Hyun is a joint Post-doctoral fellow of the Rivera and Imbalzano labs. She is a native of South Korea. She received a Ph. D. degree in immunology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she trained with Dr. Barbara Osborne. She enjoys playing with children, laughing out loud and shopping, shopping and shopping.

Research project: Ok Hyun works with somite stage embryos to understand the regulation of muscle genes in vivo.
E-mail: Okhyun.cho@umassmed.edu

Evald Muraj
Evald Muraj

Evald is an undergraduate student from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) conducting his senior research in the lab. He is using mouse chimeras as part of his major qualifying project at WPI. He plans to pursue a career in Medicine. Evald is renaissance man with multiple interests that range from flamenco guitar to philosophy.


Former Lab Members

Elise McDevitt
Elise McDevitt

Elise is a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) graduate who conducted research in the Rivera lab between the summer of 2007 and spring of 2008 as part of her major qualifying project at WPI. She currently lives in Pomona, California and attends Western University of Health Sciences, where she is pursuing a D.V. M. She says: “...having a strong foundation in embryology has helped me considerably!”

Adrrian Cora-Monges
Adrian Cora-Monges

Adrian visited from the University of Puerto Rico as part of the UMass NIH Summer Fellowship Program during the summer of 2007. He remains at the University of Puerto Rico pursuing a M. D. degree.

Ariel James
Ariel James

Ariel was welcomed to the lab during the summer of 2008 as part of the UMass NIH Summer Fellowship Program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Norfolk State University in 2009. Way to go Ariel! She is now pursuing a M. D. degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.



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