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Lab Personnel

  • Laura Moreno Leon

    Laura Moreno Leon, PhD.

    Academic Role: Postdoctoral Associate

    Obtained her PhD degree from Nice – Côte d’Azur University in France. She joined the Khanna Lab in September 2018. Dr. Moreno Leon’s project focuses on RPGR isoforms in retinal degeneration, associated mutations, and development of new therapeutic approaches in mice. Laura’s hobbies are piano, diving and lecture.

  • Nikita Puranik

    Nikita Puranik

    Academic Role: Research Lab Tech I

    Nikita received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont. She joined the Khanna lab in August 2019 as a lab technician and assists in various ongoing projects in the lab. Nikita’s hobbies include traveling, watching movies, and reading.

  • Satyavani Ravipati

    Satyavani Ravipati, PhD.

    Academic Role: Postdoctoral Associate

    Satyavani Ravipati has obtained her PhD degree from Institute of Molecular Medicine and Max-Planck-Research-Group on Stem Cell Aging at University of Ulm in Germany. She joined the Khanna lab in March 2019. Dr. Ravipati’s research project focuses on delineating the roles of RPGR isoforms in disease pathogenesis of Retinitis Pigmentosa and to develop new therapeutic strategies. She enjoys listening to music, dancing, traveling and exploring new places.

  • Bhubanananda Sahu

    Bhubanananda Sahu, Ph.D

    Academic Role: Research Specialist

    Bhubanananda Sahu obtained his PhD degree from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India. He joined the Khanna lab in January 2019. He is now investigating the cause of different retinal diseases such as  Retinitis Pigmentosa. Bhuban enjoys watching movies, reading, and writing.

  • Wei Zhang

    Wei Zhang, PhD.

    Academic Role: Research Specialist

    Wei obtained his PhD degree from Shandong University in China. He joined the Khanna Lab in November 2013. Dr. Zhangs's project involves discovering the mechanisms of action of RPGR and CEP290 in retinal degeneration, and designing appropriate therapeutic strategies. Wei's hobbies are photography and sports.