Lab Members

Pablo Peixoto

Stephen Madamba
is a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center and joined the lab in 2015. A transplant of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is studying neural trafficking of mitochondria and its role in ALS. When not in the lab, Stephen spends his time eating, watching soccer, reminiscing about relentlessly mild weather, and reading. He vows to read Infinite Jest, that Proust book, and A Wind in the Door--whose characters have the good fortune to actually enter a mitochondrion--all by the time he can be rightfully called Dr. Madamba.
is a self declared mitochondriac - it all started at UFU. He pursued his Ph.D studying mitochondrial electrophysiology in the laboratory of Marisa Campo, University of Extremadura. He then moved first to NYU ( Casey Kinnally ) and later Cornell ( Giovanny Manfredi ) as a postdoctoral fellow to study the involvement of mitochondrial ion channels in cell death. He is now living his dream as an assistant professor at Baruch College - CUNY. 
Oygul Mirzalieva
is a Baruch graduate, who joined the lab in 2014. Among other things, she is exploring the realm of patch clamping and electrophysiology to study MAC, a mitochondrial channel involved in apoptosis. Oygul is also our lab manager and an Adjunct Instructor at Baruch College with a newborn passion for teaching. Her long-term goals entail becoming a Medical Scientist and taking over the world.

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Nadina Latchman
is an adjunct professor and alumna at Baruch College. Her research explores the function of Bak proteins in the mitochondria. She aspires to establish an influential career in biomedical research and academia where she will to continue to inspire students about science and its applications. In her spare time, she is traveling, baking, and taking advantage of what New York has to offer. 
Nicomedes Rivera
obtained his bachelor of science in BioMathematics from the CUNY Baccalaureate degree program. Having overcome a left frontal lobe brain tumor at a young age, he is intrigued by the role mitochondria play in neuromuscular-degeneration/cell death. An author in his spare time, he hopes to one day compose a novel integrating concept of special relativity, quantum mechanics, and time-space continuity.   
Kristian Zapata
is a junior at Baruch college and joined the team in 2016. His research is focused on mitochondrial reactive oxygen species. He aspires to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in epidemiology. He hopes to be able to provide research findings and aid to people who are experiencing plagues/epidemics in their population to make an impactful difference in their lives. In his spare time, he likes to watch movies, play video games, explore the city, do karaoke, participate in paintball games and swim for fun. 

Bassem Ahmed
is an adjunct professor and  Baruch College graduate who joined the team in 2017. He believes in the idea that failure is the best teacher and learning by oneself is the best method to learn. He further believes that research is the best opportunity to combine the previous two beliefs. During his free time he tries to learn a diverse array of topics from economics to history and current events.  His current goal is to become a doctor of medicine for the sake of public knowledge and health.
Illya Aronskyy 
Is a Pre-med at Baruch College. He is fascinated with topics related to Biology and Psychology. His current research delves into the role of mitochondrial signaling in neuronal degeneration. Originating from the Ukraine, Illya has experienced the excitement of exploring and absorbing a new culture; he hopes to someday travel the world as a doctor working in global health. In his free time, Illya enjoys reading fiction and frantically strumming his guitar.    
Shinhye  (Heather) Jeon
Is a junior undergraduate student at Baruch College. She majors in Biological Sciences and minors in Psychology at Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. She wants to be a research and an educator to reveal nature’s wonder and make the world better. She is a brain enthusiast, a theatre head, and a crazy cat person. She personally believes that cats are more intellectual than dogs regardless of the size difference in their gyrus. No offense to dog lovers or Paco!

Brian Nguyen
is a high school senior at Brooklyn Tech. An aspiring bioengineer, Brian plans to use his experience with molecular biology to cure diseases one day. When he is not in the lab, he likes exploring NYC, discovering underground Korean music, and captaining his school’s math and Science Olympiad teams.    
Denean Paulik
is an NYU graduate with over 15 years of experience helping higher Ed institutions and human services attain funding through proposal development, consulting, and honing of stewardship in partnering with donors, alumni, and institutional givers. She joined the Peixoto lab to leverage team-work and funding. In her spare time she listens to Conchita Buika and dreams of Selena and Frida Kahlo. Bidibidibombom.


Ma Su Su Aung
Creighton University          School of Medicine
Kevin Damri
Suny Upstate Medical School
Ruth Hartke
Johns Hopkins Medical School PhD Program in Pharmacology
Alex Kitaygorodskiy
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Adriana Stosic
Major in Finance, Baruch
Shaderra Glover
Brooklyn College