Lab Members

Pablo Peixoto
Pablo Peixoto
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. 
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. 

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!

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.    
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.   
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.


Stephen Madamba
Assistant Editor 
Biomed Central (BMC)
Oygul Mirzalieva
LSU Medical School
Nadina Latchman
PhD Candidate
​Drexel University
Ma Su Su Aung
Creighton University          School of Medicine
Bassem Ahmed
NYITCOM Medical School
Kevin Damri
Suny Upstate Medical School
Ruth Hartke
Johns Hopkins Medical School PhD Program in Pharmacology
Shaderra Glover
Brooklyn College
Alex Kitaygorodskiy
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Adriana Stosic
Major in Finance, Baruch