Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Jain Lab

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The Team

Meet the people who make the lab great — 

Rajan Jain

Rajan Jain
PI
 jainr@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Raj is a physician-scientist, practicing cardiologist, and proud Berkeley alum. All of his post-medical school clinical training was completed at Penn, and he performed his post-doctoral research work in Jon Epstein's laboratory at Penn. When he's not in the lab, Raj loves to watch the NFL and help his daughters tend to their garden. Also, he's always up for a conversation about 90s hip-hop or the food scene in Philly. See below if you're interested in joining the team. 


Parisha Shah

Parisha Shah
Senior Research Investigator
 parisha@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Parisha is a Senior Research Investigator in the lab. She's also the one who people go to figure out how to get things done. She's a graduate of Juniata College and the U. of Chicago and recently completed a post-doc in Shelley Berger's laboratory. Scientifically, she's interested in how nuclear architecture informs heart development and disease. Also, Parisha does all the baking for the lab and has never met a cake she's not been able to frost. 


Qiaohong Wang

Qiaohong Wang
Research Specialist
 qiaohong@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Qiaohong is a technician in the lab — put more aptly, the glue that keeps the lab together and functioning at a high level. She was formerly in Jon Epstein's lab, and has worked with (put up with) Raj for several years. She's never afraid to take on a new, wild project. When she's not in the lab, she's usually wondering if her daughter is studying enough. 


Ricardo Linares Saldana

Ricardo Linares Saldana
MD/PhD student
 Ricardo.LinaresSaldana@uphs.upenn.edu

Ricardo is a Penn MD/PhD student pursuing his thesis work in the lab. He's interested in how nuclear architecture influences cardiogenesis and how mitotic bookmarking is regulated during myocyte lineage specification. Ricardo completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins and worked at the NIH prior to enrolling at Penn. Ricardo keeps the lab young and reminds Raj how old he is. 


Joshua Rhoades

Joshua Rhoades
Bioinformatician
 Joshua.Rhoades@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Josh is a native of the DE valley, and a proud alum of the University of DE. He is our reisdent bioinformaticist, makes sense out of all our genomic datasets (of which there are many), and an altogether great guy. Pic coming soon...


Piyush Pillarisetti

Piyush Pillarisetti
Undergraduate student

Piyush is a Penn undergraduate student who joined the lab in Summer 2018. He grew up in the Philly area and is working on understanding the molecular determinants of chromatin organization at the nuclear lamina. 



Alumni

Nick Rizer

Nick Rizer
Medical student

Nick is recent Penn State alum and starting at Penn Medical School. He's worked in multiple labs, and is a social media savant. He's working on developing novel methods to manipulate the spatial location of chromatin in the nucleus. 


 


We’re always looking for motivated, creative, fun individuals from a variety of backgrounds to join the team! If you're interested in joining, please send your CV to Raj. Graduate and MD/PhD students interested in the lab should email to set up a time to chat. Applicants for post-doctoral positions should include three letters of reference and a brief, ~1 page statement summarizing their research interests and goals.