Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Robertson Lab

Erle's lab members

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Principal Investigator

Dr. Erle Robertson

Dr. Erle Robertson
 erle@mail.med.upenn.edu
 215-746-0114

Harry P. Schenk Endowed Chair Professor
Vice-Chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (with tenure)
Professor (tenure), Department of Microbiology
Professor (secondary), Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Director, Tumor Virology Training Program
Associate Director, Global Cancer Research
Abramson Cancer Center

B.S. in Microbiology, Howard University
Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Wayne State University
M.S. Honorary Masters, University of Pennsylvania
Post-Doctoral Training: Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Dipayan Bose

Dipayan Bose
Post Doctoral Fellow
 Dipayan.Bose@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0116

Ph.D. in Biotechnology from CSIR — Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, University of Calcutta, India.
I joined the lab of Dr. Erle Robertson on 24th September 2018. In my PhD I have worked on biotherapy against cancer and the immunological aspects associated with it. After my PhD I was eager to shift field to infectious disease and that is why I applied for position at Dr. Robertson’s Lab. I was always fascinated to work in oncogenic viruses and here I got the chance. My project deals with replication initiation of Kaposi Sarcoma associated virus (KSHV) and the 3D landscape of the replication origin. Apart from this I am also involved in the microbiome project where I am looking at the altered metabolic pathways in tumors and the probable involvement of the microbiome.  This is a great opportunity for me here to get accustomed with the latest molecular biology techniques. Here I am experiencing a very friendly lab environment with all the other members willing to help. I am especially thankful to Dr. Robertson for all the support and his valuable suggestions regarding the experimental designing, troubleshooting and protocol standardization. To fulfill my long term future goals, I feel the experiences I am gathering from here will be in valuable.


Nian Ma

Nian Ma
Post Doctoral Fellow
 Nian.Ma@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0116

Ph.D. in Pathogenic Microorganisms in 2019, from Wuhan University School of Basic Medical Sciences, Wuhan, China
After graduating from Wuhan University, I joined the lab of Dr. Robertson in 2020. My PhD program was focused on the inhibitory effect of the drugs on HSV and the related mechanisms of immune regulation. HSV and EBV are both belong to the herpesviridae family. I have a deep interest in investigating the underlying mechanisms of EBV-mediated oncogenesis, as well as host defense in adaptive immunity. Thank Dr. Robertson very much for his support and mentor, I can continue my research at the forefront of field of herpes viruses.


Hui Yu

Hui Yu
Visiting Scientist
 huiyu1@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0116

Ph.D. in Hematologic Medicine, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China
I have joined the lab of Dr. Robertson in September of 2021 to study Antitumor activity of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and its active monomer components on EBV positive malignant lymphoma cell lines based on signal transduction pathway. Thank Dr. Robertson very much for his mentoring that I can improve my research at the forefront of field of herpes viruses.


Mohammad Asad

Mohammad Asad
Post Doctoral Fellow
 Fnu.MohammadAsad@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0116

Ph.D. in Biotechnology in 2020, from Public University Jamia Hamdard, India
I have obtained my Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University) New Delhi, India. My Ph.D. thesis was focused on Identification of proteomic biomarkers for early detection of lung cancer. I have joined Robertson lab in December 2021 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. My research interest lies in understanding the molecular mechanisms of EBV-mediated oncogenesis. Currently, I am working on the role of EBV in kinases regulation and tumorigenesis. I am thankful to Dr. Robertson for his support, mentorship and valuable suggestions in experimental design and troubleshoot.


Shahana Parveen

Shahana Parveen
Post Doctoral Fellow
 Shahana.Parveen@Pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0116

Ph.D. in Biotechnology in 2021, from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu, India
I have joined the lab of Dr. Robertson in December 2021. My PhD work was to delineate the role of IL-33 in mediating the inflammatory response in immune cells. Being interested in mechanistic approach of the disease progression, here at Dr. Robertson’s lab I am working on the project to investigate the key role of the different kinetochore proteins which facilitates the replication and persistence of Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus. Thanks to Dr. Roberston’s kind support and mentorship, I am learning new techniques which is helping me in enhancing my scientific research skills thereby improving my research and knowledge in herpesvirus field.


Veronika Yakovishina

Veronika Yakovishina
Research Specialist B
 eronika.yakovishinag@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-746-0116

M.S. in Pharmacology in 2021, from John Jay College - The City University of New York, NY
I joined Dr. Robertson’s lab in February of 2022 after earning my master’s degree in pharmacology from University of Pennsylvania, where I studied the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms that underlie the development of drug resistance in Schwann cell-derived tumors. I wanted to join Dr. Robertson’s lab because I was interested in the work his team is doing to elucidate the epigenetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie viral oncogenesis. The Robertson lab has provided a supportive and stimulating environment where I can develop my interests, strengthen my research skills, and purse my career goals. 


Irina Rabinkov

Irina Rabinkov
Staff Assistant
 Irina.Rabinkov@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
 215-573-8553

B.A. in Fine Arts from Benkoff Art College, Tashkent
Post-Graduate, Certificate in Administrative Office Assistant, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell
Recently I’ve changed my career and graduated from Montgomery County Community College as a Modern Office Assistant. I have joined the Robertson Lab in September 2017 and I'm happy to be here. The lab has produced important work on Tumor virology in recent years. I'm attracted to the exciting environment at the University of Pennsylvania, and proud to be a part of that. As Staff Assistant I handle everything from administrative support in the lab.