Rompolas Lab

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Mouse epidermal cells visualized live by 2-photon microscopy

Our Group


Principal Investigator

Pantelis Rompolas, PhD

Pantelis Rompolas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
 rompolas@mail.med.upenn.edu
 215-573-4002

Pantelis earned a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Athens, Greece. He then worked as a Laboratory Technologist at Ikonisys Inc, in New Haven CT. In 2009 he graduated with an M.B.A. in Management and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he trained with Dr. Stephen M. King; studying the biology of dynein motor proteins in eukaryotic cilia. Pantelis then joined Dr. Valentina Greco‚Äôs laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine where he developed a system that established for the first time the ability to visualize stem cells in their native environment in mammalian skin. Since summer of 2015, Pantelis was recruited at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology. 



Lab Members

Sixia Huang, PhD

Sixia Huang, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
 sixia@mail.med.upenn.edu

Sixia has a Ph.D. degree in Developmental Biology from Bio-X Institute - Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. As a graduate student Sixia has studied: 1) the function of Wnt signaling in the development of hair follicles and epidermis and 2) the role of some transcription factors in obesity and diabetes. Her PhD work resulted in several peer reviewed publications, a National Merit Scholarship in 2013 and outstanding graduate student award in 2015. Sixia joined our lab as a postdoctoral fellow in the spring of 2016 and she is interested in elucidating the mechanism by which the niche microenvironment regulates stem cell activity in the adult skin.


Megan Brewster

Megan Brewster
Research Specialist
 mbrew@mail.med.upenn.edu

Megan has a B.S. in Biology from The College of New Jersey. There she worked under Dr. Nina Peel, where she studied the role of tubulin glutamylation in regulating microtubule severing. Megan joined our lab in spring of 2016 and is interested in learning more about stem cells in the skin before heading to graduate school.


Yoko Horiuchi

Yoko Horiuchi
Research Scholar
 yokoho@mail.med.upenn.edu

Yoko joined our group in October, 2016. She earned a B.Sc and M.Sc in Biological science and technology from the Tokyo University of Science, Japan studying for neural stem cell differentiation. Afterwards, Yoko worked at the University of Cincinnati focusing on MSCs and miRs.  Yoko continued as PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Germany having an International Max Planck Research Fellowship. There she studied stem cell differentiation in regenerating planarian.  During her PhD, Yoko also had an opportunity to work at UC Davis studying for facial nerve regeneration and glial cell regulation in CNS.  Yoko is interested in understanding how stem cells and regeneration are regulated in vivo.   


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