Our Lab Team
Our laboratory is home to post-docs, PhD students, staff, and other collaborators from different fields who are driven to study epigenetic regulation in normal and cancer development and to identify new therapeutic opportunities.
Eneda Toska, PhD
Director, Toska Lab
Eneda Toska, Ph.D., joined the Kimmel Cancer Center as an Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Cancer Invasion and Metastasis Program (CIM), in close collaboration with the Women’s Malignancies Disease Group. Eneda also was appointed to a secondary faculty position in the Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB), with membership in the BMB Ph.D. program.
Ryan Blawski, PhD
• BS, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
• PhD, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, New York, NY
• Sloan Kettering Institute – Postdoctoral Fellowship
• Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences – PhD
Dr. Blawski’s interests are identifying epigenetic mechanisms of therapy resistance in breast cancer with a focus on protein methylation
Bujamin Vokshi, PhD
- BS, Biochemistry, Besançon, FR
- MS, Biomedicine, Strasbourg, FR
- PhD, Cancer biology, Strasbourg, FR
- Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC), Strasbourg, FR
Bujamin aims at understanding how chromatin-remodeling machineries regulate cancer metastasis and response to therapy, which could lead to the development of novel drugs.
Srushti Kittane, MS
Graduate Student, PhD candidate of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University
BE, Biotechnology, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, India
MS, Biotechnology, New York University, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York), New York University (New York)
Srushti’s interest lies in studying the mechanism of action of epigenetic genes and their regulation of the processes that influence cancer etiology and therapeutic intervention.
Wanlu Chen, MS
Graduate Student, PhD Candidate of Biostatistics Co-mentorship with Dr. Hongkai Ji
BS, Mathematics and applied mathematics, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
ScM (transferred), Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Xinyu (Brian) Guo, BA
Graduate Student, MS Candidate of Biostatistics
BA, (2020) Washington University in St. Louis, MO
• Institute for Informatics, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
• Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Brian’s research interests broadly lie in implementing and developing statistical methods to study scientific questions about genetics, genomics, risk prediction and precision medicine.
Pranav Shivashankar, ScM
Graduate student, ScM in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- B.Tech, Biotechnology (2021), SRM Institute of Science and Technology
Pranav is interested in understanding the role of mutant histones that correlate to chemotherapeutic resistance in Uterine Carcinosarcoma.
Christopher Simpkins, BS
Graduate Student, PhD candidate of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
BS, Biology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
• Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Chris is broadly interested in investigating the fundamental cellular mechanisms that go awry in the development and progression of cancer with an focus on cell signaling, cellular fate decisions, and potential avenues for therapeutic intervention.
Yuhan Zhang, BS
Graduate student, MS candidate of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University
BS, (2021) University of California, Davis
Center for Neuroscience Of University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
Peking University (Beijing, China)
Yuan is interested in epigenetic modifiers that regulate cancer cell growth and cancer metastasis.
Martina Gjyzari, BS candidate
Undergraduate Research Associate
B.S in Neuroscience (2023): Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Martina is interested in understanding the mechanisms that lead to cancer development.
Adler Guerrero Zuniga, BS
Post-Baccalaureate Resarch Fellow 2021-2022
Current PhD student at JHU
Tatiana M. Prioleau, BS
Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow 2021-2022
Current PhD student Duke University