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.

Principal Investigator

Eneda Toska, PhD

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.

Grants:

  • K22 NCI Transition to Independence Award
  • Innovation in Cancer Informatics
  • Breast Cancer Research Alliance
  • Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation for Health and Policy
  • National Cancer Institute 1R21CA252530-01A1
Ryan Blawski, PhD

Ryan Blawski, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education:
• BS, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
• PhD, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, New York, NY

Previous Institutions:
• 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

rblawsk1@jhmi.edu

Bujamin Vokshi, PhD

Bujamin Vokshi, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

  • BS, Biochemistry, Besançon, FR
  • MS, Biomedicine, Strasbourg, FR
  • PhD, Cancer biology, Strasbourg, FR

Previous institution:

  • 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

Srushti Kittane, MS

Graduate Student, PhD candidate of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University

Education:
BE, Biotechnology, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, India
MS, Biotechnology, New York University, New York

Previous Institution:
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.

skittan1@jhmi.edu

Xinyu (Brian) Guo, BA

Xinyu (Brian) Guo, BA

Graduate Student, MS Candidate of Biostatistics

Education:
BA, (2020) Washington University in St. Louis, MO

Previous Institutes:
• 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.

xguo42@jh.edu

Pranav Shivashankar

Pranav Shivashankar

Graduate student, ScM in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Education:

  • 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.

pshivas1@jh.edu

Christopher Simpkins, BS

Christopher Simpkins, BS

Graduate Student, PhD candidate of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Education:
BS, Biology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Previous Institutes:
• 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

Yuhan Zhang, BS

Graduate student, MS candidate of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University

Education:
BS, (2021) University of California, Davis

Previous Institutions:
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.

yzhan558@jhmi.edu

Martina Gjyzari, BS candidate

Martina Gjyzari, BS candidate

Undergraduate Research Associate

Education:
B.S in Neuroscience (2023): Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Martina is interested in understanding the mechanisms that lead to cancer development.

mgjyzar1@jh.edu

Alumni

Adler Guerrero Zuniga, BS

Adler Guerrero Zuniga, BS

Post-Baccalaureate Resarch Fellow 2021-2022

Current PhD student at JHU

Tatiana M. Prioleau, BS

Tatiana M. Prioleau, BS

Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow 2021-2022

Current PhD student Duke University