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Daniel Krakko
Daniel is a research assistant with an MS in Chemistry who joined Dr. Perl's laboratory at the end of 2020. He focuses on metabolomic studies in mouse models and cell lines
related to autoimmune diseases using liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry.


Thomas Winans
Thomas is a recent graduate of the Perl laboratory with a Ph.D. in biochemistry. The focus of his research is on the effects of oxidative stress caused by Rab4A overactivation in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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Joanne Chilton, Clinical Research Coordinator
Responsible for the clinical trials for the division of Rheumatology. Joined in the division in 2018, with over 20 years of experience in clinical research and is certified through SoCRA.

Joshua Lewis

Joshua Lewis
Josh joined Dr. Perl’s laboratory as a Research Technician in 2018. He graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2014 and subsequently worked as a Laboratory Assistant at the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute in downtown Buffalo from 2015 to 2018.

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Akshay Patel
MD/PhD student. Graduated from Villanova with a BS in Biology in 2015 and an MS in Biology in 2017. Currently studying hepatic dysfunction and inflammation in the context of autoimmunity and oxidative stress.

Brandon Wyman

Brandon Wyman
Graduate student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Upstate Medical University. Brandon joined Dr. Perl’s laboratory in 2016 to pursue his MD/PhD with a focus on mouse models of systemic lupus erythematosus.

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Joy (Seonghee) Park
PhD student. Graduated from Hunter with a BA in Biochemistry in 2017, worked as a Research Associate at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC from 2015 to 2019.