Posts By: Morgan Elliott

Justin Lowenthal Receives Poster Award at Cardiovascular Retreat

Congratulations to Justin Lowenthal, a M.D. Ph.D student in the Gerecht and Tung labs, for receiving the Stanley L. Blumenthal Poster Award – 2nd place –  at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Cardiovascular Retreat! His poster was titled, “Engineered Heart Slice Preparation for Drug Studies and Disease Modeling.” The 10th Annual Cardiovascular Retreat… Read more »

Happy Halloween from the Boo-tacular Gerecht Lab!

It’s October, the Gerecht lab’s favorite month of the year! This month, the Gerecht lab is featured, in costume of course, in the INBT calendar! In case you haven’t received a calendar, here is a copy of the October page to help you count down to Halloween, and our next Boo-tacular costumes. Happy Halloween! Photo… Read more »

Congratulations to Dr. Quinton Smith

The Gerecht Lab would like to congratulate Dr. Quinton Smith, an alumnus of the lab, for winning a  Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Hanna Gray Fellowship! Quinton is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia’s lab at the MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. This early-career award will provide 8 years of funding to… Read more »

Rayyan Completes Summer Research Experience in Belgium

Rayyan Gorashi, a rising senior in the Gerecht lab, just completed her summer research experience in Leuven, Belgium as part of the Inter-University MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC) program! Her project focused on a microfluidic system called heart-on-a-chip device to predict toxicity and aid in drug development. To learn more about the IMEC experience, visit: While there,… Read more »

Recently Published Micropatterning Work Featured in Hopkins News!

Last week, Dr. Quinton Smith, a Gerecht lab alumnus, and Dr. Sharon Gerecht’s recently published work on micropatterning human induced pluripotent stem cells to control cell cytoskeletal tension and regulate cell fate was featured on the HUB and Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) websites! This work was performed in collaboration with Dr. Nash Rochman in Dr…. Read more »

Bria Receives NIH NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

Bria Macklin, a 3rd year PhD student, received an NIH NRSA F31 Individual Predoctoral Fellowship today! Under this grant, she will explore the role of hypoxia in human pluripotent stem cell derived endothelial cell vascular network formation and pericyte recruitment. We are extremely proud of and excited for her! Congratulations, Bria!

Saying Adieu to Xin and Joon

Last Thursday, the lab celebrated Dr. Xin Yi Chan, a postdoc, and Joon Eoh, a research technician, before they depart from the lab.  Both of these individuals have been invaluable to the lab and we will miss them. To celebrate their contributions, we ate BBQ and sipped bourbon at Blue Pit BBQ in Hampden. Xin… Read more »

John Infiltrates the Blood Brain Barrier

John Jamieson, a 3rd year PhD student in the Searson and Gerecht labs, attended the Barrier of the Central Nervous System, Gordon Research Conference at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH at the end of June. While there, he presented a poster entitled “Directly and indirectly co-cultured hiPSC-pericytes have differential effects on the barrier function… Read more »

Rayyan Spreads Her Wings – to Belgium!

Rayyan Gorashi, a rising senior undergraduate in our lab, is participating in the Inter-University MicroElectronics Centre (IMEC) program in Leuven, Belgium. During her international research experience, she is performing microfluidic research with cardiomyocytes and exploring Europe!  Below, she is pictured in the lab, getting into the spirit during the Belgium vs. England FIFA World Cup… Read more »