Meet the Lab Members

Steven S. An, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Steven S. An, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. An held the position of Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. At Hopkins, he had faculty appointments across three schools (School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Medicine) in four academic departments, and was the recipient of the Discovery Awards (2015 & 2016) and the Catalyst Award (2017). Dr. An’s primary research is focused on the mechanobiology of living cells in health and disease. Dr. An has specific expertise in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling and excitation-contraction coupling mechanisms of airway smooth muscle shortening in the context of obstructive lung disease.

While not in the lab, Dr. An enjoys traveling to “PARTS UNKNOWN”, exploring “BIZARRE FOODS”, and playing “STRAIGHT FLUSH” (2009 American Lung Association ‘Casino Night’ Champion).

Jordan Lee, Graduate Research Assistant

Jordan Lee, Graduate Research Assistant

Jordan is a rotating graduate student in the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology at Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and minor in Chemistry from Rutgers. Her research interests include epigenetics, cell metabolism, and lung mechanics. Jordan enjoys spending time with her dog, hiking, and getting ice cream.

Douglas Lemenze, Pharm. D. Candidate

Douglas Lemenze, Pharm. D. Candidate

Doug is currently in his first year at Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. He is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. His research interest includes cancer and age-associated Alzheimer’s disease.

His favorite things to do are lifting weights, playing lacrosse, hanging out with friends, and cooking.

Justin Lee, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Justin Lee, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Justin is an undergraduate student in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Rutgers Honors College. His research interests include tissue regeneration mechanisms and cancer. He hopes to earn a PharmD degree in the future.

Justin relishes moments of running and swimming, weight lifting, meals with friends and family, and trips to Livingston Dining Commons.

Darin Mak, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Darin Mak, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Darin is currently a senior studying biomedical engineering at Rutgers University. His research interest includes cancer and tissue engineering. In the future, he hopes to apply to medical school. Outside of work his favorite things are playing volleyball, going to the gym, and cooking new recipes with friends.

Isha Dandekar, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Isha Dandekar, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Isha is currently a freshman at Rutgers Honors College studying Cell Biology and Neuroscience on the pre-med track. Her research interests include tissue engineering and cancer. Outside of school, Isha enjoys placing viola, riding horses, reading, and watching movies with friends.