Kourtidis Lab Team

Joyce Nair-Menon

Joyce Nair-Menon, Ph.D.
Laboratory Manager
Research Specialist III

During my post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, I investigated the molecular immunological aspects of rejection in Xeno transplantation. As a Research Associate at USC Columbia, I studied the effects of alkylphenols and polychlorinated biphenyls on immune function and reproductive capacity. I also worked on the effects of vitreous on the epithelial to mesenchymal like transformation of retinal epithelial cells leading to proliferative vitreoretinopathy, a major cause of vision loss in developed countries. More recently at MUSC, I was investigating how the malignant nature of lung cancer is driven by epithelial-mesenchymal transformation and cancer stem cells. My current work in the lab focuses on elucidating the role of adherens junctions in colon cancer progression.
Joyce Nair-Menon

Mary Catherine Bridges, M.Sc.
PhD Graduate Student

Following my undergraduate career at the University of Georgia, I obtained my Masters degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston. For my Masters thesis, I cloned and characterized a novel fluorescent protein from the diseased tissues of a coral species. My background in Molecular Biology facilitated a transition into the biomedical research field. I worked for several years at MUSC in the Pathology Department studying the role of miRNAs in aging and reparative processes of the inner ear. As a Ph.D. student, I am continuing to pursue my interest in RNA biology and non-coding RNAs in the context of pro-tumorigenic transformation of epithelial cells.

Joyce Nair-Menon

Amanda Daulagala, B.S.
PhD Graduate Student

1st Year PhD student - Biomedical Sciences, College of Graduate Studies, MUSC

Past Lab Members

  • Megan Sheridan - Ph.D. Graduate Student, 1st Year rotation
  • Paul Hager - Summer Student

Lab Life

Lab lunch: Antonis, Megan and Joyce (we do it often, research requires lots of calories).

Celebrating Catherine’s TL1 Award: Antonis, Paul, Joyce, and Catherine.

Solar eclipse, Charleston, August 2017.

Rainbow over campus (or what you see, when the data are good).

Catherine presenting at the 2017 ASCB-EMBO meeting in Philadelphia.

Antonis presenting at a PCS Cell Science Conference, Rome, Italy 2017.
Last updated on 28-Dec-2017

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