Rotation students and joint post-doctoral trainees (2017-2018)

Karel Alcedo, M.S.

Graduate Student

Marquet Minor, B.S.

Graduate Student

Karel (Kaye) completed her undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida. She subsequently completed a masters thesis in Biotechnology, conducting research focused on Crohn's disease. Kaye is currently a second year PhD student in the Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum and her thesis project in the Snider lab is focused on understanding the function and regulation of CD73 in cellular and animal models of alcoholic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Jacob Larson, B.S

Graduate rotation Student


Jacob studied Biochemistry at the University of New Mexico and joined the UNC BBSP program in 2017. Currently he is completing a winter rotation in the Snider lab. He is establishing quantitative biochemical method  for the  detection of intermediate filament proteins in cell- and tissue- derived biological samples from Alexander Disease and Giant Axonal Neuropathy models.

Samed Delic

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Rachel Battaglia, B.S.

Graduate Student

Rachel completed her undergraduate studies in Genetics in the honors program at Rutgers University, where she received a Presidential scholarship.  Rachel is a third year PhD student in the Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum and her thesis project in the Snider lab is focused on the function and regulation of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) aggregates in Alexander Disease. Rachel's work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship  and a Thermo Fisher Scientific Data Applications grant.

Natasha completed her undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University, supported by the Loyse W. and Gordon H. Hueschen Science Scholarship. As a graduate student with Paul Hollenberg in the Pharmacology department at the University of Michigan (2004-2009), she studied cytochrome P450-mediated pathways of endocannabinoid metabolism. She was an NIDDK-funded  post-doctoral fellow (2009-2011) and research investigator (2011-2014) with Bishr Omary in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology  at the University of Michigan, studying keratin intermediate filaments and mechanisms of liver injury. Natasha started her independent research program as Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at UNC-CH in January 2015. She is also a full member of the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease (CGIBD).

Xi Yang, B.S.

Research Specialist

Seyoung Jung

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jasmine Robinson, B.S.

PREP Scholar

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in the Cell Biology and Physiology Department at UNC-Chapel Hill

Chloe is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Biology and Global Studies. As a research assistant in the Snider lab for the last 3 years, she has been working on  mouse colony management, genotyping, surgical procedures, and supervision of work-study students. Chloe's main research project is focused on establishing primary cell cultures for drug screening assays targeting intermediate filament aggregation in giant axonal neuropathy (GAN). Chloe plans to enroll in a physician assistant (PA) training program following graduation.

Chloe Eaton

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jasmine completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at Fayeteville State University, where she participated in research through the McNair program.  Jasmine joined the Snider lab in the summer of 2017 as a trainee of the UNC Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). Jasmine's work in the lab focuses on the transcriptional and post-translational regulation of intermediate filaments during mammalian aging. Jasmine plans to begin PhD training in  Fall of 2018.

Seung Eun Lee, MD, PhD

Visiting Scholar


Dr. Lee received her training at Seoul National University and is currently a practicing hepatobiliary surgeon at Chung Ang University, Korea. Her clinical and research interests are focused on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the Snider lab Dr. Lee is identifying HCC tumor biomarkers and studying liver cancer mechanisms. Dr. Hong Jin Kim, Professor of Surgery and chief of surgical oncology at UNC is serving as Dr. Lee's clinical mentor.

Xi has over 20 years of laboratory experience related to disease modeling, surgical procedures, microscopic techniques, and general lab management. Xi conducts studies related to the isolation and culture of multiple primary cell types, trains students and fellows on laboratory techniques, and manages the standard operating procedures in the lab to ensure compliance with IACUC and Environmental Health and Safety. 

Seyoung is a freshman at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Chemistry. She joined the lab in 2017 and has been assisting with molecular and biochemical experiments, general lab tasks, and genotyping. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Seyoung plans to go to medical school.

Marquet completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Winthrop University, followed by post-baccalaureate training at Washington University in St. Louis. Marquet is currently a second year PhD student in the Cell Biology and Physiology Curriculum and his thesis project in the Snider lab is focused on delineating  the role of the ecto-enzyme CD73 in cellular and animal models of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Marquet's research is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Karina Kinghorn, B.S

Graduate rotation Student


Karina studied Biochemistry at the University of Texas-Dallas and joined the UNC BBSP program in 2017. During her spring rotation in the Snider lab she will study the effects of kinase inhibitors on GFAP proteostasis and participate on genome editing projects to establish isogenic iPSC cells from Alexander Disease and Giant Axonal Neuropathy patients. 

Veronica Massey, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Massey completed PhD training in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville in 2014. She has been a postdoctoral trainee in the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC-CH since 2015. Dr. Massey is currently investigating mechanisms of alcoholic hepatitis and co- mentored by Dr. Ramon Bataller,  Chief of Hepatology at the Univ of Pittsburgh.

Natasha Snider, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Samed is a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Biochemistry. He is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Samed's major project in the lab focuses on characterizing novel post-translational modifications on glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) using biochemical and cell biological approaches. Samed plans to enroll in a graduate or professional degree program following graduation.