Lab Members


Erika Bach

Erika received her Ph.D. in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1996. Her doctoral studies, performed under the mentorship of Dr. Bob Schreiber, focused on the roles of interferon-gamma receptor beta chain in JAK/STAT-mediated signal transduction and T cell development. From 1997-2002, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Norbert Perrimon’s lab at Harvard Medical School. As a postdoc, she focused her studies on the Drosophila JAK/STAT pathway and generated the GMR-upd transgenic line that has profoundly overgrown eyes due to hyperactivation of the JAK/STAT pathway in eye progenitor cells. She joined the faculty at NYU School of Medicine in 2002 and has since mentored numerous students and postdocs.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Marc Amoyel

Marc received his Ph.D. in Developmental Biology in 2005 from the National Institute for Medical Research in London. In Dr. David Wilkinson’s lab, he studied the formation of rhombomere boundaries and hindbrain patterning in zebrafish. From 2005-6, he was a Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow in the Wilkinson lab and studied the movements and progeny of cells of the hindbrain boundary. From 2006-9, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Laura Johnston's lab at Columbia University, where he studied signal transduction pathways involved in cell competition. He joined the Bach lab in March 2010 and is currently pursuing the role of metabolic pathways in stem cell self-renewal.

Abigail Anderson

Abby received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2012. She was a Ph.D. student in Dr. Justin Kumar's lab where she studied the mechanisms of two Six family member homeodomain transcription factors Sine oculis and Optix in retinal specification in normal and ectopic eyes in Drosophila. She joined the Bach lab in December 2012 and is focused on the role of the JAK/STAT pathway and its targets in hematopoeisis and pattern formation.

Salvador Cenador Herrera

Salvador received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid (Spain) in 2013. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ginés Morata, he studied the regenerative events that take place after genetic ablation in Drosophila, including proliferative responses and genetic reprogramming in neighboring cells. He joined the Bach lab in May 2014 and is working on factors and mechanisms that modulate the aging process of stem cells in the testis.

Poojitha Sitaram

Poojitha received her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology in 2013 from Vanderbilt University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Laura Lee, Poojitha studied the role played by the proteins Lis-1 and Asunder in the regulation of the microtubule motor protein dynein during Drosophila gametogenesis. She joined the Bach lab in January 2014 and is currently working on identifying targets of the JAK/STAT signaling pathway that play a role in cell competition.

Doctoral Students

Alessandro Bailetti

Alessandro graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2012 from Cornell University where he was a Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholar. He joined the Bach lab in August 2013 and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Developmental Genetics training program at NYU School of Medicine. He is currently a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow where his doctoral work focuses on finding new modifiers involved in hemocyte and lymph gland development using the HopTum-l tumor phenotype model.

Michael Burel

Michael graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a certificate in Interdisciplinary Writing from the University of Georgia where he was a Goldwater Scholar and CURO Honors Scholar. He is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Stem Cell Biology training program at NYU School of Medicine. In 2014, Michael was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his doctoral work on identifying factors that govern how stem cells compete for niche access using the Drosophila testis as a model system. He is also the founder and content director of the science-as-art website, Biocanvas.

Lydia Grmai

Lydia earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2011 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular Pharmacology training program at NYU School of Medicine. She was also awarded an Honorable Mention for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2013 to pursue her doctoral studies, which focus on the role of Chinmo, a JAK/STAT effector, in somatic stem cell self-renewal in the Drosophila testis.

Research Technicians

Jason Anderson

Jason graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University. There, he was introduced to Drosophila research while working in Dr. Marc Muskavitch’s lab under Dr. Kris Klueg. After graduating, he joined Dr. Justin Kumar’s group at Indiana University as a research associate studying Creb and Dachshund in Drosophila retinal development. In 2010, he joined Cook Pharmica as an associate scientist in the Upstream Process Development group, where he was responsible for maintaining CHO cell lines, generating cell line feed strategies, and executing bioreactor runs. Jason joined the Bach lab in 2013 studying how the N and C-terminal domains of Stat92E are responsible for protein regulation.

Shally Margolis

Shally recently earned a B.A in Biology with a minor in Mathematics from NYU, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the college-wide Albert Borgman Prize for Best Honors Thesis. During her undergraduate career, Shally worked in the Bach lab where she assisted others on various research projects and developed her thesis on stem cell competition. Her research currently focuses on identifying novel factors governing stem cell self-renewal in the Drosophila testis.

Elizabeth Rodkin

Lizzy graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Global Health Studies. After working for several nonprofits, Lizzy decided to switch careers, attending a Post-Baccealeaurate Pre-Health program at NYU where she rediscovered her love of science. She worked for Dr. Keith Woerpel at the Biomedical Chemistry Institute; her research involved the stereoselectivity of oxocarbenium ions. Interested in more medically applicable research, Lizzy began working in the Bach lab in the summer of 2014 and continues working on uncovering new genes involved in melanotic tumor formation.

Undergraduate Students

Cynthia Chen
Atish De
Youxin Guo


Molly Anderson (NYU Undergraduate)
Aidee Ayala-Camargo (Doctoral Student)
Megane Brusson (Paris 7 Summer Student)
Babi Chatterjee (NYU Biology Masters Student)
Anne Dodson (NYU SURP Student)
Laura Ekas (Doctoral Student)
Shifra Glasner (Research Technician)
Pritha Gupta (Medical Honors Student)
Scott Harada (NYU SURP Student)
Kenzo-Hugo Hillion (Paris 7 Summer Student)
Issu Israt Jahan (NYC High School Student)
Ushma Jag (NYU Biology Masters Student)
Michelle Krasny (Research Technician)
Cécile Lebon (Paris 7 Summer Student)
Amine Marouf (Paris 7 Summer Student)
Tamara Reyes-Robles (Post-bac Student)
Aloma Rodrigues (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Meredith Ross (NYU SURP Student)
Christina Saak (NYU SURP Student)
Pauline Salis (Paris 7 Summer Student)
Justina Sanny (Research Technician)
Chiyedza Small (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Maria Sol Flaherty (Doctoral Student)
Ojas Vjas (NYU Undergraduate)
Collisha Wright (Research Technician)
Chelsea Xu (Undergraduate Researcher)
Tamara Zoranovic (Postdoctoral Fellow)