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Michael Czech
Michael P. Czech, PhD

Principal Investigator

The Isadore and Fannie Foxman Chair of Medical Research,
Program in Molecular Medicine,
UMass Chan Medical School

Michael Czech earned his PhD in biochemistry in 1972 at Brown University under the mentorship of Professor John Fain, and completed postdoctoral study in the Biochemistry Department at Duke University Medical Center. He became Assistant Professor at Brown in 1974, rising to the rank of Professor in 1980. Czech moved to the University of Massachusetts Medical School as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry from 1981 to 1989, and was the founding Chair of the Program in Molecular Medicine (1989-2018). 

Czech has served on several editorial boards and NIH Study Sections and is a member of the Scientific Review Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He's received the Scientific Achievement Award (1982), the Banting Medal (2000) and the Albert Renold Award for mentorship (2004) from the American Diabetes Association, the David Rumbough Scientific Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (1985), NIH MERIT Awards (1997-2005 and 2012-2022), the Elliot P. Joslin Medal (1998), and the Jacobaeus Prize awarded in Umea, Sweden in 2009.
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  • Kathy Blanchard

    Kathy Blanchard

    Grants and Contract Specialist

    Kathy has worked in the Czech lab for 22 years managing grants.
    Hobbies: Spending time at the beach and being with her grandchildren

  • Adilson Guilherme

    Adilson Guilherme, PhD

    Associate Professor, UMass Medical School

    Adilson received his BS in Cell Biology and PhD in Biochemistry from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research addresses mechanisms of signal transduction, metabolism, and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes and obesity.

  • Felipe Henriques

    Felipe Henriques, PhD

    Post Doc

    Felipe received a BS in Biomedical Science and PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. He joined the Czech lab in 2016, where his research focuses on the role of cross-talk between adipose tissue and the sympathetic nervous system.
    Hobbies: Brewing his own beer

  • Mark Kelly

    Mark Kelly

    Research Associate

    Mark began his biomedical journey at Genzyme, before moving to Children’s Hospital Boston where he received his research surgical background. In 2015 he joined the Czech and Fitzgibbons labs to focus on surgical contribution for adipose tissue, cardiovascular, and whole-body metabolism. 
    Hobbies: Spending time in his wood shop, working with his gardens, and honey bees.

  • Sarah M.C. Nicoloro

    Sarah M.C. Nicoloro

    Research Scientist/Lab Manager

    Sarah received her BS in Biology from University of Massachusetts Lowell. She's been a Czech lab member since 1999 and her work involves several lab projects including research to genetically modify fat cells using CRISPR technology. 
    Hobbies: Photography, cycling, reading, cooking, and enjoying the company of family and friends.

  • Kerri Miller

    Kerri Miller

    Administrative Coordinator

    Kerri received her BA from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. She's worked for UMass Medical School for over 12 years and has been with the Czech lab since November 2018.
    Hobbies: Spending time family & friends, travelling, cooking, listening to music, going to the beach, boating, great wine, great food and great company!

  • Kyounghee Min

    Kyounghee Min, Pharm.D

    Graduate Student

    Kyounghee received her degree from the Ewha Women’s University College of Pharmacy in Seoul, South Korea. She joined Czech lab in 2019 where she studies the underlying mechanisms of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, while also investigating therapeutic targets against them.
    Hobbies: Traveling, extreme sports such as indoor rock climbing, bungee jumping, and skydiving.

  • Leslie Rowland

    Leslie Rowland, PhD

    Post Doc Associate

    Leslie received her PhD in Biomedical Science from The Ohio State University in 2015. She trained as a postdoc in Dr. Laurie Goodyear’s lab at the Joslin Diabetes Center where she studied mechanisms of exercise-mediated improvements in metabolism. In late 2018, she joined the Czech lab to focus on the contribution of adipose tissue to glucose homeostasis and whole-body metabolism.
    Hobbies: Spending time with her husband and son, exercising, and finding new doughnut shops.

  • Emmanouela Tsagkaraki

    Emmanouela Tsagkaraki, MD, MSc

    Post Doc and PhD Candidate

    Emmanouela is from Heraklion Crete, Greece and received her MD and MSc degrees from the University of Crete. She joined the Czech lab in October 2017 for her masters thesis, then began her PhD thesis working on CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering in adipocytes to ameliorate their metabolic activity and improve glucose homeostasis.
    Hobbies: Playing music and singing with friends, cooking, exploring new places, swimming, and windsurfing.

  • Hui Wang

    Hui Wang, PhD

    Post Doc

    Hui is originally from China and received her PhD at Technical University of Munich, Germany. She joined the Czech lab in October 2019. The goal of her reserach is to investigate the functions of adipose tissue on systemic glucose metabolism and lipid metabolism.
    Hobbies: Playing badminton and hiking.

  • Batuhan Yenilmez

    Batuhan Yenilmez

    Graduate Student

    Batu is from Istanbul, Turkey, where he earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Bioengineering from Sabanci University. Prior to joining Czech lab, he spent a year in Dan Rader’s lab at UPenn working on Tribbles-1 gene in liver and its effect on lipid metabolism. Currently, he's identifying therapeutic targets against non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and developing an RNAi approach to treat this malady in collaboration with Anastasia Khvorova’s lab. 
    Hobbies: Hiking, photography, playing/watching sports (especially handball), and training/playing with his dog, Mr. Chandler.

 

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