Bojana Jovanovic is from Bosnia/Montenegro (former Yugoslavia). She has received her B.A. in Biology from Berea College in 2006. Bojana has been working in the Moses lab since June 2006. She is beginning her first year in the Cancer Biology department after completing the first year in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Vanderbilt University. Bojana is pursuing her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology with a focus on Translational Research.
Lauren Matise joined the lab in the spring of 2008 and is in her third year of graduate school. Using a chicken chorioallantoic membrane model, she is investigating the role of TGF-ß in mammary epithelial cell migration and invasion during breast cancer progression. She is also working on a mouse model that will provide insight as to why TGF-ß functions as both a tumor suppressor and promoter. Lauren graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.
Michael Pickup joined the Moses lab in the spring of 2008 and is in his third year of graduate school. He is currently working on the identification and characterization of mammary progenitor cells in the hopes of understanding their role in tumor initiation and progression. Michael also works on the establishment of a mechanism by which metastatic breast cancer cells preferentially “home” to specific organs. He received a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech with a minor in Chemistry and Business.