Moses Lab

Research Staff

Mary Aakre, Senior Research Specialist & Lab Manager

Mary grew up on a farm in west central Minnesota. It was there she learned a good work ethic and a conservative fiscal mindset. After college in Minneapolis (Associate of Arts in Applied Sciences, MLT, St. Mary's Junior College - now part of the College of St. Catherine), she started working for Dr. Moses at Mayo Clinic. In 1985, she and others chose to move with Dr. Moses to Vanderbilt University. The job has evolved over the years, and Mary's strengths are organization and efficiency, so the lab manager position is a good match. She does a lot of cell culture work, makes medias and many commonly used reagents, handles the chemical and radioactive waste, and does the ordering.

Mary Aakre's publications  /  mary.aakre@vanderbilt.edu


Anna Chytil, Senior Research Specialist

Originally from Czechoslovakia, Anna graduated with a B.S. in Biology from George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt and joined the Moses Lab in 1992. During her tenure in the lab, she has made several constructs including the targeting vector for conditional inactivation of the Tgfbr2 locus. Presently, she is making transgenic constructs, establishing epithelial cell lines from mouse mammary and forestomach tumor cells, carrying several genetically modified mouse lines, and assisting post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in their studies.

Anna Chytil's publications  /  anna.chytil@vanderbilt.edu


Agnieszka (Agnes) Gorska, Senior Research Specialist

After graduating from Warsaw University with a M.S. in Cell Biology, Agnes joined the Moses lab in September 1990 as a Research Assistant II.  She was born in Krakow, Poland where she attended Jagellonian University to study biology.  Her first assignment at the laboratory was to work with Dr.Edmund Yang, who was finishing his MD/PhD program.  Agnes then worked on the role of TGF-ß in mammary gland development and tumorigenesis using Dominant–Negative (DNIIR) Type II receptor transgenic mice. Currently, she is involved in projects helping post-doctoral fellows and students determine the role of TGF-ß in tumorigenesis.  Agnes has recently crossed MMTV-DNIIR mice with MMTV-c-neu mice to examine the role of bone marrow derived cells in these models.  Outside of work, Agnes enjoys living in Nashville with her daughter, Ania.  She likes to travel back home to Poland, and enjoys cooking, the outdoors, and ballroom dancing.

Agnes Gorska's publications  /  agnes.gorska@vanderbilt.edu


Dina Polosukhina, Research Assistant II

Dina researches with Peter Clark, MD.  She studied chemistry and biology at Novosibirsk State University (Novosibirsk, Russia) and graduated with MSc in Cytology and Genetics. She then worked at the Academy of Medical Sciences in Novosibirsk. Dina is from Siberia, Russia. 






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