Joy Lincoln, PhD, Principal Investigator, Associate Professor
Joy graduated with a PhD from The University of Durham in England and moved to the US in 2002 for her postdoctoral training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In 2006, she established her own laboratory at the University of Miami, Florida, and relocated her lab to Nationwide Children's Hospital in September 2011.
Blair Austin, BS, Research Associate
Blair graduated from The Ohio State University in zoology in 2010 and joined the Lincoln lab in March 2012. In addition to being lab manager, Blair's research is focused on defining fate maps of valve cells in vivo.
Damien Barnette, BA, Graduate Student
Damien graduated with a BA in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, worked as a pharmacy technician until 2009, then joined the molecular and cellular pharmacology graduate program at the University of Miami in Florida. In 2011 Damien relocated with Dr. Lincoln and continues his thesis examining the role of the bHLH transcription factor, Scleraxis in heart valve development and disease.
Danielle Huk, BS, Graduate Student
Danielle Huk joined the Lincoln Lab in June 2011 after completing her BS in toxicology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. In the lab, Danielle is interested in examining the molecular mechanisms that regulate the SRY-transcription factor Sox9 in Calcific Aortic Valve Disease. Danielle is currently funded by an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship award.
Lindsey Miller, BS, Graduate Student
Lindsey graduated from Kent State University in May 2011 with a BS in biology before joining the molecular, cellular and developmental biology graduate program at The Ohio State University. Lindsey joined the Lincoln Lab as a graduate student in July 2012 and is currently examining the function of valve endothelial cells in development and disease.
Matthew Vandekopple, BS, Graduate Student
Matt is a graduate student in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Program at The Ohio State University and joined the Lincoln Lab in 2013 following completion of his BS in biology from Cedarville University in 2010. Matt's research interests include understanding the molecular basis of myxomatous mitral valve disease using innovative in vitro and in vivo tools.
Agata Levy, MS
Agata is currently working as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Miami.
Jacqueline Peacock, PhD
After graduating with a PhD from the Lincoln Lab, Jacque now works as a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Harriet Hammond, MS
Harriet is currently studying for her PhD in Toxicology at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ge Tao, PhD
Following his PhD graduation from the Lincoln Lab, Tao is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Baylor School of Medicine, Houston, Texas.