Principal Investigator, Associate Professor
Joy graduated with a PhD from The University of Durham in England and moved to the USA 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 in September 2011.
Favorite movie: Grease
Favorite food: Fish and Chips (from England)
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Running, eating, sleeping, repeat.
Punashi Dutta, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Punashi received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of South Florida, Tampa in August 2015. She joined the Lincoln Lab in March 2016 and is currently working on elucidating the molecular mechanisms involved in calcification of aortic valves and how they contribute to disease pathogenesis and treatment.
Favorite movie: Inside Out
Favorite food: Rapini Orecchiette
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Reading (books and poetry)
Donika Gallina, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Donika graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2008 with a BS in Biochemistry. She worked as a Lab Tech Associate for 3 years at the University of Michigan studying the development and the regeneration of the extraocular muscles. She joined the molecular, cellular and developmental biology graduate program at The Ohio State University in September 2011 studying retina regeneration, and graduated in August 2015 with a PhD. Donika joined the Lincoln Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2016 and is currently examining the role of Sox9 in post-natal growth and development of the heart valves.
Favorite movie: Scent of a Woman
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Exploring the outdoors with her children
Bailey Dye, BS
Bailey graduated from Otterbein University in May 2015 with a BS in Biology, and previously studied red maple toxicosis in the lab of Dr. Jeff Lehman. Following her graduation, she entered the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at The Ohio State University and joined the Lincoln Lab as a graduate student in January 2016. Bailey is currently exploring the role of the transcription factor, Scleraxis, in Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease. She loves the field of science because of the exciting new discoveries being made every day, and the opportunities to make jokes about the elements, periodically.
Favorite movie: Singin’ in the Rain
Favorite food: Chicken fingers (not nuggets)
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Sporting events, outdoor activities, museums, concerts and shows, etc.
Emily Nordquist, BS
Emily earned her BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 2016, and went on to become a graduate student in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program at The Ohio State University. She became a member of the Lincoln Lab in February of 2017 and is focusing on investigating regeneration potential in heart valves.
Favorite movie: Aladdin
Favorite food: Graeter's black raspberry chip ice cream
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Watching Netflix, reading, and running (but mostly Netflix if I'm being honest).
Kaitlyn Thatcher, BS
Research Assistant/Lab Manager
Kaitlyn joined the Lincoln Lab in January 2017 after graduating in December 2016 with a BS in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University. Before joining the Lincoln Lab, she worked as an undergraduate in the NCH Research Institute studying retinal development and regeneration. In the future, Kaitlyn hopes to attend graduate school for genetic counseling.
Favorite movie: Interstellar
Favorite food: Mac and cheese
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Shopping (mostly for stickers)
Tori is fourth year undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, majoring in Biology. She hopes to go to medical school in the fall. She has been working as a research aide in the Lincoln Lab since Fall 2014, and is currently helping Donika with her project concerning the contribution of Sox9 in valve development.
Favorite movie: Armageddon
Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Reading a good book
Lauren is a third year undergraduate at The Ohio State University, majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences on the pre-med track. She has been working as a research aide in the Lincoln Lab since Fall 2016, and is currently helping Bailey with her graduate thesis project.
Favorite movie: Wreck-It Ralph!
Favorite food: A classic cookies n’ cream milkshake
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Playing in the Ohio State Marching Band and hanging out with her band friends
Caleb is currently in his final year at Ohio State where he studies chemical and biomolecular engineering. Caleb Joined Lincoln Lab in the beginning of 2017. After graduation Caleb hopes to attend graduate school in a biology related field.
Favorite movie: Napoleon Dynamite
Favorite food: Fried pickles
Favorite activity outside of the lab: Seeing concerts
Blair Austin, BS, Research Associate (2012-2016)
Blair graduated from The OSU in Zoology in 2010 and joined The Lincoln Lab in March 2012. She is currently a Scientific Liaison for Image IQ in the Cleveland area.
Lindsey Anstine (Miller), PhD, Graduate Student (2012-2016)
Lindsey joined the Lincoln lab as a graduate student in July 2012 and published work examining the function of valve endothelial cells in development and disease. Lindsey was supported by an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship. She currently holds a Post Doctoral Research Fellow position at Case Western Reserve University.
Matthew Vandekopple, MS, Graduate Student (2013-2015)
Matt completed his Masters project examining the role of Scleraxis in regulating valve interstitial cell fate in 2015 and now works as a Research Association at The Ohio State University.
Danielle Huk, PhD, Graduate Student (2011-2015)
Danielle Huk joined The Lincoln Lab in June 2011 and focused on examining the molecular mechanisms that regulate the SRY-transcription factor Sox9 in Calcific Aortic Valve Disease. This work was funded by an AHA Predoctoral Fellowship award. She is currently working as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at The Ohio State University.
Damien Barnette, PhD, Graduate Student (2009-2014)
Damien joined The Lincoln Lab in 2009 while at The University of Miami, Florida and moved to Columbus in 2011. His thesis focused on examining the role of the bHLH transcription factor, Scleraxis in heart valve development and disease. He currently holds a British Heart Foundation Fellowship at The University of Oxford as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow.
Ge Tao, PhD, Graduate Student (2008-2012)
Following his PhD graduation from The Lincoln Lab in 2012, Tao is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Baylor School of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
Harriet Hammond, MS
Harriet is currently studying for her PhD in Toxicology at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Agata Levay, 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 completed a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is now faculty at Ferris State University.