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Nicoli Lab
 Yale University
Stefania Nicoli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

I established my lab here at Yale Cardiovascular Research Center in 2012 after finishing my postdoctoral work at UMASS Medical School, Worcester, MA in the Lawson Lab. My goal is to undestand the function of miRNAs and RNA processes in physiological mechanisms such as vascular biology, development and neurogenesis. 

Email:  stefania.nicoli@yale.edu

Emma Ristori, M.S.
Research Associate

Emma joined the lab as a post-graduate student​ in 2012 after obtaining her Master's of Science degree at University of Firenze, Italy. She was promoted to research associate in 2015 and is now the lab manager of the Nicoli Lab.

Email:  emma.ristori@yale.edu

Dionna M. Kasper, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dionna received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Union College in 2008. For her graduate training, Dionna investigated the epigenetic mechanisms that control piRNA biogenesis in the C. elegans ​germ line with Dr. Valerie Reinke at Yale University, earning her Ph.D. in 2014. With a keen interest in the role of small RNAs in developmental biology, Dionna joined the Nicoli lab in December 2014 to study the function of single- and multi-gene miRNA families during zebrafish cardiovascular development. Recently, she was awarded the NRSA (F32) postdoctoral fellowship from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Email: dionna.kasper@yale.edu

Albertomaria Moro, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher

Albertomaria joined the lab in May 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in Macchi's Lab at University of Trento, Italy, where he studied the role of the RNA binding protein RALY in mammalian neuronal cells.  Albertomaria's project focuses on the identification of the miRNA-mRNA interactome that controls endothelial cell mechanotransduction. 

Email: albertomaria.moro@yale.edu

Amy Warner
Yale Undergraduate Student

Amy joined the Nicoli Lab in May 2017. She is a Yale Undergraduate from South Africa, studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Amy will be exploring cardiovascular phenotypes of miRNA CRISPR/Cas9 mutants in order to assist with the development of her senior research project. Amy is also on the Women's Crew Team at Yale.

Email: amy.warner@yale.edu

William Armero
Postgraduate Researcher

Will joined the lab as a postgraduate researcher in August 2017 after receiving a B.A. in Chemistry from Skidmore College. Will has strong interests in cardiovascular disease and translational research and is working to establish a zebrafish model of intracranial aneurysm.

Email:  william.armero@yale.edu

Meredith S. Cavanaugh, M.S.   
Zebrafish Aquaculture Technician

Meredith joined the Nicoli Lab in November 2015 after receiving her Master's of Science degree in Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Biology at James Cook University in Australia.  She is now the Zebrafish facility manager for the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, here at 300 George St. Please contact Meredith for specific Zebrafish line requests.

Email: meredith.cavanaugh@yale.edu