People

Principle Investigator

Seth L. Robia, Ph.D.



708-216-2522 (Office)
B.A. Biology, Chemistry, St. Olaf College
M.S., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seth joined the faculty in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine in 2006.  He teaches a range of subjects for medical and graduate students including Biochemistry (lipid metabolism, enzyme kinetics) Cell Biology (cell cycle, apoptosis), Biophysics (membrane transport, imaging for drug discovery), and Physiology (reproduction).  

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jaroslava Šeflová


Graduate Students

Sean Cleary



John Yap



Lab Technicians

Ellen Cho

echo5@luc.edu

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Illinois

Since 2016 Ellen has worked hard to maintain all of the cell cultures in the Robia Lab which are so crucial to the day-to-day experiments.  She also spends time on micropeptide interactions with SERCA, a key research aim of the lab. 

Michael Dalton




Marsha Pribadi



Undergraduate Researcher

Garrett Hauck



Robia Lab Alumni

Former Trainees               Role                             Dates                   Subsequent Position, or Current Position

Eileen M. Kelly                Technician                  7/06 – 1/09          Accountant, Cosco

Zhihong Hu                       Tech/Postdoc              6/08 – 9/10          Asst. Prof., Univ. Texas HSC Houston

Sebastian Mestril              Undergrad Res.           6/10 – 8/10          Grad Student, UNC Chapel Hill

Zachary Jones                   Undergrad Res.           6/10 – 8/10          Special Education teacher

Paul Hale                          Research Assistant      6/10 – 10/10        Law School

Qiujing Song                     Postdoc                       6/08 – 6/11          Dentist, Lisle, IL

Eric DeGuevara                High School Res.        6/11 – 8-11          Undergrad, Univ. Il. Urbana-Champaign

Edgar Gonzales                 High School Res.        12/11 – 5/12        College Student

Philip Bidwell                   Grad student (PhD)     6/08 – 4/12          Research Assoc., Univ. of Minnesota 

Sandeep Pallikkuth           Postdoc                       1/10 – 5/12          Staff Scientist, Univ. New Mexico

Dane Zieman                    Undergrad                   6/10 – 9/12          Engineer, Thermo-Fisher Scientific

Christian Espino               High School Res.        10/12 – 5/13        Undergrad, St. Mary’s Univ., MN

Christopher Stefonowicz Technician                  6/12 – 7/13          Med student, Stritch School of Medicine

Alex Ticho                        Technician                  2/12 – 6/13          MD/PhD student, Univ. IL, Chicago

Aimee Bueno                    High School Res.        6/13– 8/14           Undergrad, Univ. IL, Chicago

Michael Sobieraj              Postbac student           7/13 – 9/13          MD student

Marsha Pribadi                 Technician                  8/13 – 6/14          Property Consultant, Jakarta, Indonesia

Surtaj Iram                        Postdoc                       9/12 – 9/14          Assistant Professor, South Dakota State

Juan Orozco                      High School Res.        6/14 – 8/14          Undergrad, DePaul University

Berenis Calleros               High School Res.        6/14 – 8/14          High School Student

S. Mazurek (coadvisor)    Grad student (PhD)     6/10 – 7/14          Postdoc, Northwestern

Neha Abrol                       Grad student (PhD)     6/11 – 10/14        Assoc. Sci. Dir., PRI Healthcare Sol'ns.

Zhanjia Hou, PhD             Research Asst. Prof.   2/07 – 5/15          Medical Physicist, Mobile, AL

Ryan Himes                      Grad student (PhD)     6/11 – 7/15          Asst. Professor, Olivet Nazarene Univ.

Vidhya Sivakumaran        Postdoc                       12/13 – 8/15        Team Lead, Intelligent Medical Objects

Daniel J. Blackwell           Grad student (PhD)     6/11 – 7/16          Postdoc, Vanderbilt, (B. Knollman)

Taylor Zak                        MD/PhD student         7/13 – 7-17          MD Resident, Northwestern U.

John Wolf                         MD student                 5/17-7/17             MD student, Creighton Univ.

Nikolai Smolin                 Staff Scientist             7/12 – 11/17        Senior Data Scientist, Commerce Signals

Olga Raguimova               Grad Student (PhD)    6/14 – 6/18          Senior Scientist, Abbott Labs

Garrett Huack                   Undergraduate Res     6/18 – 8/18          Undergrad, The Ohio State Univ.

Deo Singh                         Staff Scientist             7/18 – 11/18        Staff Scientist, ABS Global, Madison, WI











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Daniel Blackwell, Ph.D.


John Wolf


Taylor Zak, M.D., Ph.D.


Olga Raguimova, Ph.D.


Nikolai Smolin, Ph.D.


Deo Singh, Ph.D.