Lab Members

Jared Bergman

Jared Bergman

Post-doctoral fellow

Jared graduated with a PhD from the University of Utah’s Department of Biology, working on microtubule-based trafficking under Dr. Michael Vershinin’s mentorship.  He has joined the Mendoza lab to study how oncogenic signaling pathways increase cell invasiveness.

Andrew Elliott

Andrew Elliott

Post-doctoral fellow

Andrew completed his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from Indiana University, studying cytoskeletal organization and morphogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Sidney Shaw.  He is currently interested in the molecular mechanisms of cell migration and the invasion of cancer cells.

Kimberly Coffman

Kimberly Coffman

MB Graduate student

Kimberly graduated from UC - Santa Barbara.  She studied the mTOR pathway for 4 years as a technician at UCLA before coming to Utah.  She is following her interest in the signal transduction of normal and cancer cells with a project on ERK-MAPK signals to focal adhesions.

Shiela Samson

Shiela Samson

Senior Laboratory Specialist/ Lab Manager

Shiela is a graduate of the UofU’s MB graduate program (Ph.D. with Dr. Joseph Yost).  She is interested in cell movements that shape development.  She wants to understand which signaling pathways are involved in cell movement and how these normal processes are hijacked to promote cancer metastasis.

Kelley Ingram

Kelley Ingram

Laboratory Technician

Kelley just graduated from the UofU with a B.S. in Biology.  She is interested in medicine and understanding the cancer disease process.

Keith Carney

Keith Carney

Software Engineer

Keith received his M.S. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Physics.  His interests are bio-engineering and MATLAB software development for biological analysis.

Rebecca Goldstein

Rebecca Goldstein

Bioengineering Graduate student

Rebecca is a PhD student in bioengineering and is part of the med-into-grad clinical translational medicine program. As an undergraduate, she studied Chemistry and Biology at Westminster College and was a research assistant in the U of U Department of Chemistry. Rebecca is excited to understand how the properties of a cell’s three-dimensional environment influence cell morphology and migration to better understand metastasis and wound healing.

Past Lab Members

  • Brian Mueller – Lab Specialist, moved on to the UofU MB graduate program.
  • Yung Kim – Laboratory Specialist, moved on to become staff at the U. of Minnesota Imaging Center and graduate student in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Jesus Juarez  – Laboratory Technician (UCSF), moved on to Medical School at UCLA.
Michelle Mendoza
Michelle C. Mendoza, PhD
Principal Investigator
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Collaborations

The Mendoza lab has a funded collaboration with the Snyder lab to investigate the signaling mechanisms that contribute to ERK hyper-activation and tumor progression in KRas positive, Nkx2.1 negative lung cancers.  This project is jointly carried-out by Rediet Zewdu and Kelley Ingram.