Joined February 25, 2015 & Left August 25, 2017
Aparna is interested in studying cell state transitions through understanding gene interactions in melanoma. In the Judson lab, she specializes in genome editing and reconstituted skin culture, and aids in lab organization and maintenance. Aparna also takes an active role in mentorship, both mentoring International students in Science as well as helping to train graduate students working under Dr. Judson.
Aparna received her M.Sc. in Medical Biochemistry at Manipal Academy of Higher education. She worked as a graduate researcher and published a paper in understanding oxidative stress in Ulcers and understanding biochemical values upon treating with Benincasa hispida. Following this, she completed a certificate program at University of Washington to understand clinical studies and general pharmaceuticals in America. She then obtained her M.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Colorado State University where she worked as a graduate assistant in understanding vesicular trafficking in dense granule biogenesis.
Aparna worked as a Research Specialist and Lab Manager at USC, Los Angeles where she worked on studying drug development in targeting Eph/ Ephrin signaling in leukemia. She developed xenograft models of leukemia in immune compromised mice and specialized in PK/PD studies for pre-clinical studies of different drugs.
Aparna is now a Senior Research Associate at FLX Bio, Inc.