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David B. Beck
David B. Beck
Principal Investigator

David.Beck@nyulangone.org  

David is the principal investigator of the lab and runs the Inflammatory Disease Genetics Clinic in the Department of Medicine. He received his B.A. from Brown University in the Departments of History and Biology. He earned his M.D./Ph.D. from New York University in the laboratory of Dr. Danny Reinberg. He continued with clinical training in the clinician scientist pathway in Internal Medicine at Columbia University and then went on to perform Clinical Genetics training at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins combined program. David performed his postdoctoral research with Dr. Dan Kastner at the National Institutes of Health.


Dinesh Babu Uthaya Kumar
Dinesh Babu Uthaya Kumar
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dinesh.Kumar@nyulangone.org  

Dinesh is a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory. Dinesh is currently investigating the underlying mechanism of VEXAS syndrome. His research examines the role of ubiquitylation in the hematopoietic compartment. He received his B.S. from the Anna University – Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Chennai, India, his masters from the University of Southern California–Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California with Dr. Keigo Machida, and his PhD from the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine with Dr. Adam Williams.


Daniela Ospina Cardona
Daniela Ospina Cardona
Technician

Daniela.OspinaCardona@nyulangone.org  

Daniela is currently characterizing novel mutations causing autoinflammatory diseases. She received her B.S. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore county, and was previously an IRTA fellow at the National Institutes of Health.


Anna Cantor
Anna Cantor

Genetic Counselor
Anna.Cantor@nyulangone.org  

Anna Cantor is a board-certified genetic counselor specializing in cancer and immunogenetics. Her clinical and research work focuses on providing genetic diagnoses for patients with suspected immune dysregulation disorders. She has a particular interest in promoting genomic education among healthcare providers and is a clinical supervisor and mentor for genetic counseling students. She earned her M.S. in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Anna also has a M.A. in behavioral neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and completed her B.A. in psychology from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.


Sam Magaziner
Sam Magaziner
Graduate Student

Samuel.Magaziner@nyulangone.org  

Sam is an MD/PhD candidate within the New York University Grossman School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). His work revolves around elucidating the mechanism of disease in patients with VEXAS and  characterizing the role of the master regulator of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System (UPS), UBA1, in physiological and disease states.  He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Columbia University.  He earned his MPhil in Biological Sciences from the University of Cambridge in the laboratory of Prof. George Salmond.  Prior to joining the NYU GSoM MSTP, Sam was an IRTA fellow at the National Institutes of Health where he worked in the group of Dr. Heather Hickman examining mechanisms of adaptive immunity in the setting of viral infection.  In his free time Sam enjoys entrepreneurship, reading and writing science fiction, and caring for his pet chameleon Clive.


Athena Lam
Athena Lam
Undergraduate Student

Athena.Lam@nyulangone.org  

Athena is an undergraduate student from Brandeis University majoring in biology. She has an interest in genetics and molecular biology, specifically in studying the role of  new genetic diseases in inflammation. In her free time she enjoys modern dance and creating short films.


Maryel Likhite
Maryel Likhite

Research Associate
Mary.Likhite@nyulangone.org  

Mary is a research associate in the laboratory. She is currently using exome and genome sequencing data to try to identify new genetic drivers of disease. Mary graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a BA in general biology and a minor in chemistry. She worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as a lab assistant in the Clinical Genomics and Advanced Technologies Lab as well as the Microbiology Lab. Mary will receive a master’s degree in applied genomics from the University of Connecticut in December 2022,