Job Opportunities


Scientific Analyst II

We are always looking for new talented and dedicated scientific minds to join our team. E-mail us if you're interested in joining the lab!

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Current Lab Members

Casey Romanoski, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor,
Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Casey received her B.A. in 2004 from the Arizona International College at the University of Arizona where she concentrated in Math and Science. She then received her Ph.D. from UCLA in Human Genetics from the laboratory of Dr. Aldons (Jake) Lusis. In the Lusis Lab, Casey demonstrated that gene regulation in human endothelial cells is genetically and environmentally determined. She then completed her postdoctoral research at UCSD in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher Glass. There, Casey used natural genetic variation between inbred mouse strains to demonstrate the hierarchical and collaborative nature of enhancer activity in gene regulation. Throughout her training, Casey became very interested in the interdependence between genetic sequence and molecular traits, which is the foundation of her ongoing research.

In 2016, Casey accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and BIO5 Fellow at the University of Arizona. Her research program uses experimental and computational approaches to better understand complex disease and human biology.

Casey is a native Tucsonan and proud to be an Arizona Wildcat. If you are interested in joining our team, email the lab.

Michael Whalen, M.S.



Laboratory Coordinator

Michael received a B.S. in Biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York in 2009. Following his degree, he worked for several years as a research technician in the fields of virology, molecular biology, and plant science. He then further pursued his interests at the time, and continued taking classes at the University of Arizona and received a M.S. in Plant Science. Interested in returning to the fields of molecular biology and genomics, Michael joined the Romanoski lab as a Research Technican in the spring of 2016.

Lindsey Stolze



PhD Student

Lindsey received her B.S. from Northern Arizona University in General Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics in May of 2016. There, she discovered an interest in genetics studying Glossiphoniidae leeches from the Rio De Flag water ways and Montezuma Well. Lindsey joined the ABBS program at the University of Arizona in 2016 and the Romanoski Lab in March 2017 working toward her PhD in Genetics. Her research focuses on understanding the genetic underpinnings of human endothelial cell responses to inflammatory environments.

Austin Conklin



PhD Student

Austin received his B.S. from the College of Agriculture at the University of Wyoming in May 2017, where he studied Molecular Biology with a minor in Computer Science. He developed an interest in biological research while studying Myxobacteria as an undergraduate. Austin joined the University of Arizona ABBS program in 2017 and joined the Romanoski Lab as a PhD student in Molecular Medicine in March 2018. Austin has an interest in the genetic programs that govern endothelial cell identity and behavior.

Maria Adelus



MD/PhD Student

Maria received two B.A. degrees from Santa Clara University in Women’s and Gender Studies and Religious Studies. She then received her M.P.H. from Creighton University School of Medicine and begun her career in translational research at Stanford University before her acceptance into the M.D./Ph.D. program at University of Arizona. Maria’s overarching interest lies in elucidating sex and gender disparities in medicine from bench to bedside. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which biological sex differences modulate the epigenome and transcriptome in human aortic endothelial cells.

Evilina Kadimova



Undergraduate Student

Evilina grew up in Moscow, Russia and came to Tucson in 2006. She joined the lab as a KEYS student in the summer of 2018 and decided to return as an undergraduate after her first semester at the University of Arizona to focus on the genetic applications in the progression of atherosclerosis and CAD. She is currently majoring in Physiology and minoring in Russian studies.

Dylan Angle



Undergraduate Student

Dylan was raised in Phoenix before moving to Tucson as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. He is currently majoring in Physiology and Molecular Biology, with a minor in Spanish. He joined the Romanoski Lab in the Fall of 2020 to expand his scope of hands-on research to include genetics. Dylan plans on attending medical school after graduating.

Lab Alumni

Anna Eshghi



Undergraduate Student

Anna grew up in Germany and moved to Tucson in 2016 for her studies. She is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a concentration in Genetics and Human Health at the UA. She joined the Romanoski Lab in summer of 2017 to gain hands-on experience in her field of study and is studying endothelial cell gene regulation.

Allie Basurto



KEYS Student

Allie worked in the lab as part of the KEYS program during the summer of 2019, helping determine the roles FES and AXL in inflammation.

Destiny Hodges



KEYS Student

Destiny worked in the lab as part of the KEYS program during the summer of 2017, helping the lab optimize CRISPR transfection protocols.

Nizar Hadeli



Undergraduate Student

Nizar graduated from Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson in 2016 and has participated in biomedical research since 2015 when he was a KEYS student at UA. Nizar is a Physiology Major and completed his Honor’s College First Year Project in the Romanoski Lab where he studied effect of ERG and other factors on endothelial cell gene regulation.