Current Lab Members

Homa Ghalei, PhD

Homa Ghalei, PhD
Assistant Professor

Homa received her B.SC. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Tehran University, Iran. She completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-BPC)/University of Goettingen (2010), Germany and followed this by a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Cellular Biochemistry at MPI-BPC/ Freie Universitaet Berlin (2012). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2017, Homa held a Research Associate position at the Department of Cancer Biology, The Scripps Research Institute.


Sohail Khoshnevis, PhD

Sohail received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Goettingen, Germany in 2010, and followed this by a postdoctoral fellowship in Physical Biochemistry at MPI-BPC. He was a Research Associate at Scripps, before joining Emory as a scientist in 2018.


Tobias Hoffman, MS

Tobias Hoffmann, MS
Research Specialist

Tobias completed his B.S. in Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta (2014). He then went back for a Master’s degree in Biology with a research focus on Cell Biology (2017) and worked with pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria in the Hammer lab at Georgia Tech. He joined the Ghalei lab as a Research Specialist in Feb. 2018.

Joanna Perez

Joanna Perez
Graduate Student, BCDB

Joanna completed her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2017). Afterward, she did a NIH funded internship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she studied the early effects of oncogene overexpression on the cell cycle. She was then accepted into the Emory University Laney Graduate School under the BCDB program, and is rotating in the Ghlaei Lab.

Jesse Tehrani

Debresha "Bre" Shelton
Graduate Student, GMB

Debresha “Bre” is from Nashville, TN where she received both her BA and Master’s in Biology at Fisk University. She is a first year student in GMB program, rotating in the Ghalei lab. Bre has interests in a diverse range of scientific topics that center around understanding how host mechanisms are commandeered or subverted by pathogens and how they impact disease etiology. In her spare time, she enjoys going to cultural events, lurking in late night coffee shops, visiting art galleries, creating DIY décor, and car-singing.

Jesse Tehrani

Jesse Tehrani
Graduate Student, GMB

Jesse is originally from North Carolina and is a first year student in the GMB program, rotating in the Ghalei lab. In 2018 he received his B.S in Molecular Biology at North Carolina State University where he studied how BPA exposure influences imprinted gene expression. When he’s not in the lab, Jesse enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Past members

Lindsey Curtis, Henry W. Grady High School
Liz Dreggors, Graduate Student
Keshav Shenoy, Joseph Wheeler High School, SSRP-Whinship Cancer Institute
Kiki Soto, Henry W. Grady High School
Sarah Wood, Atlanta Girls' School