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.


ball-jacob-200x267.jpgJacob Ball, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jacob received his B.S. in Chemistry at Georgia State University in 2013. He then continued his graduate research in the Gadda lab as a Molecular Basis of Disease fellow and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Georgia State University in 2018. While at GSU, he focused his research on the mechanistic enzymology of flavin-dependent enzymes. Jacob joined the Ghalei lab at Emory University in January 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow. In his free time, he enjoys playing drums and tennis. 

Unknown.jpegSaman M. Najmi, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Saman received her undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Austin College in 2014. In Fall of 2014, she started her graduate research in the Schneider lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and graduated with her Ph.D. in 2019. Her graduate research focused on characterizing mechanisms that regulate rRNA synthesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, photography, and spending time with her friends, as well as her cats.

dreggors-l-200x267.jpgLiz Dreggors
Graduate Student (BCDB)

Liz received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Mercer University in 2018. Right after college, she joined Emory’s BCDB program. Liz did an EarlyStart rotation in Ghaleilab this summer and officially joined the lab in February 2019 as the first graduate student. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her dog and hanging in her hammock.

Past members:

Ali HaghshenasUndergraduate Student, Spring 2019
Tobias Hoffmann, Research Specialist, 2018-2019

Summer interns:

Samhitha Cinthala, Undergraduate student, Case Western University, 2019
Adham Attia, Henry W. Grady High School, 2019
Kiki Soto, Henry W. Grady High School, 2018-2019
Lindsey Curtis, Henry W. Grady High School, 2018
Keshav Shenoy, Joseph Wheeler High School, SSRP-Whinship Cancer Institute, 2018
Sarah Wood, Atlanta Girls' School, 2018

Rotation Students

Joanna Perez, Graduate Student, BCDB- 1st rotation, 2018
Debresha "Bre" Shelton, Graduate Student, GMB-1st rotation, 2018
Jesse Tehrani, Graduate Student, GMB-1st rotation, 2018
Liz Dreggors, Graduate Student, BCDB, early rotation, 2018