Lab Contact Info

LAB:  835 S Wolcott Ave

        E709 MSB

PH #:  (312) 413-5561
FAX:  (312) 996-1225

Minshall Lab

Current Lab Members

Zhenlong Chen, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Endothelical cell receptors & signaling in wound healing and lung diseases.

Maricela Castellon, PhD

Lab Manager

Misuk Bae, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

Focus on characterizing the cellular signaling mechanism in vascular regulation and developing translational medicine using in vivo model of cardiovascular/pulmonary disease.

Suellen D`Arc dos Santos Oliveira, PhD

Postdoc Research Associate

Mechanisms of endothelial cell switch to a dysfunctional phenotype in vascular inflammatory diseases.

Cassandre Coles

Predoc Student

Jie Liu

Predoc Student

The critical role of caveolin-1 (Cav-1) in endothelial uptake of lipids, and the role of caveolae in oxLDL uptake and transport to the subendothelial layer.

The role of ICAM-1- mediated neutrophil recruitment during inflammation.

Research Interests

Vascular Biology

Cell Receptors & Signaling

Past Trainees

Ayesha N. Shajahan, PhD

Predoctoral Student


Current Position: Asst. Professor, Georgetown University, Lombardi Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Research Center (Robert Clark, PI)   


Maria Sverdlov, PhD     

Predoctoral Student


Awards: UIC Center for Cardiovascular Research, Research Day Poster Award

Current Position: Staff Scientist, Department of Pathology, Diagnostic Molecular Biology Laboratory, UIC

Aaron Place, PhD    

Predoctoral Student


Current Position: Medical Science Liaison, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Farnaz Bakhshi, PhD

Predoctoral Student



Position: Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Management, Harvard Medical School

Luiza Rusu, MD/PhD

Predoctoral Student


Current Position: Postdoc, Ohio State University

Jiang Ying, BS

Visiting Research Scholar


Current Position: PhD Candidate in Biomedical Eng., School of Life Science and Technology, China

Simone Potje, BS

Visiting Research Scholar


Current Status: PhD Candidate in Physiology, State University of São Paulo, Brazil

Thomas Gerber, MD

Theresa John, PhD

Kings College, London

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Professor, Univ. of Lagos, Dept of Pharmacology

Scott Allen, PhD

Chemistry, Oregon State University

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Associate Professor, Univ. of Tampa, Dept. of Chemistry

Nikolaos Maniatis, MD/PhD

University of Berlin

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellow


Current Position: Assoc. Professor, Dept. Pulmonary & Crit. Care Med., University of Pittsburgh

Yawer Husain, PhD

India Institute of Technology, Dehli

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Research Scientist, Stem Cell Research Lab, Rajasthan Medical University, India

Guochang Hu, MD/PhD

Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesia, China

Research Assistant Professor


Current Position: Associate Professor, UIC Anesthesiology, 10/1/10-present

Guoquan Liu, PhD

Pharmacology, Medical College of Ohio

Postdoctoral Research Associate (6/03-9/07); Research Assistant Professor (9/07-10/12)

Current Position: Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Tim Grob, MD

Medical Student, Vrie University Hospital and Cardiovascular Center, Amsterdam

Visiting Research Scholar


Current Position: Medical Resident, Vrie University Hospital and Cardiovascular Center, Amsterdam

Vasily Shinin, MD/PhD

Cell and Developmental Biology, Univ. of Moscow, Russia

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Research Scientist, Univ. of Moscow

Tobias Piegeler, MD

University Zurich Hospital, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Switzerland

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Resident Physician, Institute of Anesthesiology, University of Zurich Hospital

Martin Schläpfer, MD

University Zurich Hospital, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Switzerland



Current Position: Attending Physician, Institute of Anesthesiology, University of Zurich Hospital

Olga Chernaya, PhD

Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Chicago

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Instructor, Georgia Tech. University

Adriana Zimnicka, PhD

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Instructor, Dept. of Physiology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Luiza Rusu, MD, PhD

University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest; UIC Pharmacology

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Current Position: Postdoctoral Assistant, Dept. of Pulm. Med., Ohio State University