Pepper Schedin, Ph.D.

Graduate program memberships

Cancer Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology

Schedin Lab

Sonali Jindal, Ph.D.

Sonali Jindal, M.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Education: MBBS, M.D. in pathology, J.N. Medical College, India 2008

In my career as a physician scientist, I am driven to understand the tumor-host environment including immune cell interactions in normal and pathological breast development. I am interested in unraveling the mysteries of how the biology of the tumor microenvironment (TME) drives tumor progression. Despite great advances made in the field, the role the TME plays in the lethality of cancer is still under appreciated. The TME provides rich opportunities to identify biomarkers for early detection, stratifying risk of progression, and targets for next generation treatments. My specific area of expertise is the use of histological platforms to aid in the development of prevention and treatment strategies. I am an expert in comparative histology between rodent mammary gland and human breast tissue, and am experienced in using semi-quantitative immunohistochemical analyses on tissue sections stained for single/dual/multiplex biomarkers, using computational softwares like Aperio, image J and cell profiler. 

Elizabeth Mitchell, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Mitchell, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: Ph.D. in cell biology from University of Alabama at Birmingham (2014), B.S. in biology, Florida State University (2007)

Nathan Pennock, Ph.D.

Nathan Pennock, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Education: Ph.D. in immunology, University of Colorado (Anschutz Medical Campus) (2015), B.S. in biochemistry, B.S. in chemistry, University of Washington (2002)

Alexandra Quackenbush, Ph.D.

Alexandra Quackenbush, B.S.
Graduate Student

Education: Ph.D. (in progress) in cancer biology, Oregon Health and Science University, B.S. in biology and mathematics, University of Portland (2015)

The Schedin Lab has shown that women who are diagnosed with breast cancer within 10 years of pregnancy have an increased risk for developing liver metastases in particular. My doctoral thesis is focused on understanding why a postpartum breast cancer diagnosis is an independent risk factor for liver metastases, and I am exploring the hypothesis that weaning-induced liver involution, a newly recognized postpartum biology, increases the risk of liver metastasis. Host-intrinsic mechanisms that promote breast cancer metastasis are important but also an under-developed area of cancer research.

Andrea Calhoun, Ph.D.

Andrea Calhoun, B.S., CEMT
Research Assistant 2

Education:  B.S. in biology with a concentration in microscopy, minor in chemistry, Central Michigan University (2007) 

Scientific interests: I am certified by the Microscopy Society of America as an Electron Microscopy Technician and plan on obtaining ASCP certification in histotechnology. Previous research positions within women’s health have guided my interest toward investigating the morphological and biochemical pathways involving the progression of breast cancer. I hope to use my histological expertise to assist the Schedin Lab in elucidating potential chemo-preventative strategies for postpartum involution-induced breast cancer.

Jayasri Narasimhan

Jayasri Narasimhan, B.A.
Research Assistant 2

Education: B.A. in chemistry, Reed College (2012)

Courtney Betts, Ph.D.

Courtney Betts, Ph.D.

Melody Blaj

Melody Blaj, B.S.

Breanna Caruso

Breanna Caruso, B.A.

Marcelia Curran-Brown

Marcelia Curran-Brown, B.S.

Erica Goddard

Erica Goddard, Ph.D.

Qiuchen Guo

Qiuchen Guo, Ph.D.

Hadley Holden

Hadley Holden, B.S., M.B.A.

Jing Wang

Jing Wang, B.S.

Alex Klug

Alex Klug, B.S.
Research Assistant