The Jadiya Lab aims to foster an inclusive and open lab culture that provides a productive, independent, and collegial environment for all members with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to flourish. Working to develop a better understanding of the mitochondrial (dys)function in aging and age-associated neurodegenerative diseases.

Our Research


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Our Team

Pooja Jadiya, Ph.D.

Pooja received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India where she studied functional genomics and epigenetic alterations in neurodegenerative diseases in the lab of Dr. Aamir Nazir. She completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. John Elrod at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia. During postdoctoral training, she discovered that mitochondrial calcium flux plays a key role in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.


  • Fellowship, Center for Translational Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2015 - 2020.
  • Fellowship, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, 2015.
  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India, 2015.
  • M.Sc., Biotechnology, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar, India, 2008.
  • B.Sc., Biotechnology, Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar, India, 2006.

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Darpan Raghav, Ph.D.

Darpan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Jadiya lab, where he focuses on investigating the role of mitochondrial protein quality control mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease using loss-and gain-of-function mouse models.


  • Fellowship, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 2021 - 2023.
  • Ph.D., Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Kerala, India, 2014 - 2020.
  • M.Sc., Life sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India, 2012 - 2014.

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Sarah Kaye

Sarah is a dedicated Ph.D. student in molecular medicine and translational science at Wake Forest University. She holds the prestigious National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award (NIH-NRSA) predoctoral fellowship (T32) within the Redox Biology and Medicine Graduate Training and Fellowship Program.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Wake Forest University Graduate School, Winston-Salem, NC, 2019 - current.
  • B.S., Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (with honors), University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2006 - 2011.

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Shatakshi Shukla

Shatakshi is a dynamic and dedicated visiting research graduate scholar. Within the Jadiya lab, she currently delving into the fascinating world of miRNAs and their impact on mitochondrial calcium signaling in Alzheimer's disease.


  • M.Sc., Biotechnology, Devi Ahilya University, Indore, India, 2017 - 2019.
  • B.Sc., (H) Biomedical Sciences, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 2014 - 2017.

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Past Members

Rakesh Sharma, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Gina Phanomchon
Undergraduate Research Intern

Anabelle Hessong
Undergraduate Research Intern

Nicole I. Anthony
Center for Precision Medicine Summer Intern

Natnael Belay
Enhancing Undergraduate Education and Research in Aging to Eliminate Health Disparities (ENGAGED) Summer Intern

Aarush Kulkarni
High-School Draelos Scholar

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