Luis Zirnberger Batista

Principal Investigator

Luis received his PhD from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (under the supervision of Dr. Carlos Menck), working in close collaboration with Dr. Bernd Kaina at the University of Mainz, Germany. After his postdoctoral training with Steve Artandi at Stanford, Luis joined Washington University in St. Louis as an Assistant Professor in 2014.

When not in lab Luis enjoys playing tennis, cooking, watching soccer and spending time with his daughter!

Alexandre Vessoni

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alex joined the lab in 2016, shortly after completing his PhD at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and University of California San Diego. During his PhD, Alex focused on developing a novel human induced pluripotent stem cell model to study syndromes of premature aging. Alex is interested in understanding the impact of telomere shortening on the metabolism of human stem cells, and how these processes impact tissue aging. Alex has received the Majerus Fellowship for Postdoctoral trainees in 2016 and the Adel Yunis Award for scientific achievements.

Outside the lab, Alex enjoys watching a good movie, reading a book, and having a nice meal.

Ho-Chang Jeong

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hochang received his the Department of Oriental Medicine Biotechnology at Kyung Hee University in 201. He then moved to the Department of Life Science at Sogang University (under the supervision of Dr. Hyuk-Jin Cha) where he received hi PhD in 2017in 2017. Hochang joined the Batista Lab in 2018, where he interested in deciphering the role of telomerase and telomeres during hematopoietic and hepatic development.

Outside the lab, Hochang enjoys riding his bike and watching a movie with beer.

Michael Munroe

Postdoctoral Fellow

Michael graduated from Indiana University in 2011 and from there moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his PhD in 2018.  He joined the Batista Lab in July 2018, as a NIH-sponsored Postdoctoral fellow. Michael is adapting novel in vivo and in vitro models to be used for the study of telomerase and telomere maintenance. With novel technologies in hand, Michael plans to advance the field of telomere dysfunction induced disease and provide novel treatment options for patients afflicted with these syndromes

Outside the lab Michael enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their dog, playing golf, and enjoying good food!


Kirsten Brenner

Wilson Fok

Ed Zhu

Jason Colasanti

Evandro Niero

Leonardo Cruz

Marquet Minor

Gabriela (Gabby) Perez-Garcia