Research Team

Lab Members

You-E (Erica) Li, MD
You-E (Erica) Li, MD
Lab Supervisor

Erica received her MD degree from Xiangya School of Medicine in China in 1988 and completed her otolaryngology resident training in 1995. She then moved to the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and in 2004 moved to the University of Iowa. She has won several awards and has had a number of publications. She joined Dr. Sarah England’s lab in September 2011.

Email: youeli@wustl.edu

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Carmel Martin-Fairey
Post-Doctoral research Associate

Carmel received her dual B.S. degrees in Animal and Poultry Sciences and Business from Tuskegee University, Masters of Science in Zoology with a minor in Biotechnology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh,NC and PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Carmel joined the England lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in December 2014. Her current research aims to determine the roles that both genetic and environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms play in risk of preterm birth.

Email: c.a.martin-fairey@wustl.edu

Ramon A. Lorca, PhD
Ramon A. Lorca, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ramon received his BSc in biological sciences from P. Catholic University of Chile in 2001 and completed his PhD in biological sciences m. Physiology at P. Catholic University of Chile in 2008. He started his postdoctoral training at the Mohapatra Lab in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Iowa, from January 2009 to May 2010. Ramon joined the England Lab in May 2010 as a postdoctoral fellow

Email: lorcar@wudosis.wustl.edu

Monali Prabagaran, PhD
Monali Prabagaran, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Monali received her PhD in Applied Biology from National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, ICMR, University of Mumbai in 2008. She then joined the faculty at G.N.Khalsa College of Arts and Science in Mumbai and coordinated the Masters course in Bioinformatics. Monali was chairperson in bioformatics for the academic year 2010-2011 at the University of Mumbai. Monali joined the England lab in January 2012. She is very happy to be associated with England lab as it was her dream to explore the multifaceted ion channels ever since she was pursuing her doctoral training.

Email: prabagaranm@wudosis.wustl.edu

Xiaofeng Ma, PhD
Xiaofeng Ma, PhD
Staff Scientist

Xiaofeng received his PhD from Shanghai Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Science in China in 1998 . He then worked at the Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis as a post-doc and Research scientist, and has a number of publications. Xiaofeng joined Dr. Sarah England’s lab in February 2014.

Email: max@wudosis.wustl.edu

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Ronald McCarthy
Staff Scientist

Ron received his BA degree in 1990 from Southern Illinois Carbondale and an ADN degree in 1995 from The Jewish Hospital of Nursing. He worked in the Department of Dermatology from 1990 to 1996 then transferred to the Department of Pulmonary where he helped start and manage the Pulmonary Mouse Transgenic/Knockout Core for 18 years. Ron joined the Dr. Sarah England’s lab in December 2014 to be part of the Transdisciplinary Prematurity Research Center team funded by the March of Dimes.

Email: mccarthyr@wudosis.wustl.edu

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Chinwendu Amazu
Graduate Student

Chinwe received her BS degree in 2014 from University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville, MD. She started her MSTP program in June 2014 at The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Email: amazuc@wusm.wustl.edu

Erin Reinl, BS
Erin Reinl, BS
Graduate Student

Erin received her BS degree in 2009 from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She worked as a research assistant in Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa from May 2009 to July 2010 before starting graduate school at the University of Iowa in August 2010. She joined the England lab at the University of Iowa in May 2011 and transferred to Washington University Molecular and Cellular Biology Program in January of 2012 to complete her doctoral training.

Email: erin.reinl@wustl.edu

Beakal Gezahegn
Beakal Gezahegn
Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Beakal is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Writing at Washington University. She joined the England lab in May 2014, and is very excited to begin her research career by learning more about women’s reproductive sciences.

Email: beakal.gezahegn@wustl.edu

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Erin Jo
Undergraduate Student

Erin is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in biology at Washington University. She joined the lab in September 2014 and is looking forward to learning more about women's reproductive sciences and gaining a variety of laboratory skills and knowledge.

Email: erinjo@wustl.edu

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Grace Lee
Undergraduate Student

Grace is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Global Health and Biology at Washington University. She joined the lab in March 2015 and is looking forward to learning more about women's reproductive sciences and gaining a variety of laboratory skills.

Email:

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Will Freeman
Undergraduate Student

Will Freeman is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry/Biochemistry and minoring in Global Health. He joined the England Lab in April of 2015 and is excited to be working with the England team and exploring women's health and reproduction.

Email: w.freeman@wustl.edu

Administrative Staff

Nicole Benoit
Nicole Benoit
Secretary III

Nicole joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in January 2016.

Email: benoitn@wustl.edu

Past Trainees

Cara Rada
Graduate Student

Currently a graduate student at University of California, San Diego.

Dominique Dixon
BioMed RAP Scholar

Dominique Dixon is an undergraduate student majoring in Biology/Pre-Med and minoring in Chemistry at Alabama State University. She joined the England Lab in May 2015 as part of the 2015 Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMedRAP). She is excited to learn more about women's reproductive sciences and gaining a variety of laboratory skills.

DeCoria McCauley
BioMed RAP Scholar

DeCoria McCauley is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Florida A&M University. She joined the England lab in June 2014 as part of the 2014 Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMedRAP).

Alexandra Rhodes
Undergraduate Student

Currently a student at Washington University Medical School

Neha Mukunda
Undergraduate Student

Grace Murray
Undergraduate Student

Currently a Medical Student at The University of Iowa