Justin Colacino   Justin is the Principal Investigator of the Colacino Lab and is the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and graduate work at the University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of Michigan. When he's not deep in cancer research or teaching toxicology, Justin likes playing music, making tacos, and hanging out with his two Persian cats. For more about Justin, check out  his CV , his  UMSPH faculty page , or follow him on  Twitter .

Justin Colacino

Justin is the Principal Investigator of the Colacino Lab and is the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and graduate work at the University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of Michigan. When he's not deep in cancer research or teaching toxicology, Justin likes playing music, making tacos, and hanging out with his two Persian cats. For more about Justin, check out his CV, his UMSPH faculty page, or follow him on Twitter.

  Chanese Forté   Chanese is a PhD student pursuing a degree in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and her master’s in public health from the University of Georgia. Chanese’s research interests lie in chemical exposure in agriculture workers and cancer development. Outside of the laboratory, Chanese enjoys making pottery and going on long walks in the arboretum! Check out Chanese on  LinkedIn .

Chanese Forté

Chanese is a PhD student pursuing a degree in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock and her master’s in public health from the University of Georgia. Chanese’s research interests lie in chemical exposure in agriculture workers and cancer development. Outside of the laboratory, Chanese enjoys making pottery and going on long walks in the arboretum! Check out Chanese on LinkedIn.

  Tasha Thong   Tasha is a Ph.D. student studying Toxicology in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Tasha is an active member of Team Breast Cancer in the Colacino lab and her research interests include using 3D tissue culture of conditionally reprogrammed normal mammary cells to study the effects of Cadmium exposure on the oxidative environment of mammary stem cells and breast development. Tasha enjoys cooking food, consuming food, long naps, rock climbing, and yoga. She became a true Michigander this summer by homebrewing her first batch of beer!

Tasha Thong

Tasha is a Ph.D. student studying Toxicology in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Tasha is an active member of Team Breast Cancer in the Colacino lab and her research interests include using 3D tissue culture of conditionally reprogrammed normal mammary cells to study the effects of Cadmium exposure on the oxidative environment of mammary stem cells and breast development. Tasha enjoys cooking food, consuming food, long naps, rock climbing, and yoga. She became a true Michigander this summer by homebrewing her first batch of beer!

 
  Sabrina Rocco   Sabrina recently graduated with a master of science degree in Toxicology from the University of Michigan. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio). Sabrina’s research interests include the use of 3D tissue culture models to elucidate the effects of toxicants, particularly cadmium and parabens, on human breast stem cells, as well as understanding their role in breast cancer development. Outside of lab, Sabrina enjoys trying new restaurants and breweries around Michigan, singing whenever possible, and going on the occasional run/most likely walk around Ann Arbor.

Sabrina Rocco

Sabrina recently graduated with a master of science degree in Toxicology from the University of Michigan. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio). Sabrina’s research interests include the use of 3D tissue culture models to elucidate the effects of toxicants, particularly cadmium and parabens, on human breast stem cells, as well as understanding their role in breast cancer development. Outside of lab, Sabrina enjoys trying new restaurants and breweries around Michigan, singing whenever possible, and going on the occasional run/most likely walk around Ann Arbor.

  Sarah Karram   Sarah is an MPH student studying Epidemiology and is incredibly excited to be a part of breast cancer research in the Colacino lab and learn about the specificity and intricacy of environmental health science. Outside of research, Sarah enjoys being a member of the Michigan Marching Band tuba section, performing and writing for theatrical productions, and doing community service work with her sorority and other student organizations.

Sarah Karram

Sarah is an MPH student studying Epidemiology and is incredibly excited to be a part of breast cancer research in the Colacino lab and learn about the specificity and intricacy of environmental health science. Outside of research, Sarah enjoys being a member of the Michigan Marching Band tuba section, performing and writing for theatrical productions, and doing community service work with her sorority and other student organizations.

  Lauren Middleton   Lauren just finished her undergraduate degree in Biology from Vassar College and now is planning to obtain a dual MPH and MD degree. Lauren is excited to be part of Team Breast Cancer in the Colacino lab! Her research interests include the use of 3D tissue culture models to understand the effects of cadmium on human breast stem cells, and its impact on breast development. Outside of research, Lauren enjoys volunteering with her college’s EMS agency, teaching CPR classes, playing flute in a student orchestra, and playing intramural volleyball.

Lauren Middleton

Lauren just finished her undergraduate degree in Biology from Vassar College and now is planning to obtain a dual MPH and MD degree. Lauren is excited to be part of Team Breast Cancer in the Colacino lab! Her research interests include the use of 3D tissue culture models to understand the effects of cadmium on human breast stem cells, and its impact on breast development. Outside of research, Lauren enjoys volunteering with her college’s EMS agency, teaching CPR classes, playing flute in a student orchestra, and playing intramural volleyball.

 
  Vy Nguyen   Vy is a PhD student pursuing a degree in Bioinformatics from the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and is being co-mentored by Justin and Dr. Olivier Jolliet. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Math from Baylor University and will receive her master in Bioinformatics from University of Michigan. Vy’s research interests include identifying chemical exposure patterns in the US population and understanding how such patterns are related to consumer products usage. Outside of the laboratory, Vy enjoys antiquing, thrift-shopping, Final Fantasy video-gaming, and knitting.

Vy Nguyen

Vy is a PhD student pursuing a degree in Bioinformatics from the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and is being co-mentored by Justin and Dr. Olivier Jolliet. She received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Math from Baylor University and will receive her master in Bioinformatics from University of Michigan. Vy’s research interests include identifying chemical exposure patterns in the US population and understanding how such patterns are related to consumer products usage. Outside of the laboratory, Vy enjoys antiquing, thrift-shopping, Final Fantasy video-gaming, and knitting.

  Evan Hill   Evan is a PhD student working towards a degree in Toxicology in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and master’s degree in Toxciology at the University of Michigan. Evan’s research interests include using 3-dimensional culture techniques to understand the effects of toxicants and diet on carcinogenesis and cancer development. Outside of the lab, Evan enjoys playing multiple sports, playing the Tuba, and cooking anything in a slow cooker.

Evan Hill

Evan is a PhD student working towards a degree in Toxicology in the Environmental Health Sciences Department. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and master’s degree in Toxciology at the University of Michigan. Evan’s research interests include using 3-dimensional culture techniques to understand the effects of toxicants and diet on carcinogenesis and cancer development. Outside of the lab, Evan enjoys playing multiple sports, playing the Tuba, and cooking anything in a slow cooker.

  Julien Heidt   Julien is an undergraduate finishing a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health so that she can grow in her understanding of how disparities in human toxicant exposure drive health disparities in populations. Julien is thrilled to be a part of the Colacino Lab and to further investigate the relationship between toxicant exposures and adverse health outcomes in the context of breast cancer. Outside of research, Julien enjoys being addicted to Pure Barre and working as the Editor in Chief of Wolverine Cuizine Magazine.

Julien Heidt

Julien is an undergraduate finishing a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health so that she can grow in her understanding of how disparities in human toxicant exposure drive health disparities in populations. Julien is thrilled to be a part of the Colacino Lab and to further investigate the relationship between toxicant exposures and adverse health outcomes in the context of breast cancer. Outside of research, Julien enjoys being addicted to Pure Barre and working as the Editor in Chief of Wolverine Cuizine Magazine.

 
  Nick Polakowski   Nick is a first year M.P.H. student studying Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology in the Epidemiology department. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University. Nick’s research interest is cancer and cancer prevention, specifically, how other non-communicable diseases affect cancer expression. Outside of the lab and school, Nick enjoys all Detroit and U-M sports, fantasy football, playing the piano and acting stronger than he actually is in the gym.

Nick Polakowski

Nick is a first year M.P.H. student studying Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology in the Epidemiology department. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University. Nick’s research interest is cancer and cancer prevention, specifically, how other non-communicable diseases affect cancer expression. Outside of the lab and school, Nick enjoys all Detroit and U-M sports, fantasy football, playing the piano and acting stronger than he actually is in the gym.