Lab Members

Sung Min Han, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Sung Min originally hails from South Korea, where he embarked on his academic journey during his master's course at Yonsei University. It was there that he first encountered the captivating world of the small nematode C. elegans. Fascinated by the potential of using genetic model systems to study genetic diseases. For his Ph.D., Sung Min sought further expertise under the guidance of Dr. Michael Miller in the lab at UAB. His research delved into the neurological disorders such as ALS and SMA. Following the successful completion of his Ph.D., Sung Min embarked on a new chapter by joining Marc Hammarlund's lab at Yale University. There, he explored the intriguing realms of nerve system recovery in the face of neurological diseases or injuries.

In 2018, Sung Min made the exciting move to Florida. Aside from his passion for scientific exploration, Sung Min cherishes his role as a loving father to two daughters. Sung Min enjoys cooking dishes, Disney World or St. August's beach, watching football games, KPOP music, and wuxia novels.

Dr. Rathor joined the lab as a Post-Doctoral Associate in August of 2019. She received her Ph.D. from the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India under the mentorship of Dr. Rakesh Pandey in March 2019. In her Ph.D., Dr. Rathor focused on understanding the role of botanicals in anti-aging and neuroprotection using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model host. Now Dr. Rathor is very interested in how mitochondria dysfunction in a subset of neurons can affect organismal aging and healthspan in the C. elegans model system.

 In her free time, Dr. Rathor loves to watch Bollywood and animated movies, listen to songs, and go for the long 

Laxmi Rathor, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

(2019 Summer~)

Taylor McElroy, Ph.D.

T32 NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow

(2021 Spring~)

Proud mom to two cats, Benjen and Rincewind. 

My favorite way to pass the time in lab is to listen to True Crime podcasts or audiobooks. I also welcome a variety of background music. I love the British sci-fi show Doctor Who making me a Whovian. I also am an MFM Murderino and Morbid Weirdo. 

My fascination of horror and the macabre extend into literature with my all-time favorite the OG Edgar Allan Poe.

Steven is from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he obtained his B.S. in Molecular Biology. During his undergraduate degree, he joined Dr. Matthew Rogatzki lab investigating the biomarkers involved in head-related injuries, such as concussions and TBI. He was also a part of Dr. Michael Reddish's lab, which studied drug metabolism of the human cytochrome P450 (P450) enzymes. After graduation, he joined Dr. Crystal West's lab investigating renal adaptations during pregnancy. Steven joins Dr. Han's lab and is interested in the role and regulation of mitochondrial localization in mature neurons. 


Steven enjoys camping, distance running, and spring diving in his free time.  

Steven Beck

Graduate Student

(2023 Summer~)

B.S. Appalachian State University 

Julia Bailey

Lab manager

(2023 Summer~)

I left a small town in the panhandle of Florida for Gainesville, where I am a senior studying zoology with a minor in pathogenesis. Once I graduate, I hope to further contribute to research, first in an industrial setting but eventually in academia. I have one cat, Kevin, who is my best friend and the biggest goofball. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, cooking, and exploring nature.  

I am a neuroscience major with an interest in medicine. My hobbies include bodybuilding, basketball, and I enjoy playing video games with friends. I also love watching movies and listening to music. My favorite movies are The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Abdel Kareem

(2021 Fall~)

Esha Narla 

(2023 Summer~)

Isabelle DiGiulio 

(2023 Summer~)

Ezgi S. Karabulut

Lab manager

(2022 Fall-2023 Summer)

I'm a senior biology major with a minor in Chinese. I'm originally from Turkey and love backpacking around different countries! I also enjoy trying out recipes from different cuisines, watching fantasy and suspense movies, and lisening to history, science, and true crime podcasts. I recently became interested in birdwatching too.

Hafsa Ouaakki

(2021 Fall-2023 Summer)

I am a biology major and am pursuing a minor in pathogenesis. My hobbies include working out, painting, and listening to music. I also love to watch movies and read!

 Heetanshi Joshi 

(2021 Spring-2023 Summer)

I am a biology major hoping to become a physician one day! I am highly intrigued by the field of science and its complexity. Some things I enjoy are travelling the world and exploring nature. I am also very passionate about service and love to give back to my community. 

Project: The Role of Neropeptide signaling in Organismal Aging and Health

Brian M. Robles

(2021 Summer~2022 Fall)

I'm a biochemistry major with love for all things science! I really enjoy raising plants, so I have over 10 at home. I love mystery novels, particularly anything by Agatha Christie. I also enjoy crocheting, baking, and listening to tons of different genres of music.


(2021 Fall~2022 Fall)

I am a Biology major on the pre-med track with the aspirations of becoming a doctor one day. I have always had a love for math and science and love helping other students with subjects like chemistry and physics. During my free time, I like to go to the gym and create dance choreography with my friends. 

Kihyun Kim


Hi, I am a UF alumni with a bachelor's in biology and currently in a post-bacc program. I am really interested in science and medicine and hope to become a physician. During my free time, I like to listen to new music, play tennis, and mountain bike. I also enjoy volunteering and fixing up houses and cars.

Project: The Role of Non-sense Mediated mRNA Decay

Kim Han Gil 

(2021 Spring~2022)

Shreya Verma

Lab researcher

(2021 Spring)

I have keen interest in neuroscience and understanding brain mechanisms using statistics and data science. 

In my free time, I like to watch movies and cook. I love listening to science and tech podcasts and following the latest advancements particularly in the field of neurotech. My newly acquired hobby is to crochet.

Shayla Curry

Lab researcher

(2018 Fall-2020 Fall)

Anuksha Gotmare


Logan Olsacher

Lab researcher


I am UF alumni with my Bachelors in Biology. I love playing videogames of all kinds and spending time with my pets.

Laura Mittelman

(2021 Spring~2021 Fall)

Marian Mikhael