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Plas Laboratory

Lab Members

Catherine Gallo, BS, BA.

Ms. Gallo previously conducted Immunology research at the FDA in Bethesda, MD. Since joining the lab in 2006, she has worked on projects in the lab ranging from a high through-put screening of compounds, to molecular signaling in Glioblastoma tumor samples, to interrogating the role of S6K1 in breast cancer cell lines. The next research challenge includes unravelling the role of fatty acid oxidation in oncogenesis.

Kelli Ennis, BS.

Ms. Ennis previously studied genetics at Oregon State University. In the lab, she leads the analysis of S6K1 inhibitors for counteracting PTEN deficiency in glioblastoma cells. Kelli specializes in the visualization signal transduction complex assembly and DNA damage responses.

Collin Wetzel, Ph.D.

Dr. Wetzel completed his PhD in the study of RNA base modifications with Professor Patrick Limbach in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. He is now leading metabolomics analysis in a collaboration between the Plas lab and the Czyzyk-Krzeska lab, focusing on central carbon metabolism and its contributions to the cell’s energetic balances.

David Plas, Ph.D.

Dr. Plas received his PhD from Washington University studying lymphocyte antigen receptor signal transduction with Dr. Matthew L. Thomas. He studied tumor cell metabolism in apoptosis control with Dr. Craig Thompson at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. He has led a research laboratory at the University of Cincinnati since 2004, focusing on counteracting PTEN deficiency in cancer through the targeting of signaling and metabolic pathways.



  • Hasmik Yepiskoposyan, Ph.D.
  • Guillaume Habif, Ph.D.
  • Hongqi Liu, DVM, Ph.D.
  • Xizhi “Jerry” Feng, Ph.D.

Graduate Students:

  • Shikha Khatri, Ph.D.
  • Preeti Tandon, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Barger, Ph.D.

Research staff:

  • Ashley Allemang, B.S.

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Department of
Cancer Biology

Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
3125 Eden Avenue
PO Box 670521
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0521

Mail Location: 0521
Phone: 513-558-5323
Fax: 513-558-1190