Members and Alumni

Current Members

Haleigh Ferro
Undergraduate Researcher
I am a student at the College of Charleston Honors College (Class of 2020). I am majoring in Biology and plan to go into the medical field after graduation. I have been working in Dr. Sugi’s Lab on projects related to BMP2 and cardiac valvuloseptal development.

Maria G. Gonzalez
Undergraduate Researcher
I am a student in the Honors College at the College of Charleston (Class of 2021). I am majoring in Biology and my goal is to attend the veterinary school after graduation. I have been working in Dr. Sugi’s Lab on projects related to BMP-Notch interaction in AV endocardial cushion maturation.

Sarah Suber
Undergraduate Researcher
I am a student at the College of Charleston (Class of 2022). I am majoring in Biology and plan to go into the medical field after graduation. I have been working in Dr. Sugi’s Lab on projects related to cardiac valvuloseptal maturation.

Sugi Lab Alumni

Patrick G. Smith, B.S.
Undergraduate Researcher (2017-2019)
He is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College (Class of 2019). He did his bachelor’s essay research with Dr. Sugi and plans to go into the medical school. He was also an MUSC SURP Student (Summer, 2018).

Miriam M. Atteya, B.S.
Undergraduate Researcher (2017-2019)
She is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College (Class of 2019). She did her bachelor’s essay research with Dr. Sugi and plans to go into the medical field. She was also a SC INBRE SURP Student (Summer, 2018)

Daniel G. Bare, B.S.
Research Specialist I (2016-2017)
Current: Graduate Student, Medical University of South Carolina (Public Health).

Jake (Jacob) G. Saxon, B.S.
Undergraduate Researcher (2015-2017)
Current: Medical Student, Emory University
He is a graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College (Class of 2017). He worked on his bachelor’s essay in Dr. Sugi’s lab. He was also an MUSC SURP Student (Summer, 2016).

Julie Barton, B.S.
Undergraduate Researcher (2015-2017)
Current: Medical Student, University of South Carolina at Greenville
She is a graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College (Class of 2017). She worked on her bachelor’s essay in Dr. Sugi’s lab.

Travis Hawkins, B.S.
Undergraduate Researcher (2014-2016)
Current: Medical Student, University of South Carolina at Columbia
He is a graduate of the College of Charleston Honors College (Class of 2016). He worked on his bachelor’s essay in Dr. Sugi’s lab.

Emily Strelka, B.S., M.S.
Undergraduate Researcher (2013-2015)
George Washington University, Graduate School (2015-2017)
She graduated from the College of Charleston Honors College (Class of 2015). She worked on her bachelor’s essay in Dr. Sugi’s lab.
Current: Staff Assistant in the Forensic Biology Unit at the DC Department of Forensic Sciences

Kei Inai, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2007)
Current: Assistant Professor, Tokyo Women’s Medical University

Hiroto Okagawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (1999-2001)
Current: Director of Pediatrics, Hikone Shakai Hoken Hospital, Shiga, Japan