Research Staff


Zach Oaks
He is an 8th year MD/PhD student who recently recieved his Ph.D in biochemistry at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Zach graduated with a BS in Biochemistry from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is interested in understanding the mechanisms of mitochondrial dysfunction in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

nickNick Huang
3rd Year MD/PhD Student

Tony Lai

Zhiwei (Tony) Lai, MD
Research Scientist and Flow Cytometry Specialist. He joined Dr. Andras Perl's Laboratory in 2009. He is involved in the Prospective Study of Rapamycin for the Treatment of SLE (Rapamune) and in the Treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) With N-acetylcysteine (NAC). He is responsible for Flow cytometric analysis for research studies conducted in Dr. Perl's lab.

Ryan KelluRyan Kelly, Ph.D

duarteManuel Duarte
Senior Research Support Specialist for the department. Manuel graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University

Gourav Choudhary 

faludiTamás Faludi, Ph.D
Analytical Chemist. He joined Dr. Andras Perl's Laboratory in 2017 as a Research Support Specialist to participate in metabolomics research projects using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS).


Thomas Winans
Graduate student in biochemistry at Upstate Medical University. The focus of his research is on the effects of osmotic stress and Rab dysfunction in systemic lupus erythematosus.