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

sarahSarah Blair
Senior Research Support Specialist for the department. Sarah graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Microbiology and Immunology from SUNY at Buffalo.

Gourav Choudhary 


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.