Nobuyuki Matoba - Associate Professor, Principal Investigator
Nobi received his Ph.D. in Applied Life Science from the Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University in Japan in 2001. Before joining the UofL School of Medicine faculty in fall 2008, he had been a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow, a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, and a Research Assistant Professor at Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Lab2 Director of Owensboro Cancer Research Program, a research center established in partnership between UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Owensboro Medical Health System.
Krystal Teasley Hamorsky - Instructor
Krystal received her B.S. in Chemistry from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2004. Immediately following her undergraduate studies she entered graduate school at the University of Kentucky where she received her Ph.D. in Bioanalytical Chemistry in 2010. Currently she is an Instructor of Medicine and a leading scientist of the Owensboro Cancer Research Program. Her research interests include combining rational protein design and genetic engineering to create protein variants with unique and distinct properties.
Adam Husk - Lab Manager and Senior Research Technologist
Adam received his B.S. in Chemistry from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2008. He joined the Matoba Lab in May 2009 and is currently a Senior Research Technologist working at OCRP. His research aims include developing pseudovirus production methods for investigating HIV neutralization properties of proteins, mitogenicity and proinflammatory potential of these proteins.
Tiffany Grooms-Williams - Postdoctoral Associate
Tiffany received her B.S. in Biology from Spelman College in 2003. After a short break from undergraduate studies she entered graduate school at the Meharry Medical College where she received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in 2012. Currently she is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Matoba's Laboratory at the University of Louisville's Brown Cancer Center. Her research interests include investigating HIV neutralization properties of plant-produced proteins and their modes of action.
Joshua Royal - Research Technician
Josh received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2013. He joined the Matoba lab in September 2013 and is currently a research technician working at OCRP. His research aims include developing plant-made immunotherapeutics for inflammatory bowel disease.
Jessica McMullen - Research Technician, Part-time
Jessica received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from the College of Charleston in 2007. Shortly after, she moved to Kentucky to work in an equine laboratory at the University of Kentucky, investigating the effectiveness of DNA vaccines in horses. The following thee years were spent in UK's Graduate Center for Toxicology, working primarily with a humanized Alzheimer's mouse model. SHe is currently pursuing her B.S. in Nursing through the University of Louisville-Owensboro, while working part-time at the OCRP. She joined the Matoba lab in October 2011.
Lauren Bennett - Research Technician, Part-time
Lauren received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College in December 2011. She joined the Matoba lab in March of 2011.
Keegan received his B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Following his undergraduate studies he went on to work at WIL Research Laboratories, LLC in Ashland, OH. In 2009, Keegan came to the University of Louisville to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Currently, he is a graduate student in Dr. Matoba's laboratory at the University of Louisville's Brown Cancer Center. His research interests include investigating prophylactic effects of plant-produced proteins in inflammatory bowel disease.
Visiting & Guest Scientists
J. Calvin Kouokam - OCRP Research Scientist
Calvin was awarded a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Yaounde (Cameroon) in 1993. He then entered the graduate school of the same university where he received a M.Sc. in 1995 and was admitted for Ph.D. studies. Subsequently, he was granted a German scholarship (DAAD) to pursue his graduate research at University of Saarland, Germany, where he earned a Ph.D. in 2002 with focus on analytical phytochemistry and pharmacognosy. Thereafter, Calvin moved to Sweden for a postdoc in molecular pathogenesis of UPEC (uropathogenic E. coli) and then to the U.S.A. for a postdoc in Microbiology and Immunology and in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville. He joined the Matoba lab as a postdoc (half-time) in 2009 and continue working with Dr. Matoba as a Research Scientist at OCRP. Currently, his research aims include vaccine and anti-HIV drug development, also in collaboration with Dr. Kenneth Palmer at OCRP.
Lab retreat on July 20, 2012 at Marengo Cave, IN.
Lab retreat May 31, 2013 in Louisville.