Principal Investigator

David Kashatus, Ph.D.David Kashatus, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dave received his bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 1997 and his Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, studying under Al Baldwin.  After a postdoctoral fellowship with Chris Counter at Duke University, he moved to UVA in 2012.  Dave’s lab is interested in the role of mitochondrial dynamics in tumorigenesis.

Graduate Students

graduate student SalmaSalma Sharmin

Graduate Student

Salma received both her B.S. (2011) and M.S. (2012) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. She is currently using patient-derived xenografts to explore how mitochondrial heterogeneity contributes to pancreatic tumor growth.

graduate student DaneDane Sessions

Graduate Student

Dane received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan in 2014. He is using high-throughput, high-content imaging to identify new signaling pathways that regulate mitochondrial dynamics.

Chris, in the Kashatus LabChristopher Prevost

Graduate Student

Chris received both his B.S. (2013) and M.S. (2015) in Biology from SUNY Brockport. He is currently investigating how DNA damage and other cellular stresses impact organelle dynamics and how these processes contribute to tumor growth.


Will Gansereit


Will is studying stress-induced lipid droplet formation.

Senior Laboratory Specialist

Jennifer Kashatus

Jennifer Kashatus

Senior Laboratory Specialist

Jen received her B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University in 1996.  She worked in academia and industry for 15 years before joining the lab in 2012.  Jen has a range of experience in nuclear receptors, adipogenesis, gut biology and circadian biology.  She currently manages the lab and is developing genetically-engineered mouse models to understand the role of Ras-induced mitochondrial fission in pancreatic cancer.

Former Lab Members

Lindsey Myers, M.S.,  Grad student, 2012-2015
Brian Chen, Undergraduate, 2012-2015
Allison Meadows, Undergraduate, 2013-2015
Sarah Heuer, Undergraduate, 2013-2015
Ashley Ferguson, Undergraduate, 2013-2017
Riley Trainor, Undergraduate, 2015-2017
Austin Schinlever, Undergraduate, 2016-2017
Aldo Nascimento, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2013-2018
Vishal Anjutgi, Undergraduate, 2016-2018
Jason Guinto, Undergraduate, 2017-2018
Sarah Pollock, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2014-2019
Sarbajeet Nagdas, M.D, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2015-2019
Emma Strickland, Undergraduate, 2017-2019
Tuyet-Minh Tran, Undergraduate, 2018-2021
Saad Hussain, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2016-2021
Ali Rohani, Ph.D., Data Scientist, 2018-2021
Niko Churchill, Undergraduate, 2019-2022