Principal Investigator


A rare Indonesian with a Dutch directness,

Canadian heart &

an American love of fried chicken

Dwi U. Kemaladewi

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (2019)

Div. of Genetic and Genomic Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Associate (2012-2019)

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

PI: Prof. Ronald Cohn

Ph.D. in Human Genetics (2007-2012)

Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

PIs: Prof. Peter 't Hoen, Prof. Gert-Jan van Ommen, Prof. Peter ten Dijke

BSc in Life Sciences (2003-2007)

Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, Netherlands​

Pitt Pediatrics | PubMed | Twitter

Lab Members:


Marie Johnson

Lab Manager/Research Technician

B.S, Biology

Pennsylvania State University

Marie works on:

Every imaginable project Dwi came up with (and fixing every problem Dwi created)

Marie loves to:  

Run, hike, garden, and play with her beautiful German Sheppard


JiaQi Cheng Zhang

PhD student 

MSc, Molecular Life Sciences

Radboud University, Netherlands

JiaQi works on:

Development of a mini-and-mighty system for therapeutic gene modulation

Things JiaQi would do:

Be in Pittsburgh, Hawaii, and Los Angeles within a week! YOLO!


Annie Infancia Arockiaraj

PhD student

MS, Human Genetics

University of Pittsburgh

Annie works on:

Compensatory mechanism of human LAMA1 in LAMA2-CMD

Annie was voluntold to:

Drink powdered coffee (and admittedly liked it!)

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Oluwaseun (Seun) Akinyele

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Pharmacology

University of Aberdeen

Seun works on: 

Therapeutic genome editing in Snyder-Robinson Syndrome

Things Seun would say:

Serie A is "nae bad", but Premier League is way better!

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Anushe Munir

Research Technician

MS, Human Genetics

University of Pittsburgh

Anushe works on:

Characterization of novel neurological & neuromuscular disease mouse models

Anushe's unpopular opinion:

The brain is way cooler than the skeletal muscles!


John Wang 

Resident, Pediatric Scientist Development Program

MD/PhD, New York University 

John works on:

Modeling peripheral neuropathy in pediatric diseases

John runs around with:

Stethoscope and anything that resembles a ruler

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Alexander Azar

Research Assistant

Biological Sciences (senior)

University of Pittsburgh

Alex works on:

The role of polyamines in muscle regeneration and diseases

Alex aspires to be:

Non-boring MD who cooks and plays piano

Previous Lab Members:

Summer students:

Salah Daghlas (2019)

Regan Brodine (2021)

Undergraduate students:

Caleb Kim (2020)

Veronica Alday (2021)

Research technicians:

Alaina Turocy (2019)

Cynthia Francis (2020)

Rotation students:

Alayna Holderman (2020)