Lab Members

Current Lab Members

Tomasz Brzóska, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology

Tomasz obtained his MS in Pharmacy from the Medical University of Bialystok (Bialystok, Poland) in 2009 and his Ph.D. from the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine (Hamamatsu, Japan) in 2013. Subsequently, he worked for two years as an assistant professor at the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine (Hamamatsu, Japan). His research over the last few years has been focused on using intravital confocal microscopy to elucidate the molecular and biophysical mechanisms of interactions between platelets, endothelium, leukocytes, coagulation and fibrinolytic factors in physiological and pathophysiological states. Tomasz joined the Vascular Medicine Institute in January 2016 and he is using in vivo Multi-Photon Excitation enabled intravital fluorescence microscopy to identify the cellular and molecular cues that promote thrombosis and subsequent lung injury in transgenic SCD mice.

brzoskat@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Tomasz Brzóska, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology

Tomasz obtained his MS in Pharmacy from the Medical University of Bialystok (Bialystok, Poland) in 2009 and his Ph.D. from the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine (Hamamatsu, Japan) in 2013. Subsequently, he worked for two years as an assistant professor at the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine (Hamamatsu, Japan). His research over the last few years has been focused on using intravital confocal microscopy to elucidate the molecular and biophysical mechanisms of interactions between platelets, endothelium, leukocytes, coagulation and fibrinolytic factors in physiological and pathophysiological states. Tomasz joined the Vascular Medicine Institute in January 2016 and he is using in vivo Multi-Photon Excitation enabled intravital fluorescence microscopy to identify the cellular and molecular cues that promote thrombosis and subsequent lung injury in transgenic SCD mice.

brzoskat@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Tomasz Kaminski, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Tomasz W Kaminski received his master’s degree in Pharmacy in 2013 from the Faculty of Pharmacy with Division of Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland. In March 2019 he defended his doctoral dissertation with honors at the KNOW – The Leading National Research Centre at the Medical University of Bialystok with cooperation with Mossakowski Medical Research Centre in Polish Academy of Sciences, University San Pablo-CEU, and Hasselt University. His Ph.D. project focused on the interplay between uremic toxin – indoxyl sulfate – and disturbances in the hemostasis system in various biological models of thrombosis and clinical settings of chronic kidney disease. In January 2018 he joined as Visiting Research Scholar to Prithu Sundd Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received Post-doctoral Associate appointment shortly after his Ph.D. dissertation. During his postdoctoral fellowship in Sundd Lab, he studies cellular and molecular immunity functions of neutrophils in lungs during different pathophysiological conditions. He uses Multi-Photon Excitation fluorescence microscopy, Spectral-confocal microscopy, and animal models of chronic exposure to hazardous air pollutants.

kamins1@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Tomasz Kaminski, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Tomasz W Kaminski received his master’s degree in Pharmacy in 2013 from the Faculty of Pharmacy with Division of Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland. In March 2019 he defended his doctoral dissertation with honors at the KNOW – The Leading National Research Centre at the Medical University of Bialystok with cooperation with Mossakowski Medical Research Centre in Polish Academy of Sciences, University San Pablo-CEU, and Hasselt University. His Ph.D. project focused on the interplay between uremic toxin – indoxyl sulfate – and disturbances in the hemostasis system in various biological models of thrombosis and clinical settings of chronic kidney disease. In January 2018 he joined as Visiting Research Scholar to Prithu Sundd Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received Post-doctoral Associate appointment shortly after his Ph.D. dissertation. During his postdoctoral fellowship in Sundd Lab, he studies cellular and molecular immunity functions of neutrophils in lungs during different pathophysiological conditions. He uses Multi-Photon Excitation fluorescence microscopy, Spectral-confocal microscopy, and animal models of chronic exposure to hazardous air pollutants.

kamins1@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Rikesh Kumar Dubey, PhD

International Post Doc Associate

Dr. Rikesh Kumar Dubey obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) Microbiology from Bundelkhand University (Jhansi, India) in 2011 and completed his Master of Science in Applied Microbiology from Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi,India) in 2013. In the year 2015, he joined the Microbiology Division of CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow for his Ph.D under the CSIR-CDRI JNU Ph.D program. He was awarded the Ph.D degree in the year 2020. Dr. Dubey’s Ph.D project focused on molecular microbiology and host pathogen interaction specifically to understand the mitochondrial arbitrations in intracellular survival of mycobacteria. He concentrated on the host-pathogen interaction, dissecting the roles of mitochondria, cell signaling, biology of infection and target identification to control the disease. His research interest lies towards understanding the disease biology through molecular and cellular approaches.

dubeyr@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Rikesh Kumar Dubey, PhD

International Post Doc Associate

Dr. Rikesh Kumar Dubey obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) Microbiology from Bundelkhand University (Jhansi, India) in 2011 and completed his Master of Science in Applied Microbiology from Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi,India) in 2013. In the year 2015, he joined the Microbiology Division of CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow for his Ph.D under the CSIR-CDRI JNU Ph.D program. He was awarded the Ph.D degree in the year 2020. Dr. Dubey’s Ph.D project focused on molecular microbiology and host pathogen interaction specifically to understand the mitochondrial arbitrations in intracellular survival of mycobacteria. He concentrated on the host-pathogen interaction, dissecting the roles of mitochondria, cell signaling, biology of infection and target identification to control the disease. His research interest lies towards understanding the disease biology through molecular and cellular approaches.

dubeyr@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Ravi Vats, MS

Graduate Student

Ravi completed his Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), India, and his MS in Imaging & Microscopy from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Currently, he is a Bioengineering PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. He is using multi-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy to image pulmonary vaso-occlusion and multi-organ injury in live transgenic SCD mice. He is also using microfluidic fluorescence microscopy to mimic the vasculopathy of SCD by using sickle cell patients blood, studying neutrophil-platelet interaction and Neutrophil Extracellular Traps formation.

rav42@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Ravi Vats, MS

Graduate Student

Ravi completed his Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), India, and his MS in Imaging & Microscopy from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Currently, he is a Bioengineering PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. He is using multi-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy to image pulmonary vaso-occlusion and multi-organ injury in live transgenic SCD mice. He is also using microfluidic fluorescence microscopy to mimic the vasculopathy of SCD by using sickle cell patients blood, studying neutrophil-platelet interaction and Neutrophil Extracellular Traps formation.

rav42@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Egemen Tutuncuoglu, MSc

Lab Manager / Research Technician V

Egemen holds a BSc in Biology and received his Master’s degree in Cancer Biology from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany. He is a Research Technician specializing in breeding and genotyping mice, biochemical assays, endotoxin challenge in mice, cell culture and histology.

egt8@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Egemen Tutuncuoglu, MSc

Lab Manager / Research Technician V

Egemen holds a BSc in Biology and received his Master’s degree in Cancer Biology from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany. He is a Research Technician specializing in breeding and genotyping mice, biochemical assays, endotoxin challenge in mice, cell culture and histology.

egt8@pitt.edu | 412-648-9987

Former Lab Members

Margaret (Maggie) Bennewitz, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar in Sundd Lab from August 2013-July 2017

Current position effective July 2017- Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at West Virginia University, Morgantown WV.