MSTP students in the Sahoo lab
Medical Scientist Training Program
Ayana Jamal

Ayana Jamal, PhD

M3 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Brian Link, PhD, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, 2015

Research Interests

Cellular and developmental biology, cardiac regeneration

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2018-2023
Advisor: Brian Link, PhD
Project: Understanding the role of the Hippo/Yap pathway in cardiac regeneration

Loyola University Chicago, June 2009-May 2012
Advisor: Dr. F. Bryan Pickett
Exploring the role of RALDH2 and retinoid acid in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome using a zebrafish model of development

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2013-December 2015
Advisor: Dr. Phillip A. Newmark
Uncovering the role of G Protein-Coupled Receptors in Schmidtea mediterranea reproductive development


Flinn MA, Alvarez-Argote S, Knas MC, Almeida VA, Paddock SJ, Zhou X, Buddell T, Jamal A, Taylor R, Liu P, Drnevich J, Patterson M, Link BA, O'Meara CC. Myofibroblast Ccn3 is regulated by Yap and Wwtr1 and contributes to adverse cardiac outcomes. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2023 Mar 14;10:1142612. doi: 10.3389/fcvm.2023.1142612. PMID: 36998974; PMCID: PMC10043314.

Saberi A, Jamal A, Beets I, Schoofs L, Newmark PA (2016) GPCRs Direct Germline Development and Somatic Gonad Function in Planarians. PLoS Biol 14(5): e1002457. doi:10.1371/ journal.pbio.1002457 

Meeting Abstracts

Jamal A, Saberi A, Newmark PA (September 2015). Uncovering the role of G Protein-Coupled Receptors in Schmidtea mediterranea reproductive development. Poster presentation at the Third North American Planarian Meeting in Chicago, IL. 

General Interests

Traveling, fashion, fitness, hiking, music (my eclectic taste ranges from Bruce Springsteen to One Direction), watching the Chicago Cubs win