People

Professor

Dr. David Harris is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Mathematics and Psychology in 1978.  He earned a Masters of Medical Sciences from Bowman Gray Medical School in 1980 and his Doctorate in Microbiology and Immunology from Bowman Gray Medical School in 1982.  From 1982-1985 Dr. Harris was a Post-doctorate Fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne, Switzerland. He joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine in 1985 and became member of the faculty at the University of Arizona in Tucson as an Associate Professor in the Department of Immunobiology in 1989.  Dr. Harris established the first cord blood bank in the USA in 1992 and founded 5 companies while at the University of Arizona. He attended university on a football scholarship and maintained his  interest in sports thourghout his career.


Associate Research Scientist

Michael Badowski obtained his PhD in Immunology at The University of Arizona under the mentorship of Dr. Harris, constructing chimeric T cell receptors.  He also did his post-doctoral years with Dr. Harris generating and analyzing humanized mice before joining the Biorepository to manage the day-to-day operations at the biobank. He also has a profound interest in Tough Mudder races.


Research Specialist

Angela Muise obtained her BS degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona. She worked as an undergraduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Harris and joined the Biorepository in 2015 to direct the quality operations at the biobank as well as the GMP laboratory on campus.  She is also currently working towards her Professional Masters degree in Medical and Diagnostic Laboratory Science. Out side the lab, she like to spend time with her cats and dogs and prusue her interest in motocycles.


Senior Technician

Lisa White obtained her BS degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona, where she also worked as an undergraduate UBRP student in Dr. Harris’ laboratory.  She was hired at the beginning of 2015 as a senior technician in the Biorepository.  She loves to read science fiction and to spend time with her cat Vivalde.


Undergraduate Student

Andrew D'Arcangelis is a undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering programand and member of the UA UBRP program.  He started his work in the Biorepository in the Spring semester 2016 to learn GMP techniques and to assist on a project validating blood spot cards as a source of genomic material for genome and exome sequencing.


Undergraduate Student

Michelle Lensch is an undergraduate student in the Deptartment of Biochemistry at the University of Arizona. She joined the laboratory in Spring 2016.  She intends to do her honor’s thesis in the Biorepository in 2016-2017.


Graduate Student

Anastasia Miramontes is a MS graduate student in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.  She joined the Biorepository in Spring 2016 to learn biospecimen banking techniques and assist in the daily lab operations.