Current Lab Members


 Valerie Horsley, Ph.D.


Originally from the Southeast, Valerie graduated from Furman University with her B.S. and from Emory with her Ph.D.  She joined the faculty at Yale after finishing her postdoctoral work with Elaine Fuchs at Rockefeller University.

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Postdoctoral Fellows


Maria Fernanda Forni, Ph.D.
Nanda is from Brazil and received her Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo.  She is a visiting postdoctoral fellow and her main interests are metabolism, skin stem cells, and aging.  Her work in the Horsley Lab will focus on how caloric restriction coordinates adipocytes and epidermal cells to affect lifespan. 

Abigail Zieman, Ph.D.


Abby is originally from Iowa and received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She is a postdoc in the Horsley lab and will be investigating the mechanisms that control skin development and homeostasis with an emphasis on mechanical regulation. When she isn’t in the lab, Abby likes to read books, binge watch shows on Netflix, and bake cookies.

Eunice Lozada Delgado, Ph.D.
Eunice is originally from Puerto Rico and received her Ph.D. from the University of Puerto Rico where she worked with RNAi as a therapeutic strategy for glioblastoma treatment. She is currently a postdoc in the Horsley lab and is interested in studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms of melanoma and breast cancer tumor progression. Outside the lab, Eunice likes to play tennis, bake sweets, and watch Netflix.

Graduate students


Renee Wasko


Renee is a graduate student investigating how particular subpopulations of immune cells mediate wound healing.  She is a Connecticut native and earned her B.S. from the University of Connecticut, where she conducted research at a biotechnology incubator company that develops therapeutic and commercial applications for stem cell-derived chondrocytes.


Olivia Justynski


Olivia is a graduate student researching the role of adipocytes in wound healing and fibrosis.  She is originally from Rhode Island and graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied mathematical modeling of infectious disease.


Elizabeth Caves


Elizabeth is a graduate student investigating the role of adipocytes in fibrosis and extracellular matrix homeostasis.  She is originally from Maryland and got her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Molecular Biology and researched the role of Epstein-Barr virus in head and neck cancer.

Research Associate

M. Teresa Sandoval-Schaefer, Ph.D.


Post-Graduate Associate


Rebecca Swimmer, MS


Rebecca is a post graduate associate who recently graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her Masters in Criminal Justice.  With an interest in science, she joined the lab to help out with organization and inventory, and to learn about what it is like to work in a lab.  She recently started studying how the lymphatic system works, and about wound healing.