Current Lab Members

Gustavo H.B. Maegawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Maegawa is a physician-scientist conducting research in lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs), including developing therapies based on the discovery of novel targets relevant to driving pathogenesis of the progressive neurodegenerative manifestations. The Maegawa lab uses diverse methodologies and innovative to develop cell-based high-throughput screening assays to identify small molecules that can target critical targets in neurological LSDs. Dr. Maegawa, with an outstanding clinical team, is also establishing a dedicated LSD clinical program to offer specialized care and clinical trials opportunities for patients and families. Dr. Maegawa also holds a clinical faculty appointment, and he participates in providing care for patients with inherited metabolic and other genetic disorders.

Anusha Aditya, Ph.D

Associate Postdoctoral Scientist

Dr. Aditya is working on different projects to identify novel therapeutic small molecules to treat neurological manifestations of lysosomal disorders. Dr. Aditya has extensive experience in both basic and translational research at the interface of biology and chemistry, with expertise in nanomedicine and animal models. Dr. Aditya's Ph.D. was from CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India, with a focus on designing functional nanoparticles against skin cancer as well as engineering photoprotective materials. Before joining Maegawa lab, Dr. Aditya conducted postdoctoral studies at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with a focus on nanomaterials that can cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and worked on a Biotech startup company developing peptide-based drug molecules and small molecule hits against metastatic breast cancer.  

Shih-Chang (Benson) Hsueh, Ph.D.

Associate Postdoctoral Scientist

Dr. Hsueh is a neuropharmacologist with in-depth experience in cell culture and rodent models of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Dr. Hsueh is interested in preclinical drug development, utilizing his expertise to evaluate novel compounds that attenuate neurodegenerative disease progression. Dr. Hsueh received his Ph.D. in Neural Regenerative Medicine from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, in 2019 and proceeded with postdoctoral training at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), at the NIH, Baltimore, MD. He joined Dr. Maegawa’s lab this winter, 2024, focusing on establishing a patient-specific disease-cell model of Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GLD) and other neuronopathic lysosomal disorders using high-throughput screening for novel drug development.

Zhiru Wang, M.P.H.

Research Coordinator & Assistant

Ms. Zhiru Wang is a research coordinator at Columbia University Irving Medical Center at Pediatrics. Ms. Wag is working on the implementation of several clinical studies as part of the LSD Clinical program at Columbia University. Ms. Wang is actively involved in investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical projects. Ms. Wang has a B.A. degree in biology and an MPH in environmental health sciences. She is experienced in qualitative studies, and her research interests primarily revolve around community health, health equity, the intersection of climate and health, and effective science communication methodologies.

We are hiring!!

We are seeking a highly-motivated postdoctoral researchers, students and laboratory technicians with a biomedical science background to work on projects focused on lysosomal storage diseases and therapeutic development. The projects involve applying cellular and in vivo experiments in combination with innovative tandem mass spectrometry, electrophysiological and imaging methods.

Our lab believes in and recognizes diverse backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives, which are crucial for advancements in our area as in any high complex field of sciences. Therefore, all candidates, including those from underrepresented communities, are encouraged to apply to join the Maegawa lab, where a culture of communal cooperation, rigor, intellect, and respect are highly valued.

Please contact the principal investigator directly by emailing:

Most Recent Lab Alumni

Anatalia Labilloy, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Early Faculty Mentee 

Maegawa Lab 2018-2021

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL

John Santelices, BSc.

Graduate Student

Maegawa Lab 2018-2022

University of Florida, IFAS, Dept. of Microbiology and Cell Science

Rachel Kalicharam, BSc.

Master student at UF/IFAS – Cell Science and Microbiology

Maegawa Lab 2019-2020 

Adi Cohen

Premedical student UF/Biology (major)

Maegawa Lab, 2019-2020

Prachi Bhavsar

UF Biomedical Engineering

Maegawa Lab, 2019-2020

Jairo Hernandez, BSc. 

Premed Research Student

Maegawa Lab, 2018-2020 

Currently, attending Medical Student at Northwestern University Feinberg  School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

Isabella Fabian, BSc.

Premed Research Student

Maegawa Lab, 2017-2020 

Current, attending Lousiana State University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 

Seif Hanbali, BSc.

Premed Research Student

Maegawa Lab, 2018-2020 

Current, lab technician at Brusko Lab, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Rebecca Zelmanovich, BSc. 

Premed Research Student

Maegawa Lab, 2017-2018

Current, attending University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Orlando, FL 

Vivian Godoy, MSc.

Lab Technician

Maegawa Lab, 2017-2019

Master Student, School of Public Health (MPH), Michigan State University, Lansing, MI  

Priya Shil, Bsc.

Lab Technician

Maegawa Lab, 2017-2019

Student, Herbert Wertheir College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL 

Dae Song Jang, Ph.D. 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maegawa Lab, 2015-2017

Postdoctoral fellow, NIH, NIDDK, Bethesda, MD 

Natalia Gutierrez, BSc.

Lab Technician

Maegawa Lab, 2016-2017

Chemistry Ph.D. candidate, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 

Shin-ichi Kano, M.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maegawa Lab, 2013-2015

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, Neurobiology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 

Melani Solomon, Ph.D. 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maegawa Lab, 2013-2015

Assistant Professor, Inst. for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, University of Maryland, College Park, MD