Kenneth Matreyek, PhD
Principal Investigator

Kenny obtained his B.Sc. at UCLA, and a PhD in Virology from Harvard. He was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow in the Genome Sciences Department at the University of Washington. He started his lab at CWRU in September 2019.
ORCID: 0000-0001-9149-551X
Interests: Contemporary music. Soccer. Running. Hiking. Birding. Data analysis. Woodworking. Gardening (ie. cultivating his plant army). Hydroponics (ie. cultivating his plant… navy?). Making convoluted analogies.
Favorite Bands: Death Cab, Mitski, Jason Isbell, IDLES, Against Me! / Laura Jane Grace, LC!, Spacey Kacey, …
Personal website:
Mastodon: @[email protected]

Sarah Roelle
Research Assistant &
Lab Manager

Sarah obtained her B.Sc. at the University of Toledo, and has many years of bioengineering experience.
Interests: Taekwondo (black belt), comedy, creative writing, and science communication & education

Nidhi Shukla
Research Associate

Nidhi obtained her M.Sc. in Biotechnology at MSU Baroda, India and PhD in Cancer Biology at Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow, India. She is interested in exploring the pathophysiology of chronic and viral diseases.
Interests: Gardening, crafting and cooking.

Nisha Kamath
PhD student
(Pathology [Immunology])

Nisha obtained her B.Sc. in Biotechnology from University at Buffalo, and started at CWRU in the fall of 2020. She is studying the STIM1-Orai1 pathway of store-operated Ca2+ entry.
Interests: Dance, baking and various arts and crafts.

John Snell
PhD student
(Systems Biology [SYBB])

John obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Washington, and started at CWRU in the fall of 2022. He is studying the sequence determinants of translational stop-start activities mediated by 2A-like peptide sequences.


Interests: Many musical instruments. Tabletop games. 

Olivia DelSignore
Research Assistant

Olivia obtained her associates degree in biotechnology science from Lakeland Community College.
Interests: Baking, clarinet.

Joshua Spector

Biology major, art history minor. Working under Nisha’s immediate supervision, using fluorescent protein fusions to characterize STIM1 abundance and intracellular localization.
Interests: Football, running, and cooking.

Anna Bruchez, PhD

Anna obtained her B.Sc. at MIT, and a PhD in Virology from Harvard. She is the resident Ebola virologist and expert on viral entry mechanisms.
Twitter: @AnnaBruchez


Postdoctoral researchers: Please email Kenny directly to inquire about open positions.
Graduate students: We accept students though the Case Western Biomedical Sciences Training Program and the Medical Scientist Training Program
Undergraduate students: (Feb 2023: We currently do not have space to accept additional undergraduate students.)
Additional staff
(Feb 2023: We currently do not have space to hire additional staff.)


Anh Pham
Undergraduate (Comp Sci and Chemistry)
Starting his PhD at the Rice University Dept of Bioengineering (as of 5/4/2022)

Matreyek and Bruchez labs photos

August 2023: Matreyek and Bruchez lab picnic 2 (and right before we tie-dyed the labcoats)! From left to right: Grace*, Nisha, Brent, Steven, John, Alex, Kenny, Anna, Lane, Sarah, Olivia, Nidhi. [*rotation student]
August 2023: Matreyek and Bruchez labs after tie-dying! From top left to bottom right: Lane, John, Kenny, Steven, Brent, Anna, Alex, Nisha, Grace*, Olivia, Nidhi, Sarah. *[Rotation student]