Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Ishmail is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University. From 2018-2021, he was Mitchell J. and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Ishmail received a B.S. in Animal Science at North Carolina A&T University in 2006, and Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. From 2012-2018, Ishmail was postdoctoral fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine and University of Pennsylvania.

Selected Honors and Awards curriculum vitae

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (2021)
  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Award in Pain (2020)
  • NIH Mitchell Max Award for Excellence in Pain Research (2018)
  • NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (2017)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellowship (2015)

scientists in the abdus-saboor lab

Juan Inclan-Rico, Ph.D.

Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellow (2020 – present)
*co-mentored with Debroski Herbert
B.S., National Autonomous University of Mexico
Ph.D., Rutgers University
jinclan [at]

Anissa Jhumka, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021 – present )
B.S., Aix-Marseille University, France
Ph.D., Aix-Marseille University, France
aj3020 [at]

Justin Burdge

Biological Sciences PhD student
(2019 – present)
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
jb4582 [at]

Erin (Evonne) Jean

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Immunology PhD student (2020 – present)
*co-mentored with Debroski Herbert
B.S., Hampton University
jeanerin [at]

Leah Middleton

Neuroscience PhD Student (2018 – present)
B.A., Mount Holyoke College
leahjmid [at]

Melanie Schaffler

Neuroscience PhD Student (2018 – present)
B.A., Wesleyan University
schmel [at]

Ryan Schwark

Biological Sciences PhD student
(2020 – present)
B.S., Elizabethtown College
rs4192 [at]

Jared Boyce

Technician (2021 – present)
A.B., Dartmouth College
Sc.M., Brown University
jeb2298 [at]

Isabella Succi

Technician (2020 – present)
B.S., St. Joseph’s University
is2687 [at]


Heather Rossi, Ph.D.

Research Associate, 2018 – 2021
B.S., UNC Ashville
Ph.D., University of Florida
Current: Research Associate in the Herbert lab @UPenn

William Foster

Technician, 2018 – 2021
B.A., Haverford College
Current: Technician in the Marlin lab @Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute

Jessica Jones

Technician, 2018 – 2020
B.S., University of California Santa Cruz
Current: PhD student @ UWashington

Justin Arnold

Research Assistant, 2019 – 2021
Current: Research assistant in the Hamilton lab @UPenn

Lucie Pham

Research Assistant, 2019 – 2021
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
Current:  Analyst, Clearview Healthcare Partners

Samuel Kaufmann

Research Assistant, 2019 – 2020
Current: Research Assistant at Perry World House Geoengineering Project @ UPenn