Department of Pathology Research

The Gillette Lab

Welcome to the Gillette Lab in the Department of Pathology at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. We are an interdisciplinary team of scientists who study how cell communication within the bone marrow microenvironment serves to regulate healthy and malignant cells. Currently, we focus our research on studies with hematopoietic and leukemic stem cells as well as solid tumor cells such as ovarian cancer.

Utilizing cutting-edge imaging techniques and in vivo mouse models with traditional biochemistry, we are investigating the mechanisms that control cell adhesion, trafficking, signaling, repopulation, and expansion. Our goal is to identify molecules and mechanisms that can be directly targeted to 1) improve regenerative stem cell therapies and 2) treat the progression of specific cancers.

Principal Investigator

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Jennifer M. Gillette, PhD
Associate Professor & Senior Director for Research Department of Pathology
Director, Undergraduate Pipeline Network
Director, Flow Cytometry Shared Resource
Full Member, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Post Doctoral Training, 2004-2010
National Institutes of Health (Lippincott-Schwartz Lab)
PhD Cellular and Developmental Biology, 2004
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Nielsen Lab)
BS Biology, 1999
Gettysburg College

Current Members

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Victoria Balise, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow
PhD Biological Sciences
University of Missouri, 2018
B.S. Biochemistry
New Mexico State University, 2010

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Sebastian Restrepo Cruz
Biomedical Sciences PhD Student
BS Biology
The University of New Mexico, 2014

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Erica Pascetti
Biomedical Sciences PhD Student
BS Biology
The University of New Mexico, 2017

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Christian “Levi” Doyle
Undergraduate Biochemistry Student
UNM MARC Program
The University of New Mexico

Contact Gillette Lab

Mailing address for the Gillette Lab:
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Shipping address for the Gillette Lab:
915 Camino de Salud NE
BRF #340
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Lab phone number: 505-272-8388

Lab fax number: 505-272-5186

Jen’s office number: 505-272-0835