Luis Andres Garza
Luis Andres GarzaMD, PhD

Principal Investigator

Cornell University BA

University of Pennsylvania MSTP MD-PhD

University of Michigan Dermatology Residency

University of Pennsylvania Research Fellowship

Board Certified in Dermatology

Dr. Garza practices dermatology at Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. His clinical interests include general dermatology and wound healing. Click here for Dr. Garza’s clinical page.

Curriculum Vitae


Sam (Seakwoo) Lee
Sam (Seakwoo) LeePhD

Senior Research Specialist & Lab Manager

BS, Kookmin University

PhD, Florida State University

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Research Faculty, University of Maryland Baltimore

Ang Li
Ang LiMD, PhD

Senior Research Specialist

Aiden Willis
Aiden WillisBS

Research Technician/Junior Lab Manager

Aiden is from Lufkin, Texas and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He joined the lab as an undergraduate research assistant in January 2020, and joined the lab full time after graduating. Outside of work he enjoys golfing, working out, and cooking.


Stacey A. Swinehart
Stacey A. SwinehartDNP, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNL

Nurse Practitioner

Cutaneous Translational Research Program

Stacey comes to us from Chicago, IL where she graduated from Rush University with her DNP in the specialty of family practice. Stacey works in the Cutaneous Translational Research Program as a clinical provider and tie between Garza Lab and clinical research. Previous to Johns Hopkins, she worked for seven years as a bedside nurse in critical care at Rush University Medical Center. Outside of work you can find her spending quality time with her dog, Roger, cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Apurva Dev / Apurva Nidgundi
Apurva Dev / Apurva NidgundiBS

Clinical Research Coordinator/Lab Assistant

Apurva is originally from Texas, and graduated from Princeton University. In her free time, she enjoys singing and learning new languages. 


Yingchao Xue
Yingchao XuePhD

BS, Tianjin Medical University (2008-2013)

PhD, Peking Union Medical College(2013-2018) & Johns Hopkins University (2015-2018)

Hobbies include hiking, walking, and yoga. 

Saifeng Wang
Saifeng WangPhD

Saifeng Wang, PhD

PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2012

Post-doctoral fellowship, NIH NIAID

Minji Park
Minji ParkPhD

Ph.D Seoul National University(2022)

Minji enjoys spending time with her child and watching movies.

She also likes swimming and would like a trip to everywhere in the USA with her husband and baby.

Eddie Gibson Marinez Pena
Eddie Gibson Marinez PenaMD

Eddie is a Mexican MD who completed his Masters on Biotechnology in the Garza Lab. He is now a postdoctoral research fellow with the group.

Eddie likes listening to music and watching song contest shows, as well as hanging out with his friends


Kaitlin Williams
Kaitlin Williams BS

Kaitlin is an MD/PhD student at the Johns Hopkins MSTP who joined the CMM graduate program. She enjoys hiking, playing fetch with her dog Culver (named after the iconic midwestern chain Culver’s), houseplants, hanging out with her husband, and painting. 

Charles Kirby
Charles KirbyBS

A BCMB Ph.D. graduate student born in New York City, Charlie ironically loves the outdoors and camping. He studied viruses during undergrad at Virginia Tech and as a specialist at Johns Hopkins, before realizing his love for Regeneration/Computational Biology.  In his free time he’s either fixing his house, going on birding trips or playing guitar in a PhD band!



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Chenyi Lyu
Chenyi LyuMS

Chenyi completed her masters in biomedical engineering in the Garza lab from 2019-2021. She will be joining a lab at NYU.

Eric Wier
Eric WierPhD

Eric completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Garza lab from 2017 – 2021. He is now a Biologist at the FDA specializing in toxicology.