Luis Garza MD 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 PhD
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 PhD
Senior Research Specialist
Aiden Willis
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.

Beita Badiei
Research Fellow

Beita is a medical student at University of Maryland, School of Medicine, completing a year-long research fellowship in Dermatology. She enjoys traveling, reading, painting, eating new foods, and playing the kamanche (an ancient Persian instrument)! 


Leigh Curvin-Aquilla
Nurse Practitioner
Nina Haddad MD


Yingchao Xue PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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 PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2012

Post-doctoral fellowship, NIH NIAID

Minji Park PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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 MD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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
Graduate Student

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
Graduate Student

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!

Hana Minsky
Graduate Student



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