Summer 2023

This summer we welcomed two guests, Kiki Uzoukwu, a rotating MSTP student, and Reem Zalloum, undergraduate Diversity in Cancer Research intern.  Wishing them the best as they head back to classes this month. Thank you for a great summer!

Spring 2023 II

Graduation Day for Julian  (MD) and Morgan (MD/PhD)!  Congratulations and we will miss you.

Spring 2023 I

Fun visits from Nonn Lab alumni Zachary Richards (PhD 2019), Tara McCray (PhD 2020) and Lilly Perez, (Postdoc 2020-21) (with daughter Camila).  

Fall 2022 

Kirty is a on a role with winning poster competitions! First place at the Vitamin D Workshop and the GEMSSA Research Symposium. Congratulations! 

Summer 2022 

Nonn Lab welcomes Brenna Kirkpatrick, MSTP student!! we also say goodbye to Sasha, PREP scholar who has been part of our lab family for the past year. Sasha is off to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Kirty and Larisa attend the Keystone Symposia on Organoids. First in-person since 2019!! Kirty also received a travel award.

Holiday 2021

Fall  2021

Nonn Lab welcomes Sasha Celada (UIC PREP Scholar) and Alejandra Cavazos Saldana (MSTP student) in the lab!  A lab hike and spooky shenanigans pumpkin carving for Halloween. 

Spring 2021

Lots of activity in the Nonn Lab! Congratulations to Morgan for defending her PhD thesis. Now she returns for 2 years of Medical School before graduating from the MSTP program. Congratulations to Bethany for landing a job at Genentech! 

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Garcia for defending his thesis and he new position at Tempus!

Fall 2020

The lab welcomes a new postdoc to the Lab!  Dr. Lillian Perez also received a Cancer Biology Training Grant from the Cancer Center. Welcome Lily!

Summer 2020

Larisa is the Co-Director of the newly funded UIC K12 IRACDA Institutional Postdoctoral Training program! 

Welcome two new graduate students; Candice Loitz and Kirty Krieger!

Spring 2020

This roller coaster time had the highlight of Tara McCray graduating and moving to her new postdoctoral position at the University of Washington. She squeaked in her thesis defense just before the shutdown. Congratulations Dr. McCray!

Also, congratulations to Julian Pacheco, M1 medical student in the lab, for receiving an American Urological Association summer research fellowship!

November 2019

SBUR in New Orleans. Beth and Tara presented posters (not my finest photography).  Beignets enjoyed by all! 

October 2019

Halloween fun in the lab!

August 2019

Morgan and Larisa attend the "First joint conference on extracellular vesicle in cancer" in Nashville.

Introducing Dr. Chuck Blajszczak!

May Vitamin D Workshop in NYC

Jason was selected to give an oral presentation and Chuck presented in a flash-poster session

May 2019 AUA in Chicago

Morgan presenting at a moderated poster session

May 2019

Tara presenting at a 10X Genomics User meeting

November 2018

Nonn Lab taking over annual Society for Basic Urology Research Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA!! Congratulations Tara and Jason for getting travel awards!!

October 2018

Another wonderful GEMS Research Symposium organized by Tara McCray. The Nonn Lab had a strong showing with four posters and two selected talks by Chuck and Morgan.

September 2018

Tara wins 2nd at the UIC Image of Research Contest!  Her organoids can now be found decorated UIC east and west campus. Way to go Tara!

August 2018

Congratulations Dr. Zachary Richards!  Good luck at your new post-doc position in Leigh Ellis' lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute!

June 2018

Morgan and Jason present their work for the UIC Pathology Department WIP seminar series

May 2018

Morgan, Jason, Zach and Tara present posters at the Gary Kruh Cancer Research Symposium 

April 2018

Dr. Bethany Baumann and Tara McCray present posters at the annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference in Chicago IL. 


April 2018

Larisa Nonn was awarded a Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Health Disparity Research Award. This 3 year $715,000 grant is entitled “Vitamin D Deficiency Leads to Increased Intra-Prostatic Hormones in African American Men” and involves Gail Prins, Professor of Urology at UIC as a co-investigator.

Zachary received a National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the National Institutes of Health for his project titled "Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer Disparities in African American Men"

Larisa and Zach pose for an awkward photo for the cancer center newsletter to announce their grants.

March 2018

The Nonn Lab welcomes Chuck Blajszczak as a new graduate student

January 2018

Dr. Bethany Baumann receives funding from The American Urological Association (AUA) through the 2018 Research Scholar Award Program.

November 2017

The Nonn Lab attends the Society for Basic Research (SBUR) Annual Meeting in Tampa FL. Jason, Morgan, Zach, Beth and Tara present posters, Bethany receives a travel award, Larisa leads a discussion on exosomes. 

October 2017

Jacob attends the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

Larisa and Morgan attend the American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles meeting held in Pacific Grove, CA

September 2017 

Zach gives a talk at the GEMS symposium, Tara presents a poster at the GEMS symposium at UIC

The Nonn Lab drafts in UIC Pathology Department's Fantasy Football league. 

June 2017

The Nonn Lab welcomes Morgan Zenner as a new graduate student.

Larisa and Jason attend the Bridge to the Doctorate retreat at Starved Rock with Dr. Alan Diamond.

May 2017

The Nonn Lab welcomes Jason Garcia as a new graduate student.

January 2017

Congratulations to Zachary on his first first author paper!

Check it out here:

November 2016

Tara, Zach and Beth present posters at the Society for Basic Research Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.

June 2016

Larisa attended the Cubs-Pirates game, with Gail Prins and Donald Vandergriend,for the Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home run Challenge". Every home run resulted in a donation to the PCF. Here she is with Mike Milken, Founder of the PCF, and Tommy Lasorda.

May 2016

Larisa receives a Chicago Health Equity Collaborative Pilot grant to study in vitro models of African-American prostate cancer. Drs. Voisine (NEIU), Abdulkadir (NU) and Murphy (NU) are co-Principle Investigators on the project. Each lab will host an NEIU student in the summer of 2016 to work on the study.

March 2016

Zachary presents his research at the Annual Vitamin D Workshop in Boston, MA. Drew Makowski from Heartland Labs is a collaborator on the project and also in the photo below.

February 2016

Larisa receives notice of funding by the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program for her Idea grant "A Serum miR Signature Specific to Low-Risk Prostate Cancer".

January 2016

Giovanni receives a two year American Urologic Association Research Scholar award from Urology Care Foundation.

November 2015

LaTanya receives a travel award from the Society of Basic Urology Research and Larisa presents a talk at the annual conference.

Introducing Dr. Shweta Dambal, PhD!! Congrats to Shea on her successful defense! 

June 2015

Pathology Department graduation dinner for 2015 graduates - Congratulations Rachael and Shweta!

April 2015

Larisa and Giovanni attend the Vitamin D Workshop in Delft, The Netherlands. Larisa survived biking in Amstedam. Giovanni presented his research and won a Young Investigator Award!

March 2015

Rachael defended and submitted her Master Thesis.She if off to nursing school. 

August 2014

Larisa received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor!

July 2014

Congratulations Brittany!  The first PhD from the Nonn Lab! 

Spring 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 graduates! Dr. Morgan Zenner, MD, PhD and Dr. Julian Pacheco MD!!!