The Cruz-Monserrate laboratory is interested in understanding molecular mechanisms in the development of pancreatic cancer. The lab studies the roles of obesity, diet and exercise  in the initiation, progression and prevention of this disease. Researchers in this lab use a combination of in vitro and in vivo approaches to model pancreatic cancer in an effort to develop preventive strategies and discover biomarkers for early detection.

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Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-292-5387
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Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate, PhD

Pancreatic cancer is a deadly disease and obesity as a major risk factor. Nearly 30% of the world’s population is overweight or obese and rates continue to increase in adults and children.

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Myrriah Tomar

Myrriah Chavez Tomar, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher


Myrriah Chavez Tomar is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Zobeida Cruz-Monserrate at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (GHN Division). Myrriah received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque as an IMSD undergraduate scholar in Dr. Mary Ann Osley’s lab working on fundamental mechanisms in DNA repair using Saccharomyces cerevisiae. As an IMSD scholar, Myrriah became fascinated by laboratory research and went on to attend graduate school at The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School in Denver, CO where she completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, studying mechanisms in chromatin remodeling and replicative aging in Dr. Jessica Tyler’s lab. Myrriah’s graduate research training also included several years at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Upon receiving her Ph.D., Myrriah relocated to Columbus, OH and accepted a position as an R&D scientist developing a novel protein based consumer product for the company SafeWhite Inc. Myrriah’s passion for understanding biological mechanisms led her back to academic research at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, where she currently works in translational research using pre-clinical mouse pancreatic cancer models to identify potential cancer biomarkers. The goal of her postdoctoral research is to identify mechanisms and potential patient interventions for high risk individuals with a predisposition for pancreatic cancer. In addition to research, Myrriah enjoys spending time outdoors, biking, and practicing her Hindi.

Badi Niharika Reddy

Niharika Reddy Badi, MS

Research Associate 1-B/H



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