Meet the Team

TeluguBhanu Telugu, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

The PI, Bhanu Telugu is a native of Visakhapatnam, India. Telugu, received his Bachelors in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from College of Veterinary Science, Tirupati, India. Following his Bachelors training, he joined Dr. Jonathan Green’s group at University of Missouri, where he received his training in Comparative placentation, and later postdoctoral training in Dr. Michael Roberts’ lab in Stem Cell Biology. Dr. Telugu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Avian Science, University of Maryland; and has a Visiting Scientist position with USDA, ARS.


photo (2)Ki-Eun Park, Ph.D.

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Ki-Eun got his Ph.D degree from JAPAN and obtained his postdoctoral training at Purdue University . He joined Bhanu’s lab from September 2012, as a Faculty Research Assistant . His interest in the lab is establishing mouse and porcine models of human diseases. Towards this end, he has successfully established and validated genome editing tools such as TALENS and CRISPRs. He has more than 5 years of experience manipulating the embryos, and is utilizing the modified cells/embryos to make genetically modified animals.

Anjali NandalAnjali Nandal, Ph.D.

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Anjali is a Faculty research assistant at UMD working on induced pluripotent cells of various animal species and humans. She is also working on derivation of pancreatic β-cells from induced pluripotent cells. She obtained her PhD from university of Reading, UK and has worked at several premier research organizations including NIH and Johns Hopkins.



photo (1)Shelley Swing

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Shelley Swing is a PhD student at UMD in the Animal and Avian Sciences department. She is from McLeansville, NC and spent 7 years at NC State earning bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Psychology, and a master’s degree in Animal Science with a focus in reproduction. Her current research focuses on the generation of naive-type stem cells from domestic animals.

Chanmi Chan-Mi Kim

Chan Mi is from Seoul, South Korea. She graduated with a double major in Biology and Music performance from University of Maryland. She is currently a Masters’ student in Telugu lab. She is working towards developing a porcine model of diabetes.



1)  Pawan Dubey, Fulbright Scholar (2013-2014). Currently a Researcher at IVRI, Izatnagar

2) Priscillar Ramos-Ibeas, (2012-2013). Currently a postdoc in INIA, SPAIN.



1) Pablo Bermejo-Alvarez, Postdoc(2012-2014). Currently Investigator at INIA, SPAIN

2) Cassandra Flexhaug, Undergraduate assistant