Group Members


Adam Gracz, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor

Department of Genetics



Kortney Wager

Research Technician

Kortney is utilizing conventional histology and tissue clearing techniques to "map" the location of distinct biliary subpopulations in the adult liver. She is also using organoids and RNA-seq to understand functional and transcriptomic heterogeneity in biliary epithelium. 


Mahdi Elabdellaoui

Undergraduate student Biomedical Engineering, Junior 

Mahdi is studying heterogeneity of organoid-forming populations in the liver and using functional assays to determine if biliary organoids can be driven to transdifferentiate into hepatocyte-like cells.


Natalie Huyett

Undergraduate student Biology, Senior

Natalie is using knockout mouse models to understand the role of Tet1 in intestinal stem cell biology and epithelial differentiation.




Matthew Fordham

Research Technician        


Current position:

Medical student

University of North Carolina     Class of 2021


Jeremy Morowitz

Undergraduate Student        

2016-2018 | B.S. Biology

Current position:

Research Scientist

Altis Biosystems



Ismael Gomez

Undergraduate Student and Research Technician

2016-2018 | B.S. Biology

Current position:

Research Technician

University of North Carolina     Magness Lab


Jack Kabrich

Undergraduate student               


Current position:

Undergraduate student

University of North Carolina     Kenan-Flagler School of Business