29 November 2022

Nicol passed her qualifying exam without conditions and is now officially a PhD candidate. Congratulations, Nicol!

17 November 2022

Xiaonan was awarded a Miles for Moffitt Postdoctoral Milestone Award for his proposal on uveal melanoma mouse modeling. Congratulations, Xiaonan!

17-20 October 2022

Olga and Florian travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland to attend the 19th International Congress of the Society for Melanoma Research. Olga won a SMR travel award and presented a poster on her work on MAFG. Florian gave a talk on Xiaonan's work on chromosome 1q ceRNAs, which was recently published in Cancer Research.

15 September 2022

We are excited to receive an award from Moffitt's Donald A. Adam Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center of Excellence in support of our work on pediatric melanoma. This proposal, entitled "Defining and Modeling Pediatric Melanoma Development" was written by Olga. Very well done, Olga!

16-20 August 2022

The lab was well represented at the Models and Mechanisms of Cancer meeting at beautiful Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Xiaonan, Manon, Kai, Nicol, Virginia presented posters while Neel attended and presented online.

15 August 2022

Michael Martinez joins the lab full time as Research Associate I. Michael already spent the better part of the last in year in the lab volunteering during his last semesters at USF.

25 July 2022

Crystal Griffith joins the lab as Research Associate II. Welcome to the lab, Crystal!

22 June 2022

Xiaonan's paper on the pro-metastatic function of ceRNAs encoded by genes localized on the chromosome 1q amplicon was accepted for publication at Cancer Research. This was a huge effort and adds to our understanding of how miRNA sequestration can promote cancer. Congrats, Xiaonan!

31 May 2022

The Karreth lab celebrated its 6 year anniversary with dinner at Armature Works followed by delicious ice cream. We look forward to what the next 6 years will bring.


25 May 2022

Florian presented a seminar on "Drivers of melanoma progression: the unusual suspects" in support of his promotion and tenure application.

18 May 2022

At this year's Moffitt Faculty Appreciation Event, Florian was recognized with two Awards: 2021 Junior Faculty Research Award in Basic Science and 2021 Research Educator of the Year. 

12 May 2022

Paulina Kapuscinska joined the lab as a summer intern. Paulina is going to be a senior in biomedical engineering at the University of Florida. Welcome to the lab!

11 May 2022

The Karreth Lab attended the 12th Moffitt Scientific Symposium at the USF Marshall Center. Kai, Neel, and Nicol presented posters and Nicol was selected to orally present her work in a 3 minute featured poster presentation.

23 March 2022

Ella successfully defended her PhD thesis. Many congratulations Dr. Bok! And thanks to the committee members Drs. Elsa Flores, Keiran Smalley, and Eric Lau as well as the external defense chair Dr. Sheri Holmen, who joined us virtually.


Ella's celebration was also a perfect chance to finally take an up-to-date group photo. Front: Manon, Olga, Nicol; Back: Xiaonan, Virginia, Kaizhen, Dr. Ella, Florian, Neel, Ben.

4 March 2022

Virginia Minniti from the University of Pisa, Italy, joins the lab to conduct her Master's thesis on ncRNAs in melanoma. Welcome Virginia!

11 February 2022

With our friends from the DeNicola lab, we visited the Florida State Fair. Rides, fun, fried foods, and furry animals. We all had a blast.

11 February 2022

Our paper describing genetic tools for the stable overexpression of circRNAs in vitro and in vivo was accepted at RNA Biology. This paper was led by Nicol and is the result of her Master's thesis. Congratulations!

19 January 2022

Another new member of the lab starts: Manon Chadourne, hailing from Paris, France, joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Manon will be studying ncRNAs in melanoma. Welcome Manon!

18 January 2022

Athulya Kuruvilla joined the lab. As an undergrad student at USF, Lya will be working with Xiaonan and Ben on GNAQ functions in uveal melanoma toward her honors thesis. Welcome Lya!