Gabriela Johnson


  • B.S. in Biology, Minor in Management for Scientists, Westminster College, 2020


Immunology/Inflammation/Hematology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Regeneration

Brief Biography

During her undergraduate career, Gabriela discovered her passion for regenerative biology. Her senior capstone project looked at the effect that alendronic acid has on the expression of col1a1 and bmp2 during axolotl limb regeneration. Upon graduation, she started working in the Godwin lab at M.D.I. Biological Laboratory as a Research Assistant. This lab looks at the molecular signals produced by immune cells that suppress scarring and promote the activation of regeneration in salamanders. Gabriela is interested in uncovering the mechanisms involved in the regenerative process, primarily in the limb, and the effect that the immune cells have in altering cellular pathways to prevent scarring. This research can bring us closer to developing regenerative therapies for humans. When Gabriela is not in the lab, she’s most likely hiking, biking, or paddle boarding.