Research Laboratory Technician
Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Department: Internal Medicine
Originally from Kenya, Ms. Lavender Micalo received her Bachelors of Science degree with honors in Biochemistry at Roanoke College, Virginia in 2018. While working towards her undergraduate degree Ms. Micalo worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Biology at Roanoke College where she investigated the effect of light on the spatial expression of Lignin genes using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model organism. In 2019, Ms. Micalo joined the laboratory of Dr. Howard Li at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Research Technician.
Ms. Micalo is currently focused on identifying the role of prostacyclin in lung cancer and the role of the microenvironment in mediating sensitivity to lung cancer immunotherapy. During her free time, she loves to learn about different cultures, practice salsa dancing, and volunteer at the Feed More facility in Richmond.