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Krassimira Garbett, PhD – Executive Chef
Staff Scientist – E-mail Krassi

Krassi has unparalleled molecular biology skills, and two successful cloning projects outside the lab setting. With an unmatched personality and a contagious laugh, she is the cohesive glue of the laboratory.


KelliKelli Money, BA – Sommelier
MSTP Student – E-mail Kelli

Kelli is the latest addition to the lab. She is smart, relaxed, self-confident and fun. Kelli has an amazing dive and positive outlook that can overcome all obstacles. As an MD/PhD student, she is a new breed of clinically oriented scientist, and we expect greatness from her in all arenas of her future work.


Monika G. Everheart – Dining Hall Manager
Lab Manager – E-mail Mona

Mona is quiet, nice, gets along with everyone. She takes care of the laboratory and keeps in line the misbehaving and temperamental bunch of chefs.


Affiliated with us, but not employed by our Bistro:

Troy Hackett, PhD – The Inspiring Chef
Associate Professor of Hearing and Speech, Vanderbilt

Troy is inventive, curious, dedicated yet calm and composed. He has his own, independent and very productive laboratory, yet he decided to learn some molecular biology, and Karoly serves as a mentor on his NIH-funded K18 Award. E-mail Troy.


Szatmar Horvath, MD, PhD – The European Chef
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, U of Szeged
The best anatomist and histochemist ever. He is one of the sharpest, most knowledgeable scientists I ever met, with a particularly interesting outlook on life. He spent a year at our Bistro, and still holds an adjunct appointment at Vanderbilt and works with us on various projects. E-mail Szati


 Libin Xu, PhD – The Oriental Chef
Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Vanderbilt

Libin is a chemist with a strong desire to learn biology and apply his chemical expertise to study oxidative stress in human disorders. His His NIH-funded K99 grant focuses Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome and Karoly serves as his mentor for molecular/cell biology. E-mail Libin.


Sara Kalman, MD – The Chef-in-Training
Medical Doctor and PhD Student, U of Szeged, Hungary
Bright, pleasant, calm, eager to learn – Sara is destined to become an excellent physician-scientist. She spent two summers at Vanderbilt through the VISRA program, and her future PhD project will be completed between Vanderbilt and U of Szeged. She has already a couple of nice publications to her credit! E-mail Sara


 Zita Oláh, BS – Pastry Chef in Training
Graduate Student, U of Szeged, Hungary

Once she masters all the flavors, she will be a great chef! She is very motivated, eager to learn, smart, systematic and curious. Zita is aiming to discover biomarkers of brain disorders using peripheral tissue from patients.

… and many-many more aspiring chefs drop by on daily bases, including high school, undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants and postdoctoral fellows. Our doors are always open, thank you for stopping by.