Pauly Lab Members

Geraldine Paszkiewicz – Laboratory Technician
I have worked at Roswell Park for the past 25 years. The last five years have been in Dr. Pauly’s lab. For 12 years prior to that I worked in the Department of Dermatology in the field of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). I spent a year in Experimental Pathology and seven years in the Department of Molecular Immunology, which is now known as the Department of Immunology, six years of which were with Dr. Pauly, yes, full circle. Over this time I have had the great pleasure of working with many different people from all over the world, such diversity. We have had some great times, skiing and getting together for whatever reasons we can. I’ve made many life long friendships. I enjoy traveling, skiing, gardening, camping, boating, fishing and eating. I am a big Buffalo Bills fan (Go Bills!). email:

Lauren A. Smith – Graduate Student
I was born in Vancouver. My family decided moved to the Catskills area of New York State. I attended a small, catholic high school and decided to move to Buffalo and get my B.S. in Forensic Chemistry from Buffalo State. I discovered that I didn’t enjoy chemistry as much as I thought and I found a great love for biology, especially genetics. I did an independent project examining the effects of Heat Shock Protein 110 (Hsp 110) on Caenorhabditis elegans. My experiments suggested that Hsp 100 plays a significant role in C. elegans growth and greatly effects egg-laying and vulval development. My C. elegans work was the highlight of my undergraduate experience and an endeavor I’m very proud of. After graduating with my BS in Forensic Chemistry and a minor in biology in 2005, I took a few years off, worked at a local environmental lab and then decided to pursue a graduate degree. I enrolled in the Masters of Natural Science program, choosing to focus on Cellular and Molecular Biology (my first love). Unfortunately, shortly before I started, my father was diagnosed with mesothelioma – I suddenly found great purpose in my studies and wanted to research his disease. I was lucky enough to find that Dr. Pauly’s lab has been looking at the link between tobacco and not only lung cancer but also the other conditions that plague chronic tobacco users. I started working in his lab in September 2007, and I’m really enjoying working to broaden my horizons and I hope to help bring some insight into the mysteries of cancer.