Current Fellows

Rebecca Cox

  • Ph.D., Biomedical Science, Cornell University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular and Integrative Physiology 
  • Mentor:  Dr. Scott Leiser

Research Interest: Rebecca is interested in the role of FMO-2 and neuropeptide pathways in a C. elegans model of dietary-mediated longevity.

Nathan Horrell

  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of California – Riverside
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
  • Mentor:  Dr. Jacek Debiec

Research Interest:  Nathan is interested in the effects of electroshock treatment on fear conditioning behavior, neural activity and gene expression.


Molly Naylor

  • Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology and Visual Science
  • Mentor:  Dr. Jillian Pearring

Research Interest: Molly is interested in studying outer segment growth in photoreceptors. 


Ramiah Jacks

  • Ph.D., Immunology, Loyola University Chicago
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular and Integrative Physiology 
  • Mentor: Carey Lumeng, M.D., Ph.D

Research Interest: Ramiah is interested in the factors that shape our immune response in obesity, especially the relationship between adipose tissue T cells (ATTs) and the adipose tissue microenvironment.  

Vanessa Puñal

Research Interest: Vanessa is interested in how neural networks are built and modified by experience, focusing on cellular, molecular, and/or genetic mechanisms driven the stochastic patterning of these olfactory associative learning circuitsin the developing Drosophila melanogaster.


Sonya Wolf-Fortune

  • Ph.D., Immunology, University of Michigan
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • Mentor:  Katherine Gallagher, M.D., Vascular Surgery

Research Interest:  Sonya is interested in the immune factors influencing diabetic wound healing,  examining the role of keratinocytes in shaping the macrophage inflammatory profile in diabetic wounds in order to develop novel targets for treatment. 


Lauren Jepsen

Research Interest: Lauren is studying how the sequence of actin effects its structure and dynamics through the use of both accelerated and conventional molecular dynamics.  She is also interested in the consequences of point mutations within actin’s pathogenic helix (residues 1135-125).  


Elizabeth Duran

Research Interest: Elizabeth is interested in characterizing protein-driven spliceosome rearrangements that govern splice site selection during mature RNA production.


Former Fellows
Jennifer Judge
Regulatory Affairs Scientist,
Cook Myosite
Wylie Stroberg
Assistant Professor,
University of Alberta
Victor A Cazares
Assistant Professor,
Williams University
Holly Turula
Assistant Professor,
Western Michigan University
DeLawrence Sykes
Visiting Assistant Professor, Pomona College
Neda Nourabadi
QA Senior Associate
Zoe Thompson
Assistant Professor
Utah Valley University