Current Fellows

Maxwell Baymiller

Ph.D., Biochemistry, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Genetics, Center for RNA Biomedicine
Mentor:  Dr. Stephanie Moon

Research Interest: Max is interested in RNA biology and disease, especially in the role of VCP in translation, and how mutations in VCP cause diverse diseases.


Patrice Hicks

Ph.D., Population Health Science – Clinical & Translational Epidemiology Emphasis , Univ. of Utah
Postdoctoral Fellow, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Mentors:  Dr. Maria Woodward and Dr. Paula Anne Newman-Casey

Research Interest:  Patrice is interested in identifying neighborhood-level factors that impact glaucoma outcomes, above and beyond individual-level factors, to work towards achieving health equity in eye and vision health.


Kristen Turner

Ph.D., Human Physiology, Univ. of Iowa
Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mentor:  Dr. Daniel E. Michele

Research Interest: Kristen is interested in the physiology of membrane repair. She is identifying cellular/molecular regulators of actin assembly at the plasma membrane of skeletal and cardiac muscles. Her research aims to determine possible therapeutic targets that may benefit patients with muscular dystrophy.


Hector Mendoza

Ph.D., Biology, Univ. of Louisville
Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Mentor:  Dr.Györgyi Csankovszki 

Research Interest: Hector is exploring the molecular mechanisms involved in regulation of gene expression and chromatin modification in the dosage compensation system of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.


Jennifer Flanagan-Natoli

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Texas – Austin
Postdoctoral Fellow, LSA Biophysics
Mentor:  Dr. Sarah Veatch

Research Interest: Jenny is interested in studying the cooperativity between cytoskeletal structure, plasma membrane organization, and receptor signaling in immune cells using super-resolution microscopy.


Kipchumba Kaitany

Ph.D., Biological Chemistry
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry
Mentor:  Dr. Markos Koutmos

Research Interest: Kip is interested in RNA structure-function and is particularly drawn to the study of RNA-protein interactions.


Lauren McCarthy

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Rice University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biophysics
Mentor:  Dr. Julie S. Biteen

Research Interest:  Lauren is applying single-molecule microscopy and tracking to learn how E. coli cells are organized, particularly under conditions of stress. 


Rebecca Cox

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.


Molly Naylor

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

Vanessa Puñal

Ph,D., Neurobiology, Duke University
Postdoctoral Fellow,  Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Mentor: Eleanor J. “Josie” Clowney, Ph.D. 

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

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.


Elizabeth Duran

Elizabeth Duran

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Alabama
Research Fellow, Chemistry
Mentor: Nils G. Walter, Ph.D.

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


Former Fellows

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Wylie Stroberg
Assistant Professor,
University of Alberta

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Victor A Cazares
Assistant Professor,
Williams University

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Jennifer Judge
Regulatory Affairs Scientist,
Cook Myosite

Holly Turula
Holly Turula
Assistant Professor,
Western Michigan University
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Zoe Thompson
Assistant Professor
Utah Valley University
Nathan Horrell
Nathan Horrell
Medical, Regulatory Writer
Medpace, Inc.
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DeLawrence Sykes
Assistant Professor,
Berry College (GA)
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Neda Nourabadi
QA Senior Associate
Lauren Jepsen
Lauren Jepsen
Assistant Professor
Cornell College (IA)