Student Directory

  • Sarmi Basnet
    James Gern Lab
    Education:
    • Winona State Univ, Winona, MN
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Research:
    Studying virus-induced respiratory illnesses at the interface of virology, cell biology, genetics and immunology.
  • Education:
    • Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN
    Research:
    My research focuses on the receptor tyrosine kinase AXL and its important role in head and neck cancer. We believe inhibition of AXL in patients could provide delayed tumor growth, reduced metastasis, and increased sensitivity to other therapeutics.
  • Lindsey Block
    Education:
    • BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Andrew Brandl
    Rotating
    Education:
    • UW Milwaukee
  • Anil Kiran Chokkalla
    Education:
    • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
    Research:
    Our lab investigates the role of non-coding RNAs and epigenetic regulation in post-stroke pathophysiology. My work is centered around understanding the molecular mechanism of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), FosDT mediated epigenetic remodeling in post-stroke brain damage.
  • Education:
    • BS, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    Research:
    investigating ways to optimize T-cell adoptive immunotherapy for melanoma
  • Caleb Dillingham
    Education:
    • BS, Cellular Biology, 2013 University of Georgia
  • Education:
    • BS, Chemistry, Biochemistry, New Mexico State University
    Research:
    Our lab focuses on studying the mechanisms underlying the resistance of Candida albicans biofilms to antifungal drugs and the immune system. We focus on identifying molecular pathways that control the mechanisms of the observed drug resistant phenotype attributed to the extracellular matrix of C. albicans biofilms.
  • Ryan Donahue
    Rob Nickells Lab
    Education:
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
    Research:
    “My project focuses on understanding temporal dynamics of retinal ganglion cell commitment to apoptosis in the optic nerve crush model.”
  • Education:
    • Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
    Research:
    My research project focuses on the epigenetic regulation of Schwann cell's regenerative capacity. More specifically, I study the role of JMJD3, a histone demethylase, that may be a major player in the rate-limiting-steps for demyelination, debris clearance, development of new axon tracks, and remyelination.
  • Philip Emmerich
    Education:
    • BS, Biology; BS, Biochemistry, 2016 St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Evan Flietner
    Rotating
    Education:
    • UW Madison
  • Education:
    • BS, Biology, University of New Mexico - Albuquerque
    Research:
    My research focuses on the transcriptional mechanisms underlying intimal hyperplasia, a regenerative process that becomes aberrantly overactive in many atherosclerotic patients who are treated with angioplasty, stenting or bypass.
  • Education:
    • California State University - San Marcos, San Marcos, CA
    Research:
    I'm studying the migration of mycobacterium infected dendritic cells from the lung and adhesion molecules and chemokines that regulate dendritic cell migration across the blood brain barrier.
  • Education:
    • University of Wisconsin - Parkside, Kenosha, WI
    Research:
    Investigating signaling pathways involved with age associated cognitive decline.
  • Education:
    • BS, University Of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez; California Institute of Technology
    Research:
    I am interested in research validating a novel treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) involving helminth-induced inmmunomodulation therapy (HINT).
  • Anna Hoefges
    Education:
    • BS, Biology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Education:
    • University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    Research:
    Understanding the role of citrullination in autoimmunity
  • Rebecca Hutcheson
    Education:
    • BS, 2015, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Mercer Universtiy, Macon, GA
  • Education:
    • BS, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    Research:
    Investigating the functional significance of phosphorylations on tubulin during mitosis.
  • Hyunjun Kang
    Slukvin Lab
    Education:
    • MS, Molecular Immunology, CHA University - Korea
    Research:
    My current research is focused on identifying molecular determinants for endothelial-hematopoietic transition (EHT).
  • Education:
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
    Research:
    "My current research involves investigating the host-pathogen interactions between neutrophils and Candida albicans biofilms."
  • Mekail Khan
    Smith Lab
    Education:
    • BS, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
    Research:
    The effect of Brucella on the Unfolded Protein Response
  • Julia Kreznar
    Rey Lab
    Education:
    • BS, Grinnell College
    Research:
    Investigating the relationship between the development of Type II Diabetes, the gut microbiota and genetics
  • Education:
    • Univ of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    Research:
    Our lab studies the development of the lung, using mouse models. My projects focus on the effects of neonatal exposure to hyperoxia (as used to treat premature infants) on lung development, function, and susceptibility to respiratory virus infection.
  • Mary Lopez
    Vemuganti Lab
    Education:
    • BS, Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Research:
    The Vemuganti Lab studies how non-coding RNA can affect outcome after acute brain injury. My work is centered around evaluating the putative neuroprotective miRNA miR-21 for theraputic administration after focal ischemic stroke.
  • Andrew Lynch
    Rotating
    Education:
    • UW Eau Claire
  • Education:
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
    Research:
    In vitro disease modeling of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using patient-specific iPSCs, with a focus on muscle cell contributions to disease pathogenesis.
  • Steven Mayerl
    Education:
    • BS, Biology, 2014 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
  • Education:
    • Knox College Galesburg, IL
    Research:
    My research involves understanding the mechanisms by which dendritic cells deliver Mtb into the central nervous system and how the BBB contributes to Mtb’s dissemination via DCs into the CNS.
  • José F Rodriguez-Molina
    Education:
    • BS, Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico
    Research:
    Sox10-regulated microRNAs and their role in Schwann Cell development and myelination.
  • James Romero
    Kenney Lab
    Education:
    • BS, University Of Houston
    Research:
    My current research in on whether or not Epstein-Barr Virus Latency genes, EBNA3A and EBNA3C are essential for lymphomagenesis in vivo. Utilizing the humanized mouse model, we know EBNA3A and EBNA3C are not essential for tumor development. We are characterizing these tumors and investigating the mechanism for how these tumors are formed. The final step will be to see if we can inhibit EBNA3A and EBNA3C function with drugs to prevent tumor growth or cause tumor cell death.
  • Anna Marie Rowell
    Rotating
    Education:
    • University of Oklahoma
  • Education:
    • MS, Biomedical Sciences, University of WI-Milwuakee
    Research:
    Investigating the involvement of histone deacetylases in retinal ganglion cell gene silencing and cell death associated with glaucoma
  • Jeanette Shultz
    Emborg Lab
    Education:
    • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Research:
    currently examining the peripheral effects of Parkinson’s Disease and possible methods of neuroprotection using a 6-OHDA nonhuman primate model of dysautonomia
  • Education:
    • BS, Biology, University of Virginia 2012
    Research:
    My research interests lie in the study of host immune responses to pathogens and in searching for new ways to manipulate the immune system to develop novel therapeutic and prophylactic measures for treating viral and bacterial infections.
  • Nicholas Donald Van Sciver
    Shannon Kenney Lab
    Education:
    • Worcester Poly Institute
    Research:
    EBV is associated with epithelial cell malignancies, but in-vitro EBV infection of epithelial cells is very inefficient. I investigate what innate immune pathways block EBV infection of epithelial cells with the goal of establishing novel EBV epithelial cell models.
  • Kirsti Walker
    Capitini Lab
    Education:
    • BS/MS, Biotechnology, University Of Nevada-Reno
    Research:
    My research interests are focused on elucidating the influences of the RIP 1/3 pathway on tissue regeneration and inflammation during AAA (Abdominal aortic aneurysm)
  • Education:
    • Luther College, Decorah, IA
    Research:
    My research interest is in uncovering the mechanism or mechanisms by which sleep deprivation affects neuronal excitability and signal processing, especially in contexts of the hippocampus and epilepsy.
  • Bryce Wolfe
    Ted Golos Lab
    Education:
    • Columbia College, Chicago IL
    Research:
    I study the cellular and molecular biology of the maternal-fetal interface, with a focus on host-pathogen interactions and immune responses to infection with Listeria monocytogenes during pregnancy.
  • Katie Zarbock
    Rotating
    Education:
    • St. Paul College - MN
  • Mengxue Zhang
    Guo Lab
    Education:
    • Peking Univ Health Sciences Center, Beijing, China
    Research:
    I'm interested in identifying novel causative processes in the development of restenosis, focusing on the role of the BET family(bromo and extra-terminal BET epigenetic “readers”)in the development of intimal hyperplasia.
  • Qijun Zhang
    Rotating
    Education:
    • University of Science and Technology of China
  • Fen Zhu
    Rui Lab
    Education:
    • Wuhan Univ, Wuhan, China
    Research:
    Investigating the role of PRMT5 in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma