Application for new SCR trainees is currently open!

Thirteen graduate stipends on the SCR NIH training grant and University cost share funds will be awarded on July 1, 2020 for support during the 2020-2021 academic year. Awards will be made primarily on the basis of merit and participation in the SCR program activities. Graduate students who wish to apply for funding should email a one-page application to Lin Pharris at linda.pharris@colorado.edu (with subject line: SCR App, Student Last Name) by Friday May 29, 2020, which includes the following:

  1. Describe your research plan and progress up to now, as well as future research goals. Indicate any papers published or in press, meetings attended, and any poster or oral presentations.
  2. Describe your interests and participation in the SCR program, including advanced coursework that you have taken or intend to take as part of your elective requirements, and activities of the SCR program that you have participated in.

Eligibility is determined by:

  • Currently in years 2-4 of graduate education
  • Research interest in signal transduction and cellular regulation
  • Advisor in the SCR program
  • Two formal electives (6 credits total), of which one course is required:  CHEM 5801 (3 cr) "Advanced Signal Transduction and Cell Cycle Regulation", next scheduled for Spring 2022
  • Level of interest in attending SCR Symposium, Signaling Supergroup meetings, SCR Journal Club, and other program activities
  • No previous support on other training grants
  • Please indicate if you are a foreign student, but not a permanent resident. This application is open to foreign students, U.S. citizens, and permanent residents.

 

1st Year Trainees

Carmen Buttler

Carmen Buttler is a second-year MCDB graduate student in Dr. Ed Chuong's Lab. She received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Denver in 2016, and her M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2018. Carmen studies the regulatory functions of retroviruses and endogenous retroviruses in host cell genomes. Outside of the lab, she enjoys travel, skiing, and dancing.

Alison Swearingen

Alison Swearingen is a second-year MCDB graduate student in Dr. Justin Brumbaugh's Lab. She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Biochemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and came to CU Boulder right after. Alison studies the functions of histone modifications in stem cells and development. She spends her free time hiking, climbing, and playing complicated board games.

Stephen Archuleta

Stephen Archuleta is a second-year Biochemistry graduate student in the Goodrich/Kugel Lab, where he uses single molecule microscopy to study the transcriptional regulation of TFIIE. He graduated from Regis University in 2017 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Math. Outside the lab, Stephen enjoys all things Nintendo, basketball, and playing heavy metal music on guitar. He also adores his cats.

Stephen Upton

Stephen Upton is a second-year Biochemistry graduate student in Dr. Marcelo Sousa's Lab, studying outer membrane biogenesis in gram-negative bacteria. He graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina. He then worked as a research associate in the Biopharmaceutical Development department at KBI Biopharma in Durham, North Carolina before coming to CU for graduate studies. Outside the lab he enjoys skiing too much, hiking and listening to music.

Kevin Choi Kevin Choi is a second-year MCDB graduate student in Rui Yi’s lab, where he studies the role of intermediate EMT state cell populations in tumor formation. He received a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from Quinnipiac University. Kevin enjoys cycling and hiking in his free time.

 

2nd Year Trainees

Aly Barbour Aly Barbour is a third-year Biochemistry graduate student in Dr. Deborah Wuttke's Lab. She graduated from Guilford College with a B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on a mammalian protein complex which is vital for telomere maintenance and DNA replication, recombination and repair. Outside the lab, Aly likes to ride her bike while listening to comedy podcasts, read psychological thrillers, and sit outside.   Genny Roberts Genny Roberts is a third-year Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Karolin Luger. Genny is studying Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase 1, an enzyme involved in the DNA damage response. She obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry from Seattle Pacific University. Outside the lab she enjoys kickball, bar trivia and reading a wide variety of books. 
Humza Ashraf Humza Ashraf is a third-year Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Sabrina Spencer. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne in 2017. In the Spencer lab he studies the relationship between quiescence depth and irreversible cell-cycle arrest. He spends his free time listening to music and not playing board games.  Will Campodonico Will Campodonico is a third-year Biochemistry graduate student in Dr. John Rinn's lab, where he studies lnc-RNA based cellular machines. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014 (sco Ducks) and worked as a tech for three years before coming to CU. When not in the lab, Will enjoys long, romantic walks through Costco, wearing onsies at socially unacceptable times, and sharing an electric blanket with his dog (who is way cooler than he is). 
Alli Schier

Alli Schier received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of  Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. She is now a third-year Biochemistry graduate student in Dr. Dylan Taajes' lab. Alli studies the structure and function of key transcription machinery. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking so she can eat more food. 

David Engelhardt David Engelhardt is a third-year MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Lee Niswander. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Texas State University in 2015 and worked in private industry for two years before coming to CU. In the Niswander lab he studies gene-environment interactions, specifically the role of folic acid in neural tube closure. He spends his free time playing with his 4-month-old son.
Ted Ewachiw Theodore Ewachiw is a third-year MCDB graduate student in Dr. Brad Olwins lab, where he is studying the formation and role of myo-granules in skeletal muscle. In 2013, he graduated from Towson University where he earned his B.S. in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics. Following graduation, he worked as a tech for four years before deciding to attend graduate school. Outside of the lab, Theodore enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife, enjoying the mountains, and painting.  Devin Tauber

Devin Tauber graduated from CU Denver with a degree in Chemistry and now works in the lab of Dr. Roy Parker studying mRNP granules.

Advanced Trainees and Past Signaling & Cellular Regulation Students

Otto Kletzien Otto Kletzien is a fourth-year Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Rob Batey. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2014. In the Batey lab, Otto is studying intrinsically disordered RGG domains and the ways in which they recognize and bind their RNA targets. Outside of the lab, Otto enjoys climbing and playing with his dog, Paisley. Lindsey Lee Lindsey Lee obtained her B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College in 2014. She is now a fourth-year MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Leslie Leinwand. There, Lindsey studies the functional divergence of an evolutionarily conserved muscle myosin family member found in snake muscle and mammalian nonmuscle environments. When she gets the chance, Lindsey enjoys swimming, cycling, and hunting for Lake Superior agates.
Suzannah Miller Suzannah Miller is a fourth-year Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Natalie Ahn. She received her B.A. in Chemistry and Music in 2016 from Minot State University. Suzannah studies the Wnt5a-receptor-actomyosin- polarity (WRAMP) structure, a network of proteins discovered in Natalie Ahn's lab, which forms in the rear of cells and influences cell polarity and migration. In addition to doing really cool cell signaling research, Suzannah also plays the organ. Megan Mitchell Megan Mitchell received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of South Carolina in 2016. She is a fourth-year Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Marcelo Sousa. Here, she studies the role of the beta-barrel assembly machinery (BAM) in gram-negative bacteria outer-membrane protein biogenesis using both single molecule and in vivo techniques. In her free time, Megan loves to run and explore the great outdoors.
Julie Sadino Julie Sadino is a fourth-year MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Zoe Donaldson. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Linfield College in 2010. Julie now works to identify and characterize partner bond neurons in prairie voles. Julie has been riding horses since she was eight years old. Yao Rong Yao Rong is a fourth-year MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Sabrina Spencer. Yao attended Jiangnan University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Engineering in Biological Engineering in 2013 and her M.S. with an emphasis in Glycobiology in 2016. In the Spencer lab, Yao is currently studying how the control of proliferation versus quiescence is regulated by nutrient signaling. Outside of the lab, she enjoys painting, calligraphy and listening to R&B songs.
Jonathan Striepen Jonathan Striepen is a third-year MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Gia Voeltz. He received his B.S. in Biology at Georgia Tech. In the Voeltz lab, Jonathan studies the role the ER plays in regulating endosome fission at membrane contact sites. He enjoys playing soccer in between knee surgeries.   Lauren Crisman graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology and General Chemistry. Lauren is an MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jingshi Shen, where she uses CRISPR technology to create gene knockouts in pre-adipocytes to study new regulators of GLUT4 exocytosis. When she's not in the lab, Lauren enjoys cross stitching.
Gretchen Wettstein Gretchen Wettstein (Geibel) is an MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jenny Knight. She obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry at Chatham University in 2015. Gretchen researches science education, or, more specifically, how to make freshman biology students better at problem-solving. Gretchen also enjoys baking and tinkering with fermented foods. Alison Gilchrist Alison Gilchrist received her B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of California San Diego in 2014. She is an MCDB graduate student in the lab of Dr. Sara Sawyer, where she studies how dengue virus antagonizes immune responses and manipulates host cells in humans and nonhuman primates. Alison is a member of the International Society of Tardigrade Hunters.
Nicholas Hill Nicholas Hill has a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Chemistry, which he received from the University of Rochester in 2015. As a Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Jeff Cameron, Nick analyzes the biogenesis and regulation of the carboxysome, a bacterial microcompartment that enables efficient carbon fixation within cyanobacteria. Apart from carboxysomes, Nick's interests include climbing, skiing, and cooking.   Dylan Iverson is a Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Natalie Ahn. Dylan graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. In the Ahn lab, Dylan uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to understand the conformational exchange process associated with activation of protein kinase ERK2. Not only can he do NMR; Dylan can also speak French.
Thomas Rivas Thomas Rivas is a Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. James Goodrich and Dr. Jennifer Kugel. Tom received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware in 2015. He is currently studying how herpes simplex virus 1 infection controls host cell transcription. Tom is a puzzle expert, an avid concert-goer, and a connoisseur of bad movies. Graycen Wheeler Graycen Wheeler received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 2015. She is a Biochemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Xuedong Liu. She studies CLPTM1L, a protein that contributes to the survival and growth of tumor cells and is transcriptionally upregulated after treatment with many commonly-used oncology therapies. In her free time, Graycen enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, making a science podcast (Buffs Talk Science), and snuggling cats.

 

Trainee
Prior Degree, Institution
Mentor &
Department
Training Period
Research Topic
Degree Received
Most Recent Position

Dalton Buysse

B.A., St. John's University BAC, Pomona College

Odorizzi

MCDB

2014-2020

RabGTPases and Endosome Maturation

Ph.D.

(Apr 2020)

 

Justin Moser

B.S., Pomona College

Spencer

Biochemistry

2014-2020

Single Cell Analysis of p21 and Quiescence

Ph.D.

(Apr 2020)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Sabrina Spencer, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Adrian Ramirez

B.S., University of Arizona

Liu

Biochemistry

2014-present

Activation of Mitophagy by PINK and Parkin

 

In training

Jonathan Rubin

B.S., Cornell University

Dowell/Taatjes

Biochemistry

2014-2020

The Role of CDK8 Using Cortistatin A

Ph.D.

(May 2020)

 

Georgiana Salant

B.A., Williams University

Goodrich/Kugel

Biochemistry

2014-2020

Targets of miR-206 and miR-26a During Skeletal Muscle Differentiation

Ph.D.

(May 2020)

 

Haoxi Wu

B.S., Sichuan University

Voeltz

MCDB

2014-present

Polyomavirus Trafficking From Endocytic Pathways to the Endoplasmic Reticulum

 

In training

Aaron Flynn

B.S., Univ. of California, San Diego

Yin

MCDB

2014-2018

The Role of Exosomes in Neuroinflammation

M.S.

(2018)

Associate Scientist II, Bluebird Bio, Seattle, WA

Lynn Sanford

B.A., Pomona College

Palmer

Biochemistry

2014-2019

Evidence, Mechanism, and Downstream Effects of Zn2+ Signaling

Ph.D.

(Aug 2019)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Amy Palmer, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Arden Doerner

B.S., Louisiana State Univ. - Baton Rouge

Sousa

Biochemistry

2013-2018

Structure and Mechanism of Bacterial Beta-barrel Outer Membrane Protein Assembly Machine

Ph.D.

(Apr 2018)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Anirban Banerjee, NIH-NICHD, Bethesda, MD

Elina Ly

B.S., Univ. of Arizona

Goodrich/Kugel

Biochemistry

2013-2019

Mechanism of HMGB1-Facilitated DNA Binding by p53

Ph.D.

(Aug 2019)

Scientist I, KBI Biopharma, Boulder, CO

Samantha O’Hara

B.S., Florida State Univ.

Garcea

MCDB

2013-2016

The Role of Gangliosides in Mouse Polyomavirus Early Gene Induction

Ph.D.

(Oct 2016)

Principal Scientist, Immunology Lead, Zoetis, Inc., Fort Collins, CO

Abigail Reens

B.S., MIT

Detweiler

MCDB

2013-2019

Novel Antibiotics that Target Salmonella Replication

Ph.D.

(Apr 2019)

Postdoctoral, Merck Exploratory Science Center, Cambridge, MA

Russell Burke

B.S., Oregon State Univ.

Orth

MCDB

2013-2018

Anti-cancer Effects of Inhibiting Nuclear Export

Ph.D.

(Apr 2018)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Anna Huttenlocher, Dept. of Pediatrics, Univ. of Wisconsin

Charli Fant

B.S., Transylvania Univ.

Taatjes

Biochemistry

2013-2019

Human CDK8 in RNA Polymerase II Promoter Escape

Ph.D.

(July 2019)

Scientist, Zoetis Inc., Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO

Deanna Langager

B.S., Univ. of Minnesota

Leinwand

MCDB

2013-2019

Signaling Pathways that Promote Regression

Ph.D.

(May 2019)

Postodoctoral, Lab of Leslie Leinwand, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Joseph Cardiello

B.A., Willamette Univ.

Goodrich/Kugel

Biochemistry

2012-2018

Regulation of RNA Pol II by Noncoding RNA

Ph.D.

(Aug 2018)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Robin Dowell, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Veronica Dengler

B.A., Bates College

Espinosa

MCDB

2012-2016

Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation by Hypoxia-Inducible Factors

Ph.D.

(2017)

Science Writer, PBS NewsHour

Bridget Menasche

B.A., Princeton Univ.

Shen

MCDB

2012-2018

Regulation of Glucose Homeostasis by Insulin Signaling

Ph.D.

(Sept 2018)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Jingshi Shen, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Melissa Phillips Hoyer

B.S., Univ. of Wyoming

Voeltz

MCDB

2012-2018

Effects of Calcium Signaling on Endosome Maturation

Ph.D.

(Sept 2018)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Wade Harper, Dept of Biology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

Briana Van Treeck

B.S., Univ. of New Mexico

Parker

Biochemistry

2012-2018

Protein Targeting to Ribonucleoprotein P-bodies and Stress Granules

Ph.D.

(Aug 2018)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Kathleen Collins, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Christa Trexler (Blenck)

B.S., Northern Arizona Univ.

Leinwand

MCDB

2011-2017

Estrogens and Cardiovascular Disease

Ph.D.

(Mar 2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chen Lab, Dept of Medicine, Univ. of California, San Diego

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women - Co-Pod Leader of the 500 Women Scientists San Diego Pod

Eric Bunker

B.S., Evergreen College

Liu

Biochemistry

2011-2017

Using Fluorescent Nanocages to Bridge the Gap between Biology and Nanotechnology

Ph.D.

(Jun 2017)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Richard Youle, NIH-NINDS, Bethesda, MD

Jennifer Liddle

B.S., Western Wash. Univ.

Ahn

Biochemistry

2011-2017

Regulatory Mechanisms for the MAP Kinases ERK1 and ERK2

Ph.D.

(Mar 2017)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Ben Garcia, U Penn Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Benjamin Allen

B.S., Western Wash. Univ.

Taatjes

Biochemistry

2011-2017

Transcriptional Regulation by Mediator-RNA Interactions

Ph.D.

(2017)

 

Laura Marholz

B.A., Purdue Univ.

Wang

Biochemistry

2010-2015

Inhibitors of Histone Demethylases

Ph.D.

(2015)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Laurie Parker, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Linghe Xi ¥

Tsinghua Univ.

Cech

Biochemistry

2010-2015

RNA Regulation in Cancer

Ph.D.

(2015)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Elaine Fuchs, Rockefeller Univ., New York, NY

Rebecca Zabinsky

B.A., Scripps

Han

MCDB

2010-2015

Functional Analysis of miRISC Complexes

Ph.D.

(2015)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Daniel Jarosz, Stanford U., Stanford, CA

Lavan Khandan

B.A., Dartmouth Univ.

Junge

MCDB

2010-2017

Signaling in Mammalian Vascular Development

Ph.D.

(Apr 2017)

Scientific Analyst, inThought, Spring Lake, NJ

Zachary Poss

B.S., Arizona State Univ.

Taatjes

Biochemistry

2009-2015

Transcription Regulation by p53-Mediator

Ph.D

(2015)

Scientific Research Support, Strategic Analysis, Inc., Arlington, VA

Li Wang ¥

B.S., Fudan Univ.

Yi/Dowel

MCDB

2009-2015

Lineage-specific Long Non-coding RNAs in Embryonic Skin Development

Ph.D.

(2015)

Computational Biologist, Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA

Tianjing Hu ¥

B.S., Beijing Normal Univ.

Ahn

Biochemistry

2008-present

Control of Melanoma Cell Invasion by Oncogenic B-Raf

 

In training

Sarah McQuate

B.S., Univ. of Puget Sound

Palmer

Biochemistry

2010-2014

The Function of Salmonella Effector Proteins

Ph.D.

(Oct 2014)

Public Information Officer, Research Writer, Univ. of
Washington College of Engineering, Seattle, WA

Genevieve Park

B.S., MIT

Palmer

Biochemistry

2010-2014

Biological Applications of Genetically Encoded Zinc Sensors

Ph.D.

(Mar 2014)

Residency, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Davie Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Bermuda Run, NC

Luke Ursell

B.S., Univ. of Florida

Knight

Biochemistry

2010-2014

Signaling Between Gut Microbiota and the Host Brain

Ph.D.

(Nov 2014)

Co-Founder, Vice President of Technology, Biota Technology, San Diego, CA

Ely Porter

B.S., Ohio State Univ.

Batey

Biochemistry

2009-2015

Selection of Novel Aptamers Using Riboswitch Scaffolds

Ph.D.

(May 2015)

Co-Founder and Lead Scientist, RootPath Genomics, Cambridge, MA

Stefanie Puglielli (Stickel)

B.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania

Su

MCDB

2009-2014

Mechanisms of Radiation Induced Cell Death

Ph.D.

(Apr 2014)

Senior Medical Writer, Envision Pharma Group, Boulder, CO

Christopher Haines

B.S., Texas A&M Univ.

Leinwand

MCDB

2009-2012

Role of Sex Hormones in Cardiac Hypertrophy

M.S.

(Jun 2008)

Faculty Member, Front Range Community College, Aurora, CO

Eric Davis

B.A., Washington & Jefferson Univ.

Shen

MCDB

2008-2015

Mechanisms of ER Stress Signaling

Ph.D.

(Mar 2015)

Bioinformatics Associate Scientist, ArcherDX, Boulder, CO

Philip Calabrese

B.S., Rutgers Univ.

Eaton

Biochemistry

2008-2014

Imaging Membrane Proteins with Gold Nanoparticles

Ph.D.

(May 2014)

Quality Director, Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, Co-founder of Boom Algae, Boulder, CO

Michelle Turco

B.S., Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Sousa

Biochemistry

2008-2014

Structure of Type III Secretion System Proteins

Ph.D.

(Nov 2013)

Science/Medical Writer, San Francisco, CA

William Walters

B.S., Univ. of Texas, Austin

Knight

Biochemistry

2008-2014

Computational Analyses of the Human Microbiome

Ph.D.

(Aug 2014)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Ruth Ley, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tubingen, Germany

Laura Johnson

B.S., Montana State Univ.

Pardi

Biochemistry

2008-2013

Dynamic Properties of Fluorescent Single-Cell Biosensors

Ph.D.

(Nov 2013)

Research Scientist, ArcherDX, Boulder, CO

Leslie Morton

B.S., Univ. of North Carolina,

Chapel Hill

Yin

Biochemistry

2008-2013

Oligomerization of LMP1 in EBV Infection

Ph.D.

(Nov 2013)

Marketing Manager, Pfizer, Global Vaccines, New York, NY

Ryan Walters

B.S., Colorado State Univ.

Goodrich/Kugel

Biochemistry

2007-2013

Mechanisms of IL2 Regulated Transcription

Ph.D.

(Dec 2013)

Vice President of Assay Development, ArcherDX, Boulder, CO

Jonathan Friedman

B.S., Washington Univ.

Voeltz

MCDB

2007-2012

Maintenance of ER Structure and Shape

Ph.D.

(Apr 2012)

Assistant Professor, Southwestern Medical Foundation Scholar, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Tyson Vonderfecht

B.S., Hope College

Winey

MCDB

2006-2012

Ca+2 EF Hand Proteins in the Tetrahymena Basal Body

Ph.D.

(Mar 2012)

Scientist II, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Carlsbad, CA

Lisa Warner

B.S., Boise State Univ

Pardi

Biochemistry

2006-2011

Structural-Function Studies of Proteins and RNA

Ph.D.

(Dec 2011)

Assistant Research Professor, Biomolecular Research Center, Boise State Univ., Boise, ID

Natalie Patzlaff

B.S., McGill Univ.

Han

MCDB

2006-2008

Fatty Acid Metabolism and Regulation of Post-embryonic Development

M.S.

(Jun 2008)

Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Pharmacology, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Pharmacologist, Project Manager, Medical Affairs, Freelance, Raleigh-Durham, NC

Ian Ross

B.S., Univ. of Notre Dame

Winey

MCDB

2006-2012

Epsilon-tubulin of Tetrahymena Basal Bodies

Ph.D.

(Oct 2012)

Senior Biosystems Applications Manager, Nikon Instruments, Seattle, WA

Douglas Chapnick

B.A., Colgate Univ.

Liu

Biochemistry

2005-2012

Regulation of Cell Migration by TGF-beta

Ph.D.

(May 2012)

Founder, BioLoomics, LLC; Boulder, CO

Timsi Rao ¥

B.S., Government PG College

Wuttke

Biochemistry

2005-2012

Structure and Function of Yeast Telomerase Proteins

Ph.D.

(Aug 2012)

Postdoctoral, Labs of Xiong Yong and Patrick Sung, Yale Univ., New Haven, CT

Xin Geng ¥

B.S., Fudan Univ.

Xue

MCDB

2005-2011

Identification of Suppressors of the Hepatitis B Virus X Proteins in C. elegans

Ph.D.

(May 2011)

Postdoctoral, Lab of Warner Green, Univ. of California, San Francisco

Jesse Zaneveld

B.S., Univ. of Oregon

Knight

Biochemistry

2005-2011

Horizontal Gene Transfer in Bacterial Signaling and Effector Proteins

Ph.D.

(Aug 2011)

Assistant Professor, Divison of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Washington, Bothell, WA

Janet McCombs

B.S., Univ. of Wisconsin

Palmer

Biochemistry

2005-2010

Localized Ca2+ Signaling: From Presenilin to Pathogen Perturbation

Ph.D.

(Nov 2010)

Assistant Professor, Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Kasey Couts (Hammond)

B.S., Valparaiso Univ.

Ahn

Biochemistry

2004-2010

Regulation of miRNA Targets by Oncogenic B-Raf Signaling

Ph.D.

(Nov 2010)

Assistant Research Professor at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

Paul Templeton

B.S., Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sousa

Biochemistry

2003-2010

Structure and Function of a Mediator of RhoA Invasion

Ph.D.

(Apr 2010)

Research Scientist, BioVision, Hayward, CA

Caleb Richter

B.S., Drake Univ.

Odorizzi

MCDB

2003-2009

Deubiquitination and Trafficking of Downregulated Growth Factor Receptors

Ph.D.

(Jan 2009)

Senior Manager, Wine Analytics and Microbiology, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA

Stacey Wagner

B.S., Lafayette College

Goodrich/Kugel

Biochemistry

2003-2009

The Role of Non-Coding RNAs in Transcription

Ph.D.

(Dec 2009)

Director, Applied Bioinformatics and Genomics Master’s Program, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene

Benjamin Barthel

B.A., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Koch

Biochemistry

2003-2008

Optimizing Doxorubicin-based Anti-cancer Therapeutics

Ph.D.

(Nov 2008)

Scientist, Biochemistry, Edgewise Therapeutics, Boulder, CO

Elizabeth Luczak (Head)

B.S., Univ. of Minnesota

Leinwand

MCDB

2003-2008

The Role of CaM Kinase Signaling in Cardiac Hypertrophy

Ph.D.

(Nov 2007)

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Catherine Lozupone

M.S., Colorado State Univ.

Knight

Biochemistry

2003-2007

Global Patterns in Microbiome Diversity

Ph.D.

(May 2007)

Asst. Professor, Dept of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine, Univ. of Colorado, Denver

Katrina Robida (Eike)

B.A., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Pace

MCDB

2003-2006

How RNase P Distinguishes Precursor and Mature tRNA

 

Self-employed with online marketing

Chandra Kilburn

B.S., Univ. of Calif. -Santa Cruz

Winey

MCDB

2003-2008

Identification of Basal Body Proteins in Tetrahymena

Ph.D.

(Jun 2008)

Research Scientist, Enology, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA

Sara Symons

M.A., Univ. of Colorado, Denver

Detweiler

MCDB

2003-2007

Tumor Targeting and Growth Suppression by S. Typhimurium

M.S.

(2007)

Medical Writer Manager, Gilead Sciences, Foster City, CA

Melissa Hausburg

B.A., Univ. of Northern Colorado

Olwin

MCDB

2002-2010

Role of Indian Hedgehog Signaling in Chick Limb Development

Ph.D.

(Oct 2010)

Molecular Biologist, Trauma Research, LLC; Denver, CO

Nisha Cavanaugh (Low-Nam)

B.A., Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Kuchta

Biochemistry

2002-2008

Mechanisms of Herpes Simplex DNA Primase and DNA Polymerase

Ph.D.

(May 2008)

Manager, Postdoctoral and Academic Programs, Sanford Burnham Institute, San Diego, CA

Kristen Barthel (Bjorkman)

B.A., St. Olaf College

Liu

Biochemistry

2001-2007

The Mechanism and Biological Function of Protein Sumoylation

Ph.D.

(Oct 2007)

Instructor/Postdoctoral, Lab of Leslie Leinwand, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

Darren Bates

B.S., Univ. of Northern Iowa

Chen

Biochemistry

2001-2007

Structural Studies of NFAT Complexes

Ph.D.

(March 2007)

Principal Scientist, Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA

Celso Espinoza

B.A., California State Univ.

Goodrich/Kugel

Biochemistry

2001-2007

Regulation of Transcription by Noncoding RNAs

Ph.D.

(July 2007)

Senior Scientist II, AbbVie, North Chicago, IL

Sunny Gilbert

B.S., Univ. of Missouri

Batey

Biochemistry

2001-2007

Structural Studies of Ligand Binding by the Purine Riboswitch

Ph.D.

(May 2007)

Senior Aliiance Manager, ArcherDx, Boulder, CO

Dianne Starrett

B.S., Richard Stockton College

Falke

MCDB

2001-2004

Mechanistic Studies of the Aspartate Receptor

M.S.

(2004)

Prof.essional Research Assistant, Lab of Volker Gerke, Univ. of Münster, Germany

Eric Holinger

B.S., Worcester Polytech. Inst.

Winey

MCDB

2000-2007

Characterization of Protein Complexes Involved in TGF-Beta Signaling

Ph.D.

(Nov 2007)

Scientist, ArcherDx, Boulder, CO

Stacy Erickson

B.S., Univ. of Minnesota

Lykke-Andersen

MCDB

2005-2012

mRNA Turnover and Gene Expression

Ph.D.

(Jun 2012)

Moved to Univ. of California, San Diego with mentor, completed Ph.D. in 2012

Manager, Global Applications and Development, Illumina, San Diego, CA

Suzanne Van Kreeveld

B.S., Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

Winey

MCDB

2000-2005

MPS1 and CDC31 Interactions

M.S.

(2005)

Univ. of Colorado Anschutz College of Nursing, Aurora, CO

Tanya Vega

B.S., Lehigh Univeristy

Kuchta

Biochemistry

2000-2002

Human Polymerase alpha-Primase Inhibition

M.S.

(2002)

Research Development Officer, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

Tami Sivy

B.S., Calvin College

Fall

Biochemistry

1999-2006

Exploration of Isoprene Release from Bacillus subtilis by Study of the Enzyme and Pathway by Which it is Produced

Ph.D.

(Feb 2006)

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saginaw Valley State Univ., University Center, MI

Elisabeth Solano (Roberts)

B.A., Colorado State Univ.

Ahn

Biochemistry

1999-2005

Regulation of Somatic Cell Mitosis by MAP Kinases

Ph.D.

(Nov 2005)

Director, Pharmaceutical Development, Quark Pharmaceuticals Inc., Boulder, CO

Tuan Nguyen

B.S., Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Goodrich/Kugel

Biochemistry

1998-2005

Synergy Between NFAT and AP-1 in Human IL-2 Activation

Ph.D.

(Dec 2005)

Postdoctoral, Univ. of Tübingen, Germany

Diane Starrett

B.S., Richard Stockton College

Falke

Biochemistry

2001-2004

Mechanistic Studies of the Aspartate Receptor

M.S.

(2004)

Professional Research Assistant, Lab of Volker Gerke, Univ. of Münster, Germany

Jason Stumpff

B.S., Eckerd College

Su

MCDB

1998-2004

The Role of Drosophila Wee1 Kinase in Cell Cycle and Checkpoint Control

Ph.D.

(Nov 2004)

Assistant Professor, Dept of Molecular Physiology &
Biophysics, Univ. of Vermont, Burlington

Michelle Emrick

B.S., Renssalaer Polytechnic Inst.

Ahn

Biochemistry

1998-2004

Characterization of Constitutively Active Mutants of ERK2

Ph.D.

(Dec 2004)

Senior Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb, CMC ICOS, Seattle, WA

James Stroud

B.S., Univ. Texas Austin

Chen

Biochemistry

1998-2003

Structural Studies of NFAT Complexes

 Ph.D.

(Dec 2003)

Assistant Research Professor, Univ. of New Mexico

Eric Jensen

B.A., St. Olaf College

Klymkowsky

MCDB

1997-2003

Regulation of Wnt Signaling by a SOX Protein

Ph.D.

(May 2003)

Assistant Research Professor, Univ. of Minnesota

Joshua Bornhorst

B.A., Grinnell College

Falke

Biochemistry

1997-2002

Structure and Mechanism of the Aspartate Receptor

Ph.D.

(Nov 2002)

Associate Professor of Pathology, Univ. of Arkansas

 

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