Jillian Pearring, PhD

Principal Investigator

Postdoctoral Fellow with Vadim Arshavsky, Duke University

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Louisville

BA in Biology, Boston University

Enjoys going to baseball games, a good cup of coffee and biking to work




Amanda Travis, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD in Pharmacology, Duke University

BA in Biology, University of Colorado-Boulder

Enjoys basketball and obsessively researching something new every couple weeks


Jorge Martínez-Márquez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan

Post-Baccaulaureate Research Education Program, UNC-Chapel Hill

BS in Biology, University of Puerto Rico

Enjoys basketball and video games


Hanh Truong

Graduate Student, Cellular and Molecular Biology

BS from University of California-Santa Cruz

Enjoys making yogurt and playing with her 9 week old kitten


Nafisa Nuzhat

Graduate Student, Cell and Developmental Biology 

BS in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan 

Enjoys photography, globe trotting and pampering her cat Basirah


Molly Naylor, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan

BS in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Drake University

Enjoys cooking (not baking) and taking extra long walks with her stubborn dog Sunny


Jason Willer

Senior Laboratory Specialist

BFA in Photography, University of Louisville

Research Analyst II for Nicholas Katsanis PhD, Duke University

Research Technician for Ron Gregg PhD, University of Louisville

Enjoys NCAA Basketball, collecting records and listening to funk in the lab 


Samiya Manocha

Undergraduate Research 

Pursuing a BS in Biology and Economics

Enjoys reading, playing the piano and board games with friends

Sandy Hua

Undergraduate Research 

Pursuing a BS in Chemistry

Enjoys running and baking

Stephanie Wei

Undergraduate Research 

Pursuing a BS in Math and German

Enjoys baking, origami and trying to keep her plants alive 

Trevor Ziehm

Undergraduate Research 

Pursuing a BS in Neuroscience

Enjoys playing lacrosse, card games and hiking 

Lab Alumni

Julia Woodson

Undergraduate Research

Fatima Kassem

Masters Student, MCDB

Current Graduate Student at McGill University

Riley O'Keefe

Undergraduate Research

Karen Hug

Research Lab Associate

Current Graduate Student at UC-Santa Cruz

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