Current Trainees

Our QCB training program now features 21 current students in training in 17 different QCB trainer laboratories, working toward Ph.D. degrees in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Cell, Molecular, and Cancer Biology.


Kristen Alanis

My research focuses on understanding and mimicking cellular communication through ion channels.

Fun Fact: I have run two half marathons.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Baker

Undergrad Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Brooke Brown

Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Clemmer

Undergrad Institution: Baylor University


Julie Button

My research focuses on studying the role of electrostatic interactions during alphavirus nucleocapsid assembly.

Fun Fact: I played flute for 9 years.


Degree Program: Biochemistry

Lab: Mukhopadhyay

Undergrad Institution: WVU


Emily Erdmann

My research focuses on the role of ADARs (Adenosine Deaminases that Act on RNA) and Adenosine-to-Inosine RNA editing in the germline of C. elegans.

Fun Fact: I love cooking and baking.


Degree Program: Biology

Lab: Hundley

Undergrad Institution: Illinois Wesleyan University


Rachel Fadler

My research focuses on developing effective strategies to create functional molecules and materials based on phosphate recognition.

Fun Fact: I play the flute in the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Flood

Undergrad Institution: Kalamazoo College


Abigail Garrett

My research focuses on the intersection of metabolism and cell wall synthesis in Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Fun Fact: I have climbed Mt. Fuji and have danced for 20+ years.


Degree Program: Microbiology

Lab: Winkler

Undergrad Institution: Bucknell University


Jessie Gudorf

My research focuses on the synthesis of a small molecule library to aid in computational modeling for drug design.

Fun Fact: I love dogs.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: VanNieuwenhze

Undergrad Institution: University of Southern Indiana


Kelly Hartsough

My research focuses on polyploid contributions to genome instability.

Fun Fact: I have been running track for 10 years and now do marathons.


Degree Program: Cell, Molecular, and Cancer Biology

Lab: Walczak

Undergrad Institution: Penn State


JB Holmes

My research focuses on simulations of light-matter interactions with bio-inspired, self-assembled nanostructures and ultrafast spectroscopy.

Fun Fact: Before attending grad school, I worked as a choreographer/instructor at a competitive dance studio in Houston, TX (Masters the Upper Level) and set pieces for many professional dance companies/teams around the nation.


Degree Program: Physics (Biophysics track)

Lab: Dragnea

Undergraduate Institution: Houston Baptist University


Matthew Jordan

My research focuses on investigating metallochaperones in s. aureus.

Fun Fact: I am a nephew of both Michael Jordan and J. Cole.


Degree Program: Biochemistry

Lab: Giedroc

Undergrad Institution: Manchester University


Mallory Kern

My research focuses on automated solution phase synthesis.

Fun Fact: I'm a proud cat mom.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Pohl

Undergrad Institution: Lycoming College


Ria Kidner

My research focuses on cell signaling mechanisms in the unicellular protozoan Capsaspora owczarzaki and its link to the parasitic disease schistosomiasis.

Fun Fact: I love rock hounding and lapidary.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Gerdt

Undergrad Institution: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology


Lily Klapper

My research focuses on the synthesis of biologically relevant molecules.

Fun Fact: I've played ice hockey since I was 4 years old.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: VanNieuwenhze

Undergrad Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Brigham Pope

My research focuses on creating optical traps inside microfluidic devices and using them for bio-particle trapping, sorting, and directing. We hypothesize that we can create these optical traps using extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through subwavelength apertures in a metal film.

Fun Fact: I love to cook for my wife and daughter. It's like chemistry I can eat. I grew up watching cooking shows that focus on the science behind food and cooking. So if this Ph.D. doesn't work out, look for me on Iron Chef.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Jacobson

Undergrad Institution: Brigham Young University


Stephen Ratvasky

My research focuses on the development of anticancer metallodrugs capable of spatiotemporally controlled therapeutic radical generation. Piggybacking triggerable ligand-based radical generation with metal-based antitumor reactivity has the potential to give metallodrugs with higher potency that can be administered at lower doses than those currently used in the clinic."

Fun Fact: I have three pet rats, two of which are named after a pair of Nobel prize-winning organic chemists famous for exploring cycloaddition reactions.  Can you guess who?


Degree Program: Inorganic Chemistry

Lab: Zaleski

Undergraduate Institution: Duquesne University


Francis Roushar

My research focuses on understading the molecular basis for membrane protein misfolding diseases.

Fun Fact: As an undergrad I worked for 2 competing coffee shops.


Degree Program: Chemical Biology

Lab: Schlebach

Undergrad Institution: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Liam Scott

My research focuses on protein superstructure design and analysis, with focuses in physical virology and biophotonics.

Fun Fact: I have a pet gecko.


Degree Program: Biochemistry

Lab: Dragnea

Undergrad Institution: Montana State University


Ekaterina Selivanovitch

My research focuses on the development of nanotechnology using virus-like particles.

Fun Fact: I do not like ice cream.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Douglas

Undergrad Institution: St. Francis College, St. John's University


Brady Strittmatter

My research focus is the role of oncogene ERG in prostate cancer

Fun Fact: I am a member of the Biology/Biochemistry intramural basketball team - The BioBallers


Degree Program: Biochemistry

Lab: Hollenhorst Laboratory

Undergrad Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Brenna Walsh

My research focuses on understanding sulfide homeostasis and regulation in human pathogen enterococcus faecalis

Fun Fact: I was a dancer for 15 years.


Degree Program: Chemical Biology

Lab: Giedroc

Undergrad Institution: James Madison University


Yasmine Zubi

My research focuses on engineering and characterizing artificial metalloenzymes.

Fun Fact: I've played French Horn for over 10 years.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Lewis

Undergrad Institution: University of Virginia