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


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


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


Allan Gramillo

My research focuses on investigating the phosphate starvation response and its role on biofilm formation in the plant pathogen Agrobacterium tumafaciens.

Fun Fact: I started the wave at Dodger stadium.


Degree Program: Microbiology

Lab: Fuqua

Undergrad Institution: California State University - LA


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


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


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


Renee Kinne

My research focuses on the role of phase separation and disordered domains in oncogenic transcriptional co-activators.

Fun Fact: My favorite movie Shrek


Degree Program: Cell, Molecular, and Cancer Biology

Lab: Hollenhorst

Undergrad Institution: Michigan State University


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


Patrick Laughlin

My research focuses on the structure and assembly of SARS-Cov-2 Nucleocapsid protein.

Fun Fact: I love skiing, gardening, and birdwatching.


Degree Program: Biochemistry

Lab: Zlotnick

Undergrad Institution: Indiana University Bloomington


Averi McFarland

My research focuses on protein interactions, structure-function, and dynamics necessary for cell wall synthesis in the pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Fun Fact: I had a dislocated clavicle for 5 months that was repositioned using a cadaver ligament. I have yet to break a bone though.


Degree Program: Microbiology

Lab: Winkler

Undergrad Institution: Idaho State University


Morgan Nyman

My research focuses on developing and understanding cancer therapeutics that specifically target diseased tissue inhibiting one-carbon metabolism, and more specifically purine synthesis pathway, within the cell.

Fun Fact: I am a big fan of Jurassic Park.


Degree Program: Chemistry

Lab: Dann

Undergrad Institution: Gannon University


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


Hunter Richman

My research focuses on macrophage phagosome maturation.

Fun Fact: I play Magic the Gathering


Degree Program: Materials Chemistry

Lab: Yu

Undergrad Institution: Indiana University - South Bend


Caitlin Roof

My research focuses on the utilization of a tryptophan repressor (TrpR) biosensor that generates green fluorescence protein (GFP) in response to halogenated tryptophan that allows me to detect improved catalytic activity in the directed evolution of Flavin Dependent Halogenases.

Fun Fact: I have two sons who were born over a decade apart.


Degree Program: Analytical Chemistry

Lab: Lewis

Undergrad Institution: Indiana University


Austin Tedman

My research focuses on protein quality control mechanisms.

Fun Fact: Folk Punk and forest walks for life!


Degree Program: Biochemistry

Lab: Schlebach

Undergrad Institution: University of California LA


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