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Current Lab Personnel


Christopher Phiel

Hometown – Columbia, PA
B.S. – Ursinus College 1988-1992
Ph.D. – Thomas Jefferson University 1993-1998
Postdoctoral Fellowship – University of Pennsylvania and HHMI 1998-2003

Professional Research Assistant

Laura Sedivy


Hometown – La Habra, CA
B.S. – University of Colorado Denver 2014
Major – Biology, with Certificate in Biotechnology

M.S. Students

Katie Kilpatrick

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Hometown – Fort Smith, AR
B.S. – Hendrix College 2009-2013
Major – Environmental Biology
Minor – Religious Studies
Expected M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology 2018


Harmony Matshik Dakafay


Hometown – Likasi, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
B.S. – University of Colorado Denver 2013
Major – Biology


Sanju Garimella

Sanju photo

Hometown – Centennial, CO
B.A./B.S.-M.D. student
Expected B.S. in Biology
Minors in Chemistry and Leadership Studies

Tiffany Vu


Hometown – Jersey City, NJ
Expected B.S. in Biology

Samantha Rovno


Hometown – Pacifica, CA
Expected B.S. in Biology

Matthew Mitchell


Hometown – Boulder, CO
Expected B.S. in Biology

Olivia Rodbard


Hometown – Kalamazoo, MI
B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University
Expected B.S. in Biology from University of Colorado Denver


Notable Previous Lab Personnel

Anthony Popkie, Ph.D. – currently at Rubicon Genomics

Jessi Buescher, Ph.D. – currently Regulatory Compliance Officer at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Leigh Zeidner – currently owner of Leigh Zeidner Pictures

Tony D’Ippolito – currently in Ph.D. program at Duke University

Colleen Bartman – currently in Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Sravya Kattula – currently in Ph.D. program at the University of North Carolina

Hanna Kozlowski – currently in M.S. program at Johns Hopkins University

Jenni Egelston, M.S. – currently working as research specialist at The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

Kelsie Faulds, M.S. – currently BioDesign director at Inworks

Hayes Arnold, M.S. – currently a research assistant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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