Welcome to our new graduate students!

Max Frenkel and Bo Peng, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) students, have joined the lab to pursue their PhD. Welcome to the family!

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Elizabeth Thompson and Eden Zewdie graduated with their Bachelors degrees from UW-Madison! Congratulations! Elizabeth will spend a gap year in the lab working as a research intern, and Eden will begin a PhD program at UNC in the fall!

Darcie is a recipient of a Shaw Scientist Award

Darcie is a recipient of a Shaw Scientist Award from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The Foundation’s annual Shaw Scientist Program supports early career investigators seeking promising solutions in biochemistry, biological sciences and cancer research. The awards began in 1982 thanks to a $4.3 million bequest from Dorothy Shaw, widow of James Shaw, a prominent Milwaukee attorney. In addition to $2 million in special grants, the Shaws’ fund has awarded nearly $15 million in grants to 78 scientists from UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee since its creation. An advisory panel with scientists representing major U.S. research institutions recommends the winners.


Darcie is awarded a DP2 NIH New Innovator Award

Darcie was awarded one of 58 NIH New Innovator Awards for 2018. This award, from the NIH Common Fund, provides funding to extraordinarily creative scientists proposing highly innovative research to address major challenges in biomedical science. The grants are part of the NIH High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which supports ideas with potential for great impact in biomedical research from across the broad scope of the NIH.

“This program supports exceptionally innovative researchers who have the potential to transform the biomedical field,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, established in 2007, supports unusually innovative research from early career investigators who are within 10 years of their final degree or clinical residency and have not yet received a research project grant or equivalent NIH grant.



Welcome to our New undergraduates!

Welcome to Katrina and Murt as Undergraduate Research Scholars working in the lab! They will be supervised by Tiaira Porter.

Welcome to our new Research Intern!

Carol Xu joins us as a Research Intern for a year after finishing her undergraduate degree here at UW-Madison in the spring.  She previously worked with Jenya Grinblat in zebrafish. 

Welcome Carol!