Lab members


Darcie L. Moore

Ph.D Neuroscience, University of Miami (Jeffrey Goldberg lab)

Postdoc, ETH Zurich/University of Zurich (Sebastian Jessberger lab)

Darcie gets excited about connecting the dots in science, discovering new things, taking beautiful images, teaching, and getting to name another piece of equipment after a “Lord of the Rings” character. 


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lab manager extraordinaire

kayla ako-asare

B.S. Biology, Denison University

M.S. Molecular Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine

Lab member since 2016

In the Moore lab, I provide support to Dr. Moore, supervise the students, and manage the everyday activities and needs of the lab. What excites me about science is with each new discovery (be it small or great), as researchers, we are the first to learn of the new finding before it leaves the lab bench and is shared with the rest of the world. This interest in science bloomed during my childhood and has grown over the years. When not in lab, I love to bake, attempt DIY projects, and occasionally curl up with a classic novel!



chris morrow

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Dayton

Lab member since 2017

Chris is a PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Training Program. He grew up in Cincinnati, OH and completed a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH before coming to Wisconsin. Science is most exciting to Chris when it has more direct ties to human health and wellness. In his spare time you may find Chris adventuring, playing the guitar, or brewing beer.




B.S. Physiology, Northern Michigan University

Lab member since 2017

My name is Tiaira, and I'm a graduate student in the Physiology program. I'm from Woodhaven, Michigan - a little suburb outside of Detroit. When I'm not in lab, I enjoy seeing live music, hiking, cooking, and I'm also a fan of happy hour. What excites me most about science is that much of it is an enigma - we as scientists possess the curiosity to uncover the inner workings of the world surrounding us. Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best - "A scientist is just a kid who never grew up."



Helen jieun heo

Double Major:  Molecular Biology and Neurobiology with Honors

Lab member since 2016

Hello! My name is Jieun and I am originally from Whitefish Bay, WI. I am fascinated by the ability to analyze organisms at the molecular level and apply this knowledge to the macro level. Science is a field of continuously expanding knowledge, and it is such a pleasure to be able to participate in this search for a higher understanding of our world. Outside of studying, I am a violinist, an editor for an undergraduate STEM research journal, and an active member of the Asian American community on campus! I'm also a soccer fan who loves traveling!


Katrina hunt

Major:  Neurobiology with Honors

Lab member since 2018

Hi, my name is Katrina. I am from Chippewa Falls, WI. I am interested in studying Neurobiology and Psychology. I love learning about how organisms function on the molecular level as well as why people behave the way they do. I love learning, and I’m thrilled to be a part of a lab that allows me to challenge myself on a new level. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog and family, baking, and being outdoors. I also like volunteering at animal shelters.


murt jatoi

Major:  Neurobiology with Honors and Economics

Lab member since 2018

Hello! My name is Murtaza, or Murt for short. Before I moved to Madison to attend the University, I lived in a small town in Illinois about 200 miles south of Chicago. When I get a free second, you can probably catch me playing FIFA, watching football, or sleeping 'til noon. I'm drawn to Science and all the cool things going on in Moore lab mainly because I personally can't stand unanswered questions. Any project aimed at explaining the inner-workings of a seemingly magical system is a project I can get excited about.


Elizabeth thompson

Major:  Neurobiology with Honors

Lab member since 2016

Hi there! My name is Elizabeth, and I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, before my family moved to Wisconsin. In addition to studying endlessly, I love hot yoga, date night, and organizing my life. I am also passionate about science because of the endless applications it can have in our daily lives. Science has the power to affect anyone and everyone and being a part of that is extraordinary. I also love nerding out and being surrounded by others who do the same.



Major:  Pharmacology and Toxicology/Certificate in Business

Lab member since 2017

Hey, I'm Eden. I'm originally from Ethiopia, but I've lived in different countries throughout my life. Besides traveling, I love reading, and anything that relates to music. School-wise, science has always been my passion. I see it as a way to find answers to the questions we have about life and nature. Anything I can do to further our understanding of this world is what I'm most interested in.


Research interns

zachary arndt

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Lab member since 2019

Hi, I'm Zach! I grew up in Appleton, WI and went to UW-Eau Claire where I graduated with a degree in Biochemistry in 2018. I get excited about science because it gives us the chance to be curious and search for answers that might lead to a better, healthier world. Outside of the lab you can find me playing soccer, rooting for the best team in the NBA (the Milwaukee Bucks), or re-watching episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. 

carol xu

B.S. Genetics and Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lab member since 2018

My name is Carol and I am a research intern. I am from Nanjing, China and I recently received my undergraduate degree in Genetics and Neurobiology in UW-Madison. The microscopic world excites me, and it is thrilling to be a part of the effort that expands our knowledge in human bodies. Outside the lab, you can most frequently find me in various museums, dimly lit bookstores, or farmers’ markets munching on sunflower shoots.



Emma Neale : B.S. Genetics, Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural and Life Sciences  Lab member 2016-2017 (undergraduate)  Now: Clinical Research Analyst (PFS Clinical, Madison)

Emma Neale: B.S. Genetics, Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural and Life Sciences

Lab member 2016-2017 (undergraduate)

Now: Clinical Research Analyst (PFS Clinical, Madison)

Michael Bray   Lab member 2016-2017 (undergraduate)  Now: Music major

Michael Bray

Lab member 2016-2017 (undergraduate)

Now: Music major

Kailee Kujawski

Lab member 2016-2018 (undergraduate)

Now: Science Communications Major