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!



max frenkel

B.S. Chemistry and Biology, Harvey Mudd College

Lab member since 2019

I am a fourth year MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program starting my PhD in the Cellular and Molecular Biology program. I am broadly interested in the seemingly disparate fields of neuro-oncology and complex congenital heart diseases. I’m fascinated by the intersection between normal development and (primary CNS) cancer; by dissecting normal neurodevelopmental processes I hope to better understand how those same processes are co-opted and dysregulated in neurologic pathologies such as cancer. When I’m not in the lab or the hospital, I enjoy golfing and playing tennis.



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.



Bo peng

B.S Biology, minor in Chemistry, Duke University

Lab member since 2019

My name is Bo, and currently I am a MD/PhD candidate, completing my PhD in the Cell and Molecular Biology program. I have lived in many placed before coming to Wisconsin, including China, Israel, NC, and DC, but my home base in the States is in Frederick, MD. When I am not in lab I would prefer to be reading, golfing, painting, or cooking. There was a distinct moment in time when I found my passion for science, and that was when I was really challenged to think outside the box for a novel project I was working on. That passion hasn’t changed since that moment because I realized that science both satiates my thirst for knowledge and indulges my passion for creativity.




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.


Research interns


Elizabeth thompson

B.S. Neurobiology with Honors, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.

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.



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

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

Lab member 2018-2019 (research intern)

Now: PhD program Gerstner Sloan Kettering

Eden Zewdie: B.S. Pharmacology and Toxicology/Certificate in Business

Lab member 2017-2019 (undergraduate)

Now: PhD program at University of North Carolina

Murt Jatoi

Lab member since 2018-2019

Major: Neurobiology with Honors and Economics