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Kaelan Sullivan

Short Biography

I completed my bachelor’s degree in biology at York College of Pennsylvania prior to working in Dr. Anne Moon’s lab at Geisinger Medical Center. During this time, I studied the effects of alternative RNA processing on the differentiation of the various cardiac conduction system components as well as cancer biology. Now I am pursuing my PhD at the University of Utah in the Shepherd Lab focusing on the role of the Arc Capsid in intercellular communication.

Publications

Puvvula PK, Yu Y, Sullivan KR, Eyob H, Rosenberg J, Welm A. Inhibiting an RBM39/MLL1 epigenomic regulatory complex with dominant-negative peptides disrupts cancer cell transcription and proliferation. Cell Reports 2021;35::109156. Read Article.

Guzzetta A, Koska M, Rowton M, Sullivan KR, Jacobs-Li J, Kweon J. Hedgehog–FGF signaling axis patterns anterior mesoderm during gastrulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2020;117::15712–23. Read Article.

April 21, 2021 / / - /

Junjie Xu

Short Biography

I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from Sichuan University, China. During that time, I studied the CRISPR-Cas technique and tried to extend this technique to bacteria without the non-homologous end-joining pathway, under the guidance of Prof. Hong Feng. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D in neuroscience in Shepherd Lab, where I will study more about the synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration.

September 3, 2020 / / - /

Mitali Tyagi

Short Biography

I received my B.S. in Zoology from University of Delhi, India. I then earned my M.S. in Neuroscience from Jiwaji University, India. During that time, I examined the effect of maternal malnutrition on myelination in rat cerebrum at neonatal and adulthood stages. I worked for several years validating anti aggregation effects of secondary metabolites from medicinal plants in neurodegenerative disorders at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Neuroscience in Shepherd lab, where I will study synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration.

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September 3, 2020 / / - /

Alicia Ravens

 

Short Biography

I received my B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Puget Sound. During that time, I conducted independent research examining the effect of synthetic cathinones on GnRH neurons in zebrafish under the guidance of Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Neuroscience in the Shepherd Lab, where I study dysregulation of the Arc complex, which is implicated in schizophrenia, using biochemical and behavioral approaches.

September 30, 2019 / / - /

Jenifer Einstein

Short Biography

I completed my bachelors degree in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and worked in several labs in both academia and private companies as a technician. My interest in neuroscience and examining the molecular mechanisms of learning and memory eventually led me to the Ting Lab at MIT (now at Stanford) and then to Utah and the Shepherd lab. My PhD work focuses on characterizing Activity Regulated Cytoskeletal (Arc) containing Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) and looking at how they are released from mammalian cells using in vitro and biochemical approaches. Improved understanding of Arc in this context may have implications for understanding and treating cognitive disease states, including diseases such as autism and Alzheimer’s.

Publications

Yu, Y., Li, Z., Rizzo, N., Einstein, J., and Welte, M. Targeting the motor regulator Klar to lipid droplets. BMC Cell Biology. 2011 Feb 4; 12: 9. Read Article

August 1, 2017 / / - /