Doisy Scholars

Haley Carlson
Haley Carlson
3rd Year Graduate Student
Mentor: David Ford

Haley obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry from the College of Saint Scholastica in northern Minnesota.

Haley’s current research project involves studying proteomic changes resulting from chlorolipid treatment of human cells.

In her free time, Haley likes to play Animal Crossing, read, and walk around outside.

Mary Chen
Mary Chen
7th Year Graduate Student
Mentor: Ángel Baldán

Mary obtained her B.S. in Molecular Toxicology from UC Berkeley and her Masters in Public Health from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Mary’s research interests revolve around lipid and cholesterol metabolism, especially pertaining to the mechanisms of diet-induced diseases (i.e., NAFLD/NASH and atherosclerosis) and the pleiotropic effects of statins.

Outside of the lab, Mary’s hobbies include camping and backpacking, and an unhealthy obsession with cats.

Amelia Fox
Amelia Fox
2nd Year Graduate Student
Mentor: Fran Sverdrup

Amelia obtained her B.S. in Biology from Murray State University in Kentucky.

Amelia’s research project is focused on investigating the p38 regulatory components involved in differentiation dependent DUX4 activation in Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

Outside of the lab, Amelia enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Matt Jellinek
Matthew Jellinek
3rd Year Graduate Student
Mentor: David Ford

Matt graduated from Rockhurst University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Music.

Matt’s thesis project focuses on investigating the role of very long chain plasmalogens in the function of neutrophils.

In his free time, Matt enjoys singing with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, hiking, and brewing his own beer.

Cassie Kukla
Cassandra Kukla
3rd Year Graduate Student
Mentor: Enrico Di Cera

Cassie received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Saint Louis University. After graduation, she worked in the Tavis lab in the MMI department for one year as a lab technician, before joining the Biomedical Sciences Core program.

Cassie’s research focuses on the structural enzymology of coagulation factors and their complexes. Currently, she studies the role of the catalytic Ser in allostery.

When not in the lab, Cassie enjoys riding her bike in Tower Grove Park, cooking, and trying new restaurants in the St. Louis area.

Sahiti Kuppa
Sahiti Kuppa
4th Year Graduate Student
Mentor: Edwin Antony

Sahiti is originally from India and moved to Saint Louis in 2019 from Marquette University along with the Antony lab.

Sahiti’s research focuses on exploring the function of a crucial Replication Protein A and unraveling its role in maintaining genomic stability, oncology.

Apart from science, Sahiti serves as a BMB department representative in the Graduate Student Association and as a member of the conference and professional awards committee.

Reagan McGuffee
Reagan McGuffee
2nd Year M.D./Ph.D. Student
Mentor: David Ford

Reagan obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Reagan’s research project involves investigating potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant roles of plasmalogens, particularly in the setting of sepsis.

Other than research, Reagan enjoys hiking, fishing, and making stained glass art.

Jenny Redington
Jenny Redington
6th Year Graduate Student
Mentor: Sergey Korolev

Jenny received her B.S. in Chemistry from Shorter University. She also received an M.S. degree in Molecular Medicine from the University of South Florida.

Jenny’s project centers around PALB2, which is an important scaffolding protein involved in DNA double-strand break repair. Their lab has found that not only can PALB2 bind to DNA, but it is also capable of performing strand exchange, a reaction essential to non-mutagenic repair. Jenny is investigating the mechanism behind how PALB2 binds DNA and performs strand exchange.

Jenny’s hobbies include books, puzzles, hiking, and swimming.

Shubha Shakya
Shubha Shakya
7th Year Graduate Student
Mentor: David Ford

Shubha received her M.S. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Shubha’s research project is entitled “The inflammatory lipid, 2-chloro fatty aldehyde: Conjugation with proteins, cell toxicity and potential scavenger protection.”

In her free time, Shubha loves to spend time with her daughters as well as doing arts and crafts with them.

Barbara Teodoro Castro
Barbara Teodoro Castro
2nd Year Graduate Student
Mentor: Susana Gonzalo

Barbara obtained both her B.S. in Biochemistry and M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Brazil.

Barbara’s research interests focus on investigating the impact of progerin expression on telomere stability and inflammation.

In her free time, Barbara loves spending time with family, especially with her daughter, and walking outside.

Rachel Weiss
Rachel Weiss
2nd Year Graduate Student
Mentor: Kyle McCommis

Rachel obtained her B.S. in Molecular Biology from Loyola University-Chicago.

Rachel’s current research is focused on determining the connection between glycogen accumulation and cardiac hypertrophy.

Outside of lab, Rachel enjoys reading, volunteering at the animal shelter, and spending time outside.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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