Lab Alumni

 

Taylor Hobbs, 2019-2020

Taylor made contributions to two projects related to the regulation of oligodendrocyte process dynamics and synaptic vesicle localization. She presented two posters at SFN 2019. Taylor is currently preparing for medical school. 

John Henke, 2018-20

John led studies on the role of neurofilament expression in controlling axon diameter and also contributed to several other projects. He presented his work at ASCB 2018 and SFN 2019. John is currently preparing for a career in health care.

Katrina Pfaffenbach, 2019-20

Katrina established new acquisition and analysis methods for the study of pre-myelinating oligodendrocyte process dynamics. She presented her project at SFN 2019 and is currently finishing her capstone research paper prior to anticipated graduation in 2021.

Taryn Mallon, 2017-19

Taryn transformed the lab's time-lapse investigations and data analysis of oligodendroctye-axon interactions. She presented her project on pre-myelinating oligodendrocyte-axon interactions at the 2018 ASCB-EMBO conference.

Emily Menges, 2016-19

Emily presented her project on MAG in axon selection and oligodendrocyte-axon interactions at the 2018 ASCB-EMBO conference. Earlier during her undergraduate research tenure, she completed a project on hindbrain patterning. Emily is currently a DPT student at the University of Iowa.

Tom Eggers, 2016-18

Tom advanced a collaborative research project on spinal cord injury and axon regeneration. Tom graduated in 2018 and is pursuing medical school.

Rachael Sawyer, 2017-18

Rachael contributed to a myelination project. She also became a skilled microinjector and helped by testing new plasmids and injecting embryos to make new transgenic lines. Rachael graduated in spring 2018 and is pursuing PA school.

Cassie Flachs, 2017-18

Cassie advanced a project on mechanisms of myelin sheath growth and stabilization. Cassie graduated in 2018 and will work in Dr. Shizen Zhu's lab at Mayo Clinic and ultimately aspires to become a genetic counselor.

Hunter Sevenich, 2017-18

Hunter advanced techniques and experiments using primary culture of OPCs from zebrafish embryos. Hunter graduated in 2018 and enters graduate school for Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences in Fall 2018.

Victoria Carpenter. 2016-17

Victoria characterized the behavioral changes associated with loss of syt1a in zebrafish larvae. 

Samantha Lang 2016-17

Sam contributed to lab findings on myelin plasticity and axon-oligodendrocyte interactions.

Allie Trudel, 2015-17

Allie pioneered work on manipulating axon diameter and contributed to numerous additional projects. Allie was one of the original fab-five founding members of the lab. She presented her findings at the 2015 and 2016 Society for Neuroscience conferences.Allie entered University of North Dakota medical school in 2017.

Maddy Martell, 2015-17

Maddy spearheaded work on synaptic vesicle localization, myelin sheath pruning, and contributed to numerous other projects. Maddy was one of the original fab-five founding members of the lab.  She presented her findings at the 2015 and 2016 Society for Neuroscience conferences. Maddy worked as a research assistant at the Mayo Clinic and enters Medical School at the Medical School of Wisconsin (MCW) in Fall '18.

Scott Steele, 2015-2017

Scott pioneered work on F-actin in axon varicosities and also contributed to the discovery that axons and oligodendrocytes form preferential interactions at axon varicosities. He also acquired captured the first sheath initiation on a GFP-labeled axon on our spinning disk!  He presented his findings at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience conference. Scott begins graduate school at Brock University (Ontario) in Fall '18.

Erin Dankert, 2016-17

Erin made key discoveries on myelin plasticity. She presented her findings at the 2017 Society for Developmental Biology conference in summer 2017.  Erin is currently working as a research assistant at the Mayo Clinic. She begins a dual degree program in Medicine and Master of Health Care Administration at Des Moines University in Summer '18.

Heather Nelson, 2015-17

Heather initiated the myelin plasticity project in the lab and adapted the spinal cord injury approach to study adaptive myelination. She presented her findings at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience and 2017 Society for Developmental Biology conferences. After graduation Heather worked as a medical scribe and research technician at the Univerity of Minnesota, and returned to the lab as research analyst in 2019.

Bailey Duxbury, 2015-2017

Bailey perfected time-lapse microscopy on our spinning disk confocal and made the initial discovery that oligodendrocytes preferentially interact with axon varicosities. Bailey was one of the original fab-five founding members of the lab. Bailey entered Michigan Tech graduate school in 2017.

A.J. Treichel, 2015-17

A.J. developed the zebrafish neuron-oligodendrocyte co-culture system and contributed to numerous projects. He presented his findings at the 2015 and 2016 Society for Neuroscience conferences as well as the 2017 Society for Developmental Biology conference. A.J. was one of the original fab-five founding members of the lab. A.J. is currently working as a research assistant at the Mayo Clinic.

Nick Becker, 2015-16

Nick cloned, injected, and successfully overexpressed intermediate filament genes from zebrafish cDNA.  Nick pioneeered PCR and gateway cloning techniques and protocols in the lab. Nick is pursuing PA school.

Corey Mikorski, 2016

Corey identified morphogens that participate in development of pitx2C+ neurons in the larval zebrafish midbrain. This research was a successful extension of pilot studies initiated in the Experimental Embryology course.

Heather Torkelson, 2016

Heather identified morphogens that participate in development of sox10+ glial cells in the larval zebrafish spinal cord. This research was a successful extension of pilot studies initiated in the Experimental Embryology course.

Mariah Robran, 2016

Mariah identified morphogens that participate in development of phox2B+ neurons in the larval zebrafish hindbrain. This research was a successful extension of pilot studies initiated in the Experimental Embryology course.

Cyril Thompson, 2015-2016

Cyril performed time-lapse microscopy and showed great persistence with quantitative image analysis. Cyril made some foundational discoveries on axon ensheathent sites during myelination.

Mandie Kaiser, 2015-2016

Mandie was one of the original five research students that joined the lab in January 2015. Mandie worked on two different projects during her tenure in the lab and presented her findings at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, IL. Mandie begins Pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota in Fall '18.

Malory Owens, 2015-2016

Malory worked on axon guidance project in the zebrafish spinal cord in a collaborative project with Dr. John Henley at the Mayo Clinic. Her work identified signal transduction mechanisms involved in commisural axon guidance.