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Our Alumni are Scientific Leaders

Graduate School alumni are achieving great success in the field of biology around the world as they pursue careers in academia, research, and industry.

Alumni Voices

Kobe Yuen

2016 Graduate

The Stowers Graduate School was instrumental in preparing for my position at Genentech. I gained skills in bioinformatics and genomics analysis, which greatly facilitated the transition into my postdoc position in which I am analyzing a large amount of genomic data to study disease mechanisms and drug responses.

Graduate School Alumni

NameThesis MentorThesis Thesis
Defense
Date
First
Post-Graduate
Position
Alex Rodriguez
Gama, Ph.D.
Randal Halfmann, Ph.D.Functional protein supersaturation
enables innate immune cell fate
determination
September
2022
 
Viraj Doddihal, Ph.D.Alejandro Sánchez
Alvarado, Ph.D.
Functional integration of body
axes during animal regeneration
August
2022
 
Ahmet Karabulut, Ph.D.Matthew Gibson, Ph.D.Molecular genetic analysis of cnidocyte
development and function in the sea
anemone, Nematostella vectensis
June
2022
Postgraduate Researcher,
Stowers Institute,
Kansas City, MO
Qiushuang Wu, Ph.D.Ariel Bazzini, Ph.D.Function of ribosome to regulate
gene expression in vertebrates
May
2022

Postdoctoral Researcher,
Rockefeller University,
New York, NY

José López
Hernández, Ph.D.
SaraH Zanders, Ph.D.Spread and extinction of poison-
antidote wtf meiotic drivers
May
2022
Postdoctoral Researcher,
University of Chicago,
Chicago, IL
Wei-Ting Yueh, Ph.D.Jennifer Gerton, Ph.D.The Role of Cohesin in Genome
Maintenance in Oocytes and
Early Embryonic Development
December
2021
Postgraduate Researcher,
Stowers Institute,
Kansas City, MO
Karla Terrazas, Ph.D.Paul Trainor, Ph.D.RNA Polymerase I mediated rRNA
transcription is tissue-specifically
required and regulated during
mammalian craniofacial development
and disease
September
2021
Life Sciences
Project Manager,
Skilled KC,
Kauffman Foundation,
Kansas City, MO
Yanfeng He, Ph.D.Joan Conaway, Ph.D.
and
Ron Conaway, Ph.D.
Elongin functions as a loading factor for
Mediator at ATFα-regulated ER stress
response genes
August
2021
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute,
Boston, MA
Soon-Keat
Ooi, Ph.D.
Joan Conaway, Ph.D.
and
Ron Conaway, Ph.D.
Multiple roles for PARP1 in ALC1
dependent nucleosome remodeling
May
2021
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Fox Chase
Cancer Center,
Philadelphia, PA
Zachary Lee, Ph.D.Matthew Gibson, Ph.D.In vivo phosphoproteomics uncovers
novel requirements for proteins in
epithelial growth and division
December
2020
Scientist, Biologics,
Catalent,
Kansas City, MO
Shuonan He, Ph.D.Matthew Gibson, Ph.D.A cnidarian perspective on the
evolution of body segmentation
and segment polarity
May
2021
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA
Irina Pushel, Ph.D.Robb Krumlauf, Ph.D.The role of Hoxa2 in specifying the
axial identity of mouse cranial neural
crest cells
March
2021
Senior Bioinformatic
Scientist,
Children’s Mercy Hospital,
Kansas City, MO
Darrick Hansen, Ph.D.Linheng Li, Ph.D.Characterization of the Stem Cell Niche
and Reserve Stem Cells in the Intestinal
Epithelium
December
2020

Postgraduate Researcher,
Stowers Institute,
Kansas City, MO

Cheng-Yi Chen, Ph.D.Matthew Gibson, Ph.D.The Involvement of Hh Signaling,
vasa and nanos in Germline
Development of the Sea
Anemone Nematostella vectensis
December
2020
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Farrell Lab,
NIH/NICHD,
Bethesda, MD
Xingyu Liu, Ph.D.Jerry Workman, Ph.D.A Novel Affinity Purification Method
for Mass Spectrometry Based Protein
Complexes Studies: Serial Capture
Affinity Purification (SCAP)
November
2020
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Washington University,
St. Louis, MO
Cassandra Kempf, Ph.D.Michael Washburn, Ph.D.
and
Jerry Workman, Ph.D.
Characterization of MHAP1 as a novel
component of MIER1 histone deacetylase
complexes
November
2020
Scientist LCMS,
Catalent,
Kansas City, MO
Dayebgadoh
Gerald, Ph.D.
Jerry Workman, Ph.D.Quantitative Interaction Proteomic
Strategies for WDR76 and HP1
Annotation
October
2020
Postgraduate Researcher,
Stowers Institute,
Kansas City, MO
Nicole Nuckolls, Ph.D.SaraH Zanders, Ph.D.Characterization of the ultra-selfish
wtf
meiotic drivers
August
2020
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Julia Cooper Lab,
University of Colorado,
Aurora, CO
Elisabeth Bauerly, Ph.D.Matthew Gibson, Ph.D.

Deciphering the interplay between
ciliogenesis and cellular development
using microtubule associated proteins
during spermatogenesis

June
2020
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Prachee Avasthi Lab,
Dartmouth,
Hanover, NH
Jelly Soffers, Ph.D.Jerry Workman, Ph.D.A characterization of the composition
and gene-regulatory functions of SAGA
-related complexes during Drosophila
development
June
2020
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA
María Angélica
Bravo Núñez, Ph.D.
SaraH Zanders, Ph.D.The role of meiotic drivers on
infertility and the evolution of
the chromosome segregation
machinery
March
2020
Postdoctoral Fellow,
Andrew Murray’s Lab,
Harvard University,
Boston, MA
Joaquín Navajas
Acedo, Ph.D.
Tatjana Piotrowski, Ph.D.Dissecting the role of the Planar
Cell Polarity (PCP) and Wnt
signaling pathways during the
establishment of hair cell orientation
in zebrafish.
December
2019
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Alexander F. Schier Lab,
Biozentrum,
University of Basel,
Basel, Switzerland
Raquel Barajas
Azpeleta, Ph.D.
Kausik Si, Ph.D.Modulation of Nervous
System Functions: A Surprising
Role for Antimicrobial Peptides
October
2019
Postdoctoral Research
Scholar,
Ribeiro Lab,
Champalimaud Center
for the Unknown,
Lisbon, Portugal
Amanda Bonner, Ph.D.R. Scott Hawley, Ph.D.The Evolution and Function
of Matrimony, a Meiotic
Regulator of Polo Kinase
May
2019
Postdoctoral Research
Scholar,
Singh Lab,
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
Melvin Noé
González, Ph.D.
Joan Conaway, Ph.D.
and
Ron Conaway, Ph.D.
Through bubbles, scaffolds
and cassettes: Reconstituting
the link between Pol II transcription
and RNA capping.
May
2019
Postdoctoral Training
Fellow,
Francis Crick Institute,
London, England
Christine Smoyer, Ph.D.Sue Jaspersen, Ph.D.Analysis of Inner Nuclear
Membrane Composition by SPLIT-GFP.
October
2018
Postdoctoral Scholar,
Dept of Molecular
and Cellular Biology,
UC Davis,
Davis, CA
Wanqing Shao, Ph.D.Julia Zeitlinger, Ph.D.The interplay between transcription
initiation, RNA polymerase II
pausing and core promoter
elements: A genomics perspective.
July
2018
Postdoctoral Research
Associate,
Genetics Department,
Washington University,
St. Louis, MO
Cori Cahoon, Ph.D.R. Scott Hawley, Ph.D.Understanding the structure
and function of the Drosophila
synaptonemal complex in female
meiosis.
April
2016
Postdoctoral Researcher,
University of Oregon,
Eugene, OR
Kobe Yuen, Ph.D.Jennifer Gerton, Ph.D.Structural Maintenance Proteins -
Roles in Chromatin Organization
and Gene Expression
December
2016
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Genentech,
San Francisco CA

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