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Predoctoral Researchers

Predoctoral researchers at GSSIMR arrive to the Stowers Institute as talented developing scientists. The exceptional, high-impact research environment and close-knit, supportive community creates an ideal environment for scientific growth. Predoctoral researchers in the program are tasked with identifying significant biological problems and are primarily devoted to conducting laboratory research and publishing of their work in well recognized journals.


Alumni | 2012-2015 | 2016-2019 | 2020 | 2021



María José (“Majo”) Blanco Salazar ’21

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Amruta Swaminathan ’21

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Anna Galligos ’21

Rockhurst University

Olivia Lawler ’21

John Brown University

Dung Vuu ’21

University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City



Carlos Barradas Chacon ’20

Autonomous University of Queretaro and National Polytechnic University of Mexico

Camila Behrensen ’20

University Argentina de la Empresa (UADE)

Pablo Guzmán Palma ’20

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Minling Hu ’20

LanZhou University and Beijing Normal University

Haining (Frank) Jiang ’20

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Kaili Li ’20

Henan Agricultural University and Sun Yat-Sen University

Anthony (A.J.) Treichel ’20

Winona State University

Fanning Xia ’20

Wuhan University



Danielson Baia Amaral ’19

Federal University of Pará

Luciana Castellano ’18

National University of General San Martin
Bazzini Lab

Sharien Fitriasari ’17

University of Missouri
Trainor Lab

Tatiana Gaitan Escudero ’19

University of Antioquia

Rahul Garg ’17

Indian Institute of Technology
Yu Lab

Sarah Gilmour ’19

Hendrix College

José (Fibo) López Hernández ’16

Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) National Autonomous University of Mexico
Zanders Lab

Paloma I. Meneses Giles ’17

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Piotrowski Lab

Emma Moore ’18

University of Houston
Trainor Lab

Augusto Ortega Granillo ’16

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Sánchez Alvarado Lab

Julia Peloggia ’17

University of São Paulo
Piotrowski Lab

Kuan-Chih Peng ’19

National Yang-Ming University

Alejandro (Alex) Rodríguez Gama ’16

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Halfmann Lab

John Rojas Pino ’19

National University of San Marcos

Raktim Roy ’17

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Si Lab

Sajjita Saha ’18

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
Jaspersen Lab

Gabriel da Silva Pescador ’19

Federal University of Santa Catarina

Wei-Ting Yueh ’16

National Taiwan University
Gerton Lab

Kai Zhang ’17

University of Science and Technology of China
Si Lab


Viraj Doddihal ’15

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
Sánchez Alvarado Lab
Thesis: Protein dynamics in planarian regeneration

Ahmet Can Karabulut ’14

University of Cincinnati
Gibson Lab
Thesis: Genetic and chemical-genetic dissection of embryonic cell division in the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis

Kyle Patton ’15

Wheaton College
Si Lab
Thesis: The role of protein chaperones in persistence or decay of memory