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Lab Members

Kellee Siegfried

Kellee Siegfried

Principal Investigator

My lab is focused on studying zebrafish germ cell development, regulation, and gonadal sex differentiation in zebrafish

Raymond Poirier

Raymond Poirier

Graduate Student

Examining the role of the dmrt family of genes in fertility of zebrafish

Mayara Ryland

Mayara Ryland

Undergraduate student

Working with Kavita Venkataramani on Adad1 CRISPR mutants

Jessica Macneil

Jessica Macneil

Graduate Student

Currently investigating the role of telomeres in meiosis.

Travis Churchill

Travis Churchill

Graduate Student

I'm working on RNA binding proteins Adad1 and Adad2

Julia Micozzi

Julia Micozzi

Undergraduate student

Working with Jess Macneil on terb1

Kavita Venkataramani

Kavita Venkataramani

Graduate Student

Works on germ cell maintenance in response to breeding in wildtype and mutant zebrafish

Biby Medrano

Biby Medrano

Graduate Student

Just started in the lab!

Former members

Former Graduate Students

Emily Taylor (MS)

Kaitlyn Webster (PhD)

Jocelyn Steinfeld (PhD)

Kazi Nazrul Islam (PhD)

Former Undergraduate Students

Carina Ramos                Spring 2013 – Summer 2015. Graduated from UMass Boston Fall 2019      

Olivia Edens                   Summer 2014, Graduated from St. John Fisher College 2015.

Adeeba Nahrin               Fall 2014 – Spring 2016, Completed a Biology MS degree at UMass Lowell.

Cristina Rivera               Summer 2015, Medical School at University of Puerto Rico.

Yankel Karasik               Summer 2015, Graduated from UMass Amherst Spring 2018. Working in Biotech            

Jessica MacNeil             Summer 2015 – Summer 2017, Currently a Biology Ph.D. student at UMass                                             Boston.

Heena Gandevia            2015-2017, Currently a PhD student at Boston University- completed                                                       Masters degree instead

Jacyln Grenier                Summer 2016 – Spring 2017, Currently a Nursing Student. Completed                                                     Nursing School - RN

Carlee Dawson              Summer 2017, Currently a Genetic Counseling Assistant at the Medical                                                   College of Wisconsin. Entered genetic counseling degree program

Matthew Scranton          Summer 2017. Clinical Scientist – biotech/pharma

Kiloni Quiles-Franco     2017-2018, Currently a PhD student at Boston University.

Delaney Ingalls              Spring 2018, 2 yr Research Assistant at Harvard Medical School. Currently                                             an environmental risk analyst. Now vet tech (2022)

Ana Johnson-Escauriza Summer 2018 – Fall 2018, post baccalaureate program at the NIH.                                                         Currently Med Student at Milwaukee School of Medicine (started 2021)

Anuoluwapo Ajao           Spring 2018 – Spring 2019, Currently in a post baccalaureate program at                                               the NIH. Started MD/PhD program at Case Western 2022

Allan Ordonaz                Summer 2018 – Spring 2019,

Emma Torija                  Summer 2019, Started PhD program 2022 at University of Alabama

Andrew Cogliano           Spring 2019 – Spring 2020, Completed MPH program at BU – employed as                                             MA Department of Public Health

Mohammedreza Mojoudi   Summer 2019 – Spring 2020, RA at a research lab at MGH.

Ryan Johnston               Fall 2019 – Spring 2020, RA at Dana Farber Cancer Center, Started PhD                                                   program 2022 at BU

Keith Ameyaw       Fall 2018 – Spring 2021, Completed post baccalaureate program at the NIH,                                                   started MD/PhD program at Albert Einstein 2023

Maitri Modi            Spring 2019 – Spring 2021, Completed MS at Case Western

Christopher Wood             Summer 2019 – Spring 2021, Lab tech

Hamza Malik                     August 2019 – Spring 2021 working in medical field, applying to med                                                      school

Sophia Chaviari Borodemos            Fall 2020 – Spring 2022, MS program at Brown, graduated 2024,                                                              working in biotech

Hannah Betchtel                Fall 2021 – Fall 2022, Clinical research assistant

Gaea  Dominguez              Spring 2021 – Spring 2023 – PhD program at Emory

Paula Diaz Sanchez          Fall 2021 – Spring 2023 – post bac at MBL

Isaac Hounain                    Summer 2022 -spring 2023 – MS at UMB

Sabrina Hernadndez         Summer 2022 – PhD program at Georgia Tech

Andrew Karam                   Fall 2022 – PhD program at Brown

Amelia Babb                       REU, summer 2023, undergrad at Smith College

Emma Danylin                   Jan-mid feb 2024 (6wk internship)

Cheyenne Petrino              Spring 2023 - Spring 2024

Bhavana Jammalamadaka              Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

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