Jae Eun Choi

I graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Upon graduation, I worked as a clinical research coordinator and statistician studying various pharmacologic agents at the University of California, San Francisco prior to entering medical school at the University of California, San Diego in 2013.

Lisa Pinatti

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2016 with a BS in Biology. I started in at the University of Michigan in 2016 and was awarded the Bernard Maas Fellowship. I am completing my PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Carey.

Dipika Mohan

Dipika graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (Wash U) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, cum laude. During her undergraduate, she researched altered post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in the pathogenesis of leukemia and pre-leukemic syndromes in the lab of Timothy Graubert, MD, at Wash U School of Medicine.

Barbara Nelson

Barbara joined the Cancer Biology Graduate Program in 2015. She earned her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Microbiology from UMass Amherst. She worked at UMass Medical school as a technician in immunology and as a lab manager in neurobiology. Barbara joined Costas Lyssiotis’ lab where she is studying pancreatic cancer metabolism.

Benjamin Chandler

I graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Biology and Biomedical Sciences in 2013. In undergraduate I performed research on a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), SChLAP1, and its role in prostate cancer. Following undergraduate I work as a lab tech and continued my work on characterizing SChLAP1. Currently, I work in Corey Speers lab studying lncRNAs and their role in basal-like breast cancer. When not in lab I can usually be found on the golf course!!

Donald Little

I graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a BS in Genetics. I also completed a summer internship at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research involving research in proteomics. I started at the University of Michigan in 2015 and was awarded the Rackham Merit Fellowship.

Christie Rodriguez Ramirez

Christie received a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez. There she worked in the laboratory of Dr. O.M. Suarez and Dr. Oscar Perales studying metallurgy and the synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Upon completion of her B.S., she accepted a postbaccalaureate fellowship at The Mayo Clinic where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Karen Hedin studying CXCR4 signaling in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Morgan Penny

Morgan graduated with a B.S. degree from Penn State University and is currently a medical student at Sydney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia taking a hiatus from her clinical training to obtain her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan.

Ally Hawkins

Ally completed her bachelor's at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a degree in biology. She is now enrolled in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program at University of Michigan and was awarded the Bernard Maas Fellowship. She is completing her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Lawlor along with a Master's in Bioinformatics.


Megan Altemus

Megan graduated from Indiana University in 2014 where she received her dual-degree B.S. in Biochemistry and Biology with Honors. She joined the Cancer Biology Graduate Program at the University of Michigan with a Bernard Maas Fellowship.