Current Lab Members:


Jocelyn McDonald, Ph.D.

Jocelyn McDonald

Assistant Professor

B.S. Marquette University

Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

More about Dr. McDonald: McDonald Biosketch and faculty web site

Research Interests: Collective cell migration, cell polarity, kinases and phosphatases in cell migration, tissue morphogenesis, tumor invasion and metastasis


Yujun “Eugene” Chen, Ph.D.

Yujun Chen

Research Associate (Postdoctoral Fellow)

B.S. Hainan University, China

Ph.D. Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Research Interests: Serine-threonine Protein phosphatases in border cells and collective migration


Nirupama Kotian, M.Sc.

Nirupama Kotian

Graduate Student

B.Sc. KETs V G Vaze College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai, India

M.Sc. KETs V G Vaze College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai, India

Research Interests: Cell adhesion proteins, regulation of adhesion in collectives, applications to cancer


Research Assistant (Technician)


Research Interests: Coming soon!


Loan Tang

Loan Tang

Undergraduate Researcher, K-INBRE Freshman Scholar

Microbiology major, Division of Biology

Research Interests: GAPs (GTPase activating proteins) in border cells and cancer

Lauren Knox

Undergraduate Research Student

Research Interests: Protein Phosphatase 1 function in border cells

Adelina Parral

Undergraduate Research Student, Developing Scholars Program

Research Interests: Kinases in collective cell migration, tumor invasion

Carmen Del Real

Undergraduate Research Student, RiPS Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program

Research Interests: Coming soon!

Marissa Komp

Undergraduate Research Student

Research Interests: Coming soon!


Ketki Sawant (Graduate Student 2010-2015/Postdoctoral Fellow 2016) – currently a Research Scientist at Cellf-Bio, Winston-Salem, NC

George Aranjuez (Graduate Student 2010-2015) – currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Central Florida

Ashely Burtscher (Research Technologist 2011-2015) – currently a Research Technologist in the Department of Cancer Biology, Cleveland Clinic

Sushmita Mukherjee (Postdoctoral Fellow 2009-2011) – currently a Clinical Project Manager in the Oncology group at Quintiles, Inc.

Pralay Majumder (Postdoctoral Fellow at Cleveland Clinic 2009-2013; Visiting Scientist at KSU 2016) – currently an Assistant Professor, Presidency University

Kelly Shibuya (Medical Student 2014) – currently a third-year medical student in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Heather Foy (Intern 2016) – currently working in healthcare

Kristen Hylen (2016 summer student K-State SUROP program: from Benedictine College) – currently a senior at Benedictine College

Mouktika Ayyagari (2013 Undergraduate Researcher: from Case Western Reserve University)

Joanne Berry (2013 Visiting Undergraduate Volunteer: from Ohio Northern University) – currently a research technician at Children’s Hospital Boston & Harvard Medical School (Carla Kim Lab)

Elizabeth Kudlaty (2010-2011 Undergraduate Researcher: from Northwestern University) – currently a medical student at Ohio State University

Derek McCalla (2011 Undergraduate Researcher: from Oakwood University) – currently a medical student at Loma Linda University

Emily Lewis (2010 Undergraduate Researcher: from Ohio State University) – currently a graduate student at Northwestern University

Connie Tzou (2008-2010 Undergraduate Researcher: from Case Western Reserve University) – currently a graduate student at University of Washington School of Public Health

Nicole Molander-Barraza (2012 Undergraduate Researcher in Case Western Reserve University ACES program: from Florida International University)