Current Lab Members:

Jocelyn McDonald

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B.S. Marquette University

Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Postdoctoral Fellow. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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, mechanobiology, 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

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

Luke Messer

Luke Messer

Graduate Student

B.S. University of Alabama in Huntsville

Research Interests: Regulation of Rap1 activity in collective migration, tissue-collective interactions, signaling pathways in migration


Kevin Preuss, Ph.D.

Kevin Preuss

Lab Manager

B.S. Kansas State University

Ph.D. Duke University

Research Interests: Organizing the lab, gene regulation in border cells


Oshadhi Athukorala Arachchige

Oshadhi Athukorala Arachchige

Research Technician

B.S. Biology, Kansas State University

Research Interests: Regulation of cell adhesion proteins in collective migration of border cells

Marissa Komp

Marissa Komp

Marissa Komp

Undergraduate Research Student

Biology Major, Pre-Veterinary

Research Interests: Protein Phosphatase 1 interaction screens, applications to cancer

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Adelina Parral

Adelina Parral

Undergraduate Research Student, Bridges and Developing Scholars Programs

Biology Major

Research Interests: Kinases in collective cell migration, adhesion regulation, tumor invasion


Loan Tang

Loan Tang

Undergraduate Researcher, K-INBRE Freshman Scholar

Microbiology Major, Pre-Medicine

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


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 fourth-year medical student in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Carmen Del Real (RiPS Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program – Summer 2017) – currently a student at Dodge City Community College

Lauren Knox (2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Student) – currently taking classes in preparation for Medical School applications

Heather Foy (Intern 2016) – currently working in healthcare

Kristen Hylen (2016 summer student K-State SUROP program: from 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) – received M.S. in Plant Biology/Conservation from 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)