Generating, Analyzing, and Understanding Sensory and Sequencing Information

Former Trainees


hailey-conoverHailey Conover

Hailey is a PhD candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology graduate program. She works in Dr. Lucas Argueso’s lab studying the mechanisms of formation and genetic predisposition to genetic Copy Number Variations.


ianIan Mclean

Ian McLean is a MS student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at CSU. His research in the Tobet Lab focuses on utilizing microfluidic principles to create a more useful and physiologically accurate “tissue-on-a-chip” device. Prior to attending CSU, Ian earned a BS in Bioengineering from Washington State University, and then worked as an engineer for a Seattle-based flow cytometry manufacturing company.


j-filerJessie Filer

Jessie finished her MS in Microbiology here at CSU and is now a PhD candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology program.  Her research focuses on assay development for viral detection and she is currently collaborating with engineers and chemists for her work with biosensors.



j-walkerJulie Walker

Julie Walker is a Ph.D. student in Tom Santangelo’s lab. Her research focuses on characterizing transcription termination as well as investigating global RNA methylation patterns in the archaeal model organism Thermococcus kodakarensis.  Specifically, her work investigating methylation patterns is focused on the RNA modification 5-methylcytosine and the function of the aforementioned RNA modification both in vitro and in vivo.


leddyK.A. Leddy

Leddy’s research with Dr. Jane Stewart is focused on white pine blister rust disease; caused by an invasive fungal pathogen affecting North American white pines. She works in collaboration with USFS Forest Health Protection and USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station to apply molecular and bioinformatic techniques to study the evolutionary relationship between pines conferring resistance to the exotic pathogen and various fungal populations across the Rocky Mountains.


nadiaNadia Sampaio

Nadia Sampaio is a PhD candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Since joining Dr. Lucas Argueso’s lab, Nadia has been investigating different aspects of the influence of widespread heterozygous alleles on yeast phenotype. Specifically, her project focuses on the characterization of frequent genome instability mechanisms that lead to loss-of-heterozygosity in yeast and also on the identification of specific heteroalleles associated with the vigorous growth of industrial yeast strains.


Shea Moore-Farrell

Shea Moore-Farrell is a graduate student pursuing his PhD through the Cell and Molecular Biology program at CSU. His research is focused on developing a computational model of photosynthesis and carbon metabolism in the food and energy crop Sorghum bicolor. Such a model can be used to predict bottlenecks in the flow of carbon to desired chemical products in silico, identify candidate genes to be further studied in vivo, and act as a guide for future metabolic engineering efforts.
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