Chicago Fellows Program: Current & Previous Fellows

2016 Fellows

Simone Kristina Feurstein (Translational Stem Cell Biology)
Education: MD, PhD, University Hospital Hannover, Germany
Project: Mesenchymal stem cells with germline mutations in leukemia predisposing genes: Impact on the hematopoietic stem cell niche
Mentor: Lucy Godley

Georg Hochberg (Biophysics and Evolutionary Biology)
Education: PhD Pembroke College, Oxford University
Project:Evolution of oligomeric specificity in steroid hormone receptors
Mentor: Joe Thornton

Nitobe London (Cell Biology)
Education: PhD University of Washington
Project: Centralspindlin-mediated RhoA signaling in cytokinesis
Mentor: Michael Glotzer

2015 Fellows

Nicolaus Schmandt (Membrane Biophysics)
Education: PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Project: Discovery of the MT channel responsible for nematocytes function
Mentor: Eduardo Perozo

Lulu Hu (Structural Biology)
Education: PhD in Structural Biology from Fudan University
Project: Impact of 5hmC and potential demethylation on hematopoietic stem cell survival and proliferation in association with leukemogenesis
Mentors: Chuan He, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Chemistry and Lucy Godley, Department of Medicine

Yuko Kimura (Genetics)
Education: PhD in Chemistry and Biotechnology from the University of Tokyo
Project: Regulation of transcription factor binding dynamics
Mentor: Alex Ruthenburg, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

2013 Fellow

Donglei Zhang (Molecular Biology)
Education: PhD in Genetics from Rutgers University
Project: Molecular mechanism of cytokinesis
Mentor: Michael Glotzer, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

2012 Fellows

Guillaume Lambert (Cell Biology)
Education: PhD in Physics from Princeton University
Project: Quantifying the robustness of circadian rhythms at the single-cell and single-molecule levels
Mentor: Michael Rust, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

Daniel Little (Neurobiology)
Education: PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California Berkeley
Project: Role of the thalamus in visual cortex function and interactions between different classes of glutamatergic input
Mentor: S. Murray Sherman, Department of Neurobiology

Claire Atkinson (Cell Biology)
Education: PhD in Cellular Biophysics from Rockefeller University
Project: Global analysis of the Bag6 interactome
Mentor: Robert Keenan and Tao Pan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2011 Fellows

Daniel Matute (Evolutionary Genetics)
Education: PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Chicago
Project: Genetics of Drosophila speciation
Mentor: Molly Przeworski, Departments of Human Genetics and Ecology and Evolution

Jackie Gavin-Smyth (Evolutionary Genetics)
Education: PhD in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from University of Chicago
Project: Divergence between Drosophila species in the genetic regulation and subsequent patterning of the early embryo
Mentor: Martin Kreitman and John Reinitz, Department of Ecology and Evolution

2010 Fellows

Dai Shizuka (Evolutionary Biology)
Education: PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of CA, Santa Cruz
Project: The evolution of learning and the process of speciation
Mentor: Trevor Price, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Jenny Tung (Evolutionary and Behavioral Genetics)
Education: PhD in Biology from Duke University
Project: Mechanisms underlying the effects of early-life environments on adult phenotypes
Mentor: Yoav Gilad, Department of Human Genetics

2009 Fellows

Marc Parisien (Systems Biology)
Education: PhD in Computer Science from the University of Montreal
Project: Systematic prediction and validation of protein-RNA interactome on the genomic scale
Mentors: Tobin Sosnick and Tao Pan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology         

Roger Pique-Regi (Computational Statistics, Genetics & Genomics)
Education: PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California
Project: Statistical methods for finding sequence features affecting gene expression
Mentor: Jonathan Pritchard, Department of Human Genetics         

Huiping Liu (Cancer Stem Cell Biology)
Education: PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Pathology) from the University of Chicago
Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Stem Cell Biology at Stanford University
Project: Functions of microRNAs in metastatic breast tumor initiating cells
Mentors: Geoffrey Greene and Kay Macleod, Ben May Department for Cancer Research