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Lab Members

Bret D. Freudenthal, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Department of Cancer Biology

 

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, B.S. in Biochemistry, 2004
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 2010
National Institutes of Environmental Health, NIH, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2015

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Amy Whitaker, Ph.D.
 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow

 

University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, B.S. in Chemistry, 2008

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics, 2015

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Tyler Weaver, Ph.D.
 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

 

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, B.S. in Biology, 2013

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 2019

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Alexandra Machen, Ph.D.
 

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 2011

Emory University, Atlanta, GA, M.P.H. in Epidemiology, 2013

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and

Molecular Biology, 2020

Max Fairlamb, B.S.
 

GRADUATE STUDENT

Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellow


Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, B.S. in Molecular Biosciences, 2015

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Nicole Hoitsma, B.S.
 

GRADUATE STUDENT

American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellow

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, B.S. in Biological Sciences, 2015

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Benjamin Ryan, B.S.
 

GRADUATE STUDENT

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Creighton University, Omaha, NE, B.S. in Biochemistry, 2018

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Griffin Welfer, B.S.
 

GRADUATE STUDENT

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, B.S. in Biochemistry, 2018

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Kaitlin DeHart, B.S.
 

GRADUATE STUDENT

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, 2018

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Luis Cortez, B.S.
 

MD/​PhD STUDENT

Department of Cancer Biology

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, B.S in Biochemistry, 2016 

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, B.S in Genetics and Cell Biology, 2016

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Adil Hussen, B.S.
 

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Ashland University, Ashland, OH, B.S. in Biology, 2021 

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Jonah Spencer
 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER 

Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, currently pursuing a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics.

Past Members

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Fausto (Alex) Varela, Ph.D.
 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

 

California State University, San Bernardino, CA, B.A. in Psychology, 2009

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, Ph.D. in Pharmacology, 2019

Alex is now a Research Scientist at Sekisui XenoTech, LLC in Kansas City, KS.

Wesley Stark                                            2018-2020
 

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, B.S. in Medical Physics 2019

Wesley is now pursuing his MD at University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

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Kristen Khoang                                        2018-2020

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, B.S. in Biochemistry, 2018
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Matt Schaich, Ph.D.                               2016-2020

GRADUATED STUDENT

Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellow
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

University of Nebraska, Lincoln. NE, B.S. in Biochemistry & B.A. in Music, 2014

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and

Molecular Biology, 2020

Matt is currently a Hillman Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovative Cancer Research in the lab of Dr. Ben Van Houten at the UPMC-Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh.

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Mallory Smith, Ph.D.                           2016-2020

GRADUATED STUDENT

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

 

University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA, B.S. in Chemistry, 2014

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, Ph.D. in Biochemistry and

Molecular Biology, 2020

Mallory is now pursuing her postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Roger Woodgate at the NICHD.

Frank Deng                                                        2018

2018 Summer Internship

Frank returned back to school to complete his Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University.

Ashlee Herken, B.S.​                                           2018

Washburn University, Topeka, KS, B.S. in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, 2018

Ashlee has left the lab to pursue her Ph.D. at Kansas State University.

Tony Flynn, B.S.​                                          2016-2018

University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS, B.S. in Biology, 2016

Tony is now in his home state of Texas teaching high school science to the new generation!