Deepika Vasudevan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Jun 2021- present)

Curious about all things stress and ribosome, trying to figure out selective mRNA translation, love a good signaling pathway, easily distracted by data, known cat lady.

Lydia Grmai, Ph.D.

K99/R00 Postdoctoral Fellow (Sep 2021- present)

Following the mysteries of Inter-organ reproductive regulation,  maintenance of sexual identity and dimorphism, and how cellular stress impacts reproduction. Sucker for fly genetic tricks + new craft projects, invested in empowering the next generation of scientists.

Shyama Nandakumar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow (Feb 2023-present)

Obsessed with polyploid cells, where they come from and what they do. Endeavoring to understand funky mRNA 5' leaders. Lover of microscopes and coffee. Legendary pun maker.

Manuel Michaca

IGBP Graduate student (Nov 2022-present)

Trying to figure out the relationship between stress:steroid hormone signaling in the context of lipid metabolism. Adore foxes and long walks  

Katherine Querry

Lab manager/technician (Jan 2024-present)

Focused on the role of translation regulators in the retina during stress conditions. Always down for a cool cell culture experiment, a good book, and a new recipe to try out!  

Nina Gralewski-Goel

Undergraduate Trainee (Sophomore) (Aug 2023- present)

Aspiring physician interested in how stress response signaling affects retinal degeneration. Enjoy fine art (minoring in studio art!) and motivated to help the community with my organization skills.  

Aditya Arkalgud

Undergraduate Trainee (Freshman) (Sep 2023- present)

Image analysis enthusiast trying to figure out why stress response signaling is required in fat tissue homeostasis. Tennis player, polyglot, Felix Auger-Aliasimme fan,  always up for a volunteer opportunity. 


Kenza Lahbabi

Undergraduate research trainee (Aug 2022-May 2024)

Narayanan Nampoothiri

Research technician (Aug 2022-Nov 2023)

Melissa Mychalczuk

Undergraduate research trainee (Sep 2021-May 2023)

Chris Garbark

Research technician (Jul 2021-Nov 2022)

Vanessa Hong

Summer research intern  (Summer 2021)

Rotation students