Graduate Students

name  Dr. Nick Meyerson

HOMETOWN  Houston, Texas

PhD University of Texas at Austin

interesting fact(s)  I play the guitar and used to be in a band.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

name  Ann Demogines, PhD

Position in Sawyer lab Postdoctoral Fellow

Current Position  BioFire Diagnostics, Salt Lake City, UT

Lab Mascot

name Douc Langur

HOMETOWN Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Latin name  Pygathrix nemaeus

Nickname  The Painted Monkey

interesting fact Douc langurs show a hand preference when feeding, but this differs for each individual, some favoring the right hand, some using the left hand.

name  Dianne Lou, Ph.D.

POSITION IN SAWYER LAB  MD/PhD graduate student

CURRENT POSITION  Medical resident at Vanderbilt University

Team Leaders

Principal Investigator

name  Dr. Sara Sawyer

HOMETOWN  Olathe, Kansas

PhD  Cornell University

interesting fact My first career was working on offshore oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

name Kyudong Han, Ph.D.

Position in Sawyer lab  Postdoctoral fellow

Current position  Assistant Professor, Dankook University, South Korea            


name Aisha Ellahi

Position in Sawyer lab  Research technician

Current position  Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley



name Alysia East

Position in Sawyer lab  Research technician

Current position  Attending veterinary school in St. Kitts



Lab Alumni

name  Paul Rowley, PhD

Position in Sawyer lab  Postdoctoral Fellow

current position  Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

name  Maryska Kaczmarek

PROGRAM  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

HOMETOWN Dobbs Ferry, New York

interesting fact  I didn't know my real name until I was 12 years old.

name  Alex Stabell


HOMETOWN Godfrey, Illinois 

interesting fact  I once stayed up for 80 hours, just to see what it was like.

name  Jeff Hussmann, PhD

Position in Sawyer lab Graduate student

Current Position  Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

name   Dr. Cody Warren, Ph.D.

HOMETOWN  Fountain Valley, California

PhD  University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

interesting fact  I used to play college baseball.


M.D. / Ph.D. Fellow (F30)

name  Vanessa Bauer DuMont

HOMETOWN  Des Moines, Iowa

ALMA MATER  B.S. University of Iowa;  M.S. Cornell University

interesting fact I am an Empire State Games medalist in snowshoe racing. 

Lab Manager

Project Manager

name   Dr. Emily Feldman, Ph.D.

HOMETOWN  Charlottesville, Virginia

PhD  University of Florida

interesting fact  I was a gymnast for 10 years.

name  Alison Gilchrist

PROGRAM  Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

HOMETOWN  Saratoga, California

interesting fact  I'm a member of the International Society of Tardigrade Hunters.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

PDEP Fellow

NIH HIV Postdoctoral Research Training Program Fellow

NIH Signaling and Cellular Regulation Training Grant Fellow

name  Scott Kerr, Ph.D.

Position in Sawyer lab  Graduate student

current position  BioFire Diagnostics, Salt Lake City, UT

NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow