MEMBERS 2018-04-16T11:17:03+00:00

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.

2011 PECASE award
2018 NIH Avant Garde (DP1 Pioneer) award

Lab Manager

NAME: Vanessa Bauer
HOMETOWN:  Des Moines, Iowa
DEGREES: M.S. Cornell University
INTERESTING FACT:  I am an Empire State Games medalist in snowshoe racing.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

NAME:  Dr. Nick Meyerson, Ph.D.
HOMETOWN:  Houston, Texas
Ph.D.: University of Texas at Austin
INTERESTING FACT:  I play the guitar and used to be in a band.

National Science Foundation Fellow,
Burroughs Wellcome PDEP Fellow

NAME:  Dr. Emily Feldman, Ph.D.
HOMETOWN:  Charlottesville, Virginia
Ph.D.: University of Florida
INTERESTING FACT:  I was a gymnast for 10 years.

NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

NAME:  Dr. Cody Warren, Ph.D.
HOMETOWN:  Fountain Valley, California
DEGREES: Ph.D., U. of Colorado Medical School; Masters of Public Health, UC Berkeley
INTERESTING FACT:  I used to play college baseball.

NIH HIV Postdoctoral Training Fellow,
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

NAME:  Dr. Joe Timpona, Ph.D.
HOMETOWN:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ph.D.: Harvard University
INTERESTING FACT:  My college band opened for The Black Keys.

Graduate Students

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.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

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.
NIH Signaling and Cellular Regulation Training Grant Fellow

Staff Scientists

NAME:  Ryan Fahy
HOMETOWN: Aspen, Colorado
B.S. DEGREE:  Colgate University
INTERESTING FACT:  I once dislocated my knee and tore my MCL while wearing one of those sumo wrestling fat-suits.

NAME:  Will Fattor
HOMETOWN: Black Hawk, Colorado
B.S. DEGREE:  University of Colorado Boulder
INTERESTING FACT: I am licensed to sail monohull boats

NAME:  Obaiah Dirasantha
HOMETOWN:  Somasila village, India
B.S. DEGREE:  Indian Institute of Technology
INTERESTING FACT:  I like to sketch human faces

Undergraduates

NAME:  Danielle Swope
HOMETOWN:  Longmont, Colorado
INTERESTING FACT:  I became a published author in high school.

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.

Lab Alumni

NAME:  Alex Stabell
POSITION IN SAWYER LAB:
MD/PhD graduate student
NIH NIAID M.D. / Ph.D. Fellow (F30)
CURRENT POSITION:
Medical student at U. of Colorado

NAME:  Scott Kerr, Ph.D.
POSITION IN SAWYER LAB:
Graduate student
CURRENT POSITION:
BioFire Diagnostics, Salt Lake City, UT

NAME:  Jeff Hussmann, PhD
POSITION IN SAWYER LAB:
Graduate student
CURRENT POSITION:
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF

NAME:   Paul Rowley, PhD
POSITION IN SAWYER LAB:
Postdoctoral Fellow
CURRENT POSITION:
Assistant Professor, University of Idaho

NAME:  Ann Demogines, PhD
POSITION IN SAWYER LAB:
Postdoctoral Fellow
American Cancer Society Fellow
CURRENT POSITION:
BioFire Diagnostics, Salt Lake City, UT

NAME:  Dianne Lou, Ph.D.
POSITION IN SAWYER LAB:
MD/PhD graduate student
NIH NIAID M.D. / Ph.D. Fellow (F30)
CURRENT POSITION:
Medical resident at Vanderbilt University

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
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
CURRENT POSITION:
Data Scientist at Twist Bioscience, Berkeley, CA | PhD from UC Berkeley

NAME:  Alysia East
POSITION IN SAWYER LAB:
Research technician
CURRENT POSITION:
Veterinarian, Fort Collins, CO