Current Students

PhD Students


Danielle Little

EDUCATION:  B.S. Biochemistry, 2018 - Oakwood Univ. Huntsville, AL
MENTOR(S): Steven Jones, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health
PROJECT:  The Dynamic Role of Hyaluronan in Ventricular Remodeling

Benjamin Rood 

EDUCATION:  B.S. Biology- Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA;B.S. Kinesiology- Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
MENTOR(S):  Michal Hetman, MD, PhD
PROJECT: Induction of cellular senescence after spinal cord injury

Hieu Vo 

EDUCATION:  B.S. Molecular Biology & Genetics, 2015 - Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY; M.S. Biochemistry, 2018 - Murray State University, Murray, KY
MENTOR(S): Ben Lovely, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
PROJECT: Tissue Specific BMP Profile


Raeden Gray

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Biology, St. Thomas University, May 2020
MENTOR(S):  Ben Lovely, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
PROJECT: Characterizing the role of the Planar Cell Polarity in jaw development during prenatal alcohol exposure

Jonah Stephan

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Natural Sciences, Pre-Medicine Emphasis, Pensacola Christian College
MENTOR(S):  Marcin Wysoczynski, Associate Professor in Diabetes and Obesity Center
PROJECT:  Neutrophil Diversity after MI-induced Emergency Granulopoiesis

Collin Wells

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Centre College, 2020
MENTOR(S): Brad Hill, Professor in Diabetes and Obesity Center
PROJECT: Role of Pck2 in cardiac fibrosis


Caitlin Howard

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Engineering, University of Louisville
MENTOR(S): Steve Jones, PhD, Professor in Diabetes and Obesity Center

Catherine Kaiser

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Chemistry, Pennsylvania State Unviersity
MENTOR(S): Melissa Smith, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Andrea Poole

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Wright State University
MENTOR(S): T. Michael Sabo, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine
PROJECT: Understanding How Single Amino Acid Substitutions Impact the Structure and Function of hGMPK

Ghazal Sadri

EDUCATION:  B.S. in Chemistry, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
MENTOR(S): Joseph B. Moore, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine
PROJECT: FACIT collagens in regulation of cardiac ECM structure and function

Mary Sumlut

EDUCATION:  B.S. Biochemistry from Brescia University, Owensboro
MENTOR(S): Brian Clem, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry


Ben Doelling

EDUCATION:  BS, Physiology and Cellular Biology, University of Louisville, 2017
MENTOR(S): Shahid Baba, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
PROJECT: Role of Histadyl Dipeptides in Heart Failure

Leanne Price

EDUCATION:  BS in Chemistry from Butler University, Dec 2021
MENTOR(S): Yoannis Imbert-Fernandez, PhD, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology
PROJECT: Targeting Metabolism to Overcome CDK4/6 Resistance in Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer

Makenzie Stearsman

EDUCATION:  BS in Biology from Murray State University, 2021
MENTOR(S): Ben Lovely, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
PROJECT: Examining the Interaction Between Shh and BMP in Jaw Development 

Jacob Young

EDUCATION:  BS, Psychological Sciences and BS, Biochemistry from Western Kentucky University, 2021
MENTOR(S): Ron Gregg, PhD, Chairman of Biochemistry
PROJECT:  Analyzing the Safety and Efficacy of a Potential Gene Therapy for Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa


Steven Nadakal - BS, Biochemistry, Baylor University, 2017

MS Immunology of Infectious Disease, 2018; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Nicholas Tong


Class of 2023

Eric Kline

Steven Schultz