Current Lab Members


David J. Katz

David J. Katz, PhD
Assistant Professor and Laboratory Director

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Onur Birol, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Undergraduate: Bogazici University 
Gradute: Baylor College of Medicine, PhD 

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Research Focus: I utilize C. elegans as a model system to study the relationships of epigenetic inheritance to nervous system development and behavior.


Brandon

Brandon Carpenter, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
FIRST Program

Hometown: Cherryville, NC
Undergraduate: Appalachian State University 
Graduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, PhD and Appalachian State University, MS

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Research Focus: I utilize C. elegans as a model system to study how transgenerational epigenetic inheritance regulates cell fate decisions throughout embryonic development.



Amanda Engstrom
Graduate student
BCDB Program


Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Undergraduate: Holy Cross

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Research FocusI use mouse models to investigate the role of the histone demethylase Lsd1 in tau-mediated neruodegeneration.

Stephanie Kyle, PhD

Stephanie Kyle, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


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Research Focus: I work with an LSD1 mouse model to investigate cellular and epigenetic mechanisms of neurodegenerative cell death.



Teresa Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
FIRST Program

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate: University of California Berkeley, PhD

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Research Focus: I am using the model nematode C. elegans to study how epigenetic modifications enable the transgenerational inheritance of complex traits, like longevity.

Dexter

Dexter Myrick
Graduate Student
Neuroscience Program 

Hometown: Durham, NC 
Undergraduate: Emory University

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Research FocusI am interested in the role that epigenetics plays in neuroprotection. In particular, the mechanism by which LSD1 prevents neuronal cell death in mouse hippocampal neurons. 


Juan Rodriguez
Graduate Student
GMB Program


Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Undergraduate: Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Graduate: Kennesaw State University, MS

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Research Focus: I am using C. elegans to study how epigenetic modifications can regulate embryo development and cell fate determination.


Alyssa Scott
Graduate Student
GMB Program

Hometown: Granville, New York
Undergraduate: Marist College

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Research FocusI am developing a new mouse model to study the maternal role of LSD1 in epigenetic reprogramming at fertilization, and how defects in that reprogramming event can possibly lead to neurodevelopmental disorders.

Katz Lab Alumni

 

Name

Current Title

Current Affiliation

Michael Christopher, PhD
(graduate student in Katz Lab)
Postdoctoral Fellow UCLA
Shana Kerr, PhD 
(postdoctoral student in Katz Lab)
Academic Professional (Teaching faculty and academic advisor in the School of Biology)  Georgia Institute of Technology
Ernest Ricks, PhD
(postdoctoral student in Katz Lab)
Assistant Professor of Biology and Biochemistry  Georgia Gwinett College
Jadiel Wasson, PhD
(graduate student in Katz Lab)
Postdoctoral Fellow  Harvard University