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Caster, Courtney


Courtney Caster

B.S. (2012), rotating Ph.D. student, Genetics Program

Evolution of mammalian CD1d presentation of lipid antigen to NK-T Cells

Currently Ph.D. student in Genetics, Texas A&M University, College Station TX


Christina Du

Christina Du, D.V.M.

M.S. (2011) with Lab Animal Medicine residency

Investigation of Immunoglobulin Heavy Chain Isotypes in an Ancestral Mucosal Immune Model

Currently Interim Director of Comparative Medicine and Attending Veterinarian Scott and White Hospitals, Temple TX


Mikaela Gondolfe

Mikaela Gondolfe

B.S. (2013) student in Biomedical Sciences

Bovine B cell single cell cloning and IgH/IgL paired PCR

Currently in MS Program in Animal Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station TX



Anna Goodroe

Anna Goodroe, D.V.M.

Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program, summer 2011

Analysis of Immunoglobulins Secreted by Xenopus in Response to Oral and Intraperitoneal Immunization

Currently resident in Comparative Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD

Chris Hong

Chris Hong

Summer (2012) Undergraduate Researcher

Bioinformatics of Shrimp Immunogenomics

Currently student in Biochemistry, University of Texas, Austin TX

Brendan Jacobs

Brendan Jacobs

B.S. (2009) in Genetics and Biochemistry

Comparative Immunogenetics of Tetrapod T Cell Receptor Loci

Currently Chemist at Nalco Champion, Houston TX

Kaushik, Aditi

Aditi Kaushik

Summer Researcher after M.S. (2013) in Professional Program in Biotechnology

Shark T cell receptor immunogenetics

currently stem cell laboratory technician, Celltex, Houston TX



Shehnaz Lokhandwala

Shehnaz Lokhandwala

Directed studies during M.S. (2012) in Professional Program in Biotechnology

Immunogenetics of bovine ultra-long CDR3 antibodies

currently student pursuing Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station TX

Sara Mashoof

Sara Mashoof, D.V.M.

Ph.D. (2014) in Veterinary Microbiology

Tadpole thymectomy and mucosal humoral immunity in Xenopus and tuna

currently Post-doctoral Researcher in the laboratory of Moriya Tsuji, The Rockefeller University, New York NY


zach olschwanger

Zach Olschwanger

B.S. (2011) student in Biomedical Sciences

Shark MHC Class II Transactivator

currently Scientist with Molecular Diagnostics, Luminex Corporation, Austin TX

Peterson, Ashley

“Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.“                                                                                                                                            - a passage Ashley liked


Ashley Peterson

M.S. student and resident in Comparative Medicine (2014)

Natural history of vertebrate immunoglobulin isotypes

B.A. Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA

D.V.M., Kansas State University, Manhattan KS


Dhivya Ramakrishnan

Dhivya Ramakrishnan

Directed studies during M.S. (2010) in Professional Program in Biotechnology

Evolution of S100 family of Calcium regulators

currently Research Associate at Gilead Virology, Foster City, CA


Amelia Romoser

Amelia Romoser

Ph.D. (2012) student in Toxicology

Nano-immunotoxicology (Co-mentored with Dr. Christie Sayes)

currently Post-doctoral researcher in laboratory of Tim Phillips, Texas A&M University


Salazar, Alex

Alex Salazar

Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science, University of Sonora and Visiting Scientist (2013)

Immunotoxicology of iron cyclophanes

currently finisihiing Ph.D., University of Sonora, Hermosillo Mexico


Audrey Vitter

Audrey Vitter

High School summer (2009) researcher from A&M Consolidated High School

Shark MHC Class II Transactivator

currently pursuing B.S. at Notre Dame University, South Bend IN

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker

B.S. (2012) in Biomedical Sciences

MACS of Frog B cells for Studies of Antibody Isotype Heterodimerization

currently Medical Laboratory Scientist at Methodist Hospital, Houston TX



Andrea Wallace

Andrea Wallace

B.S. (2010) student in Genetics and Biochemistry

Somatic Hypermutation at Shark T Cell Receptor Loci

currently pursuing M.S. in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park MD

Heather Weir

Heather Weir

Summer Researcher (2014)

Mucosal immunity in fishes

currently pursuing B.S. in Agricultural Engineering at Tarleton State University, Stephenville TX

Rachel Wright

Rachel Wright

Ph.D. (2011) in Genetics

Role of RPGR Isoforms in Photoreceptor Generation (Co-mentored with Drs. Don Hong and Brian Perkins)

currently Instructor, Department of Biology, Texas A&M University


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