Alumni



RUTH SCEGO



Undergraduate Researcher
rrscego@tamu.edu

Studied the use of gene conversion to diversify cattle Ig heavy chain repertoire

B.S. Nutrition Sciences DPD, Texas A&M University
Christian Mitchell

CHRISTIAN MITCHELL



Associate Scientist for Molecular Templates
cmitchell@cvm.tamu.edu

Studied thymic evolution using nurse sharks as a model organism

M.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Central Arkansas


ASHLEY MARCHAND



Ph.D. student in Genetics
ashmarch@tamu.edu

Currently works at Dallas IVF

B.S. Genetics, Texas A&M University


SUJAY SHANKAR



Undergraduate Researcher
sujayshankar@utexas.edu

Studying applications of microfluidics for B cell repertoire analysis

B.S.E. Bioengineering & Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas (Austin)
Brooke Norwood

BROOKE NORWOOD



M.S. (non-thesis) in Biotechnology (Engineering Dept)

B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
Kelly Head

KELLY HEAD



M.S. Student (thesis) in Biomedical Sciences
khead@cvm.tamu.edu

B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University (with Spanish certification)


BRUNA DIAS



M.S. Student Intern
bru.c.diias@gmail.com

Studying the evolution of immunogenetics in aquatic mammals during the colonization of new environments

M.S. Student, UNICAMP, Brazil
B.S. Biological Sciences, PUC-Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Thad Deiss

THAD DEISS



Ph.D. Candidate in Veterinary Pathobiology

Studying the immunogenetic plasticity of shark and cow lymphocyte antigen receptors

B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
Jenna Harrison

JENNA HARRISON



Research Assistant

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences

Conducts research on gamma, delta, and beta somatic hypermutation
Aldo Arvizu Flores

ALDO ARVIZU FLORES



Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor, University of Sonora, Mexico

Teleost Fish Immune Anatomy, Molecular Biology and Transcriptomics

Bachelor of Engineering (Biotechnology), Instituto Technologico de Sonora
M.S. Biochemistry, Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo, Hermosillo, Sonora
Ph.D. Structural Chemistry, Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo, Hermosillo, Sonora
Troy Lobue

TROY LOBUE



Non-Thesis Master's Student
Rolando Gomez

ROLANDO GOMEZ



Master's Student (non-thesis) in Biomedical Sciences

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University
Alex Bass

ALEX BASS



Undergraduate Researcher
Dr. Bre Breaux

DR. BRE BREAUX



Ph.D. Veterinary Pathobiology

Currently, Bre is a post-doctoral student at Stanford.

Ph.D. Veterinary Pathobiology (Dissertation: Amazonian and West Indian Manatee Immunogenetics)
B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station TX


KATIE BROCK



Undergraduate Researcher
Natalie Castell

NATALIE CASTELL



Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program

Fluorescent in situ hybridization of AID/TRA in nurse shark tissue

Won a Zoetis scholarship!
https://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/for-deans-corner/april-2018/texas-am-students-receive-zoetis-veterinary-student-scholarships
Courtney Caster

COURTNEY CASTER



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

Studying the 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

KATIE CERAMI



Non-thesis Master's Student

M.S. Student in Biomedical Sciences/Veterinary Pathobiology
Pat Chen

PAT CHEN



Lab Manager and Research Associate

Ig-TCR transrearrangement in shark, cattle serology, shrimp immunogenomics, cognoscente of molecular techniques, trainer of everyone, expeditor of all projects

B.S. Biology, Fu-Jen University, Taipei Taiwan
M.S. Microbiology/Virology, University of Illinois, Urbana IL
Finally retired in 2016. We will miss you, Pat!
Rebecca Daniel

REBECCA DANIEL



Directed Studies

Shark fluorescent in situ hybridization of AID/ RAG /T cell receptors

Currently working towards BS at Texas A&M University
Christina Du, D.V.M.

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 at Scott and White Hospitals, Temple TX
Ellen Duckworth

ELLEN DUCKWORTH



Veterinary Intern Instructor in Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Immunogenetics of pathology in marine mammal populations

B.S. Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK
D.V.M., Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Currently an associate small animal veterinarian in Yukon, Oklahoma


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, D.V.M.

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


ASHLEY HEARD-GANIR



Student in D.V.M Program and Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program

Elephant shark TCR alpha locus immunogenetics

B.S. Marine Science, University of Hawaii - Hilo
Chris Hong

CHRIS HONG



Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2012

Bioinformatics of Shrimp Immunogenomics

Currently a 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
Natalie Jacobs

NATALIE JACOBS



Thesis M.S. Student

Xenopus antibody repertoire

B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
Currently working at MD Anderson in Houston, TX
Aditi Kaushik

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

Received Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University, College Station TX, 2016
Currently a post-doctoral student at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
Ana Paola López Reyes Guerrero

ANA PAOLA LÓPEZ REYES GUERRERO



Visiting scholar from the University of Sonora, Mexico


TATIANA MAIA DE OLIVIERA



Visiting scholar from Federal University of Pará, Brazil

Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology, Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil, Toll-like receptor in manatees. M.S. in Biotechnology, Federal University of Sergipe (UFS), Brazil
Professional M.S. in Sustainable use natural resources in Tropical Regions from Vale Institute of Technology Sustainable Development, ITVDS, Brazil
B.S. Biology, University Tiradentes, Sergipe, Brazil
Sara Mashoof, D.V.M.

SARA MASHOOF, D.V.M.



Ph.D. (2014) in Veterinary Microbiology

Tadpole thymectomy and mucosal humoral immunity in Xenopus and tuna
Post-doctoral Researcher in the laboratory of Moriya Tsuji, The Rockefeller University, New York NY

Currently in Houston, TX
Naomi McCauley

NAOMI McCAULEY



High School/ Undergraduate Researcher

Mucosal humoral immunity in fish
Graduated from A&M Consolidated HS; student in Mr. Matt Young's Advanced Biotechnology class
Currently at Texas A&M University working towards a B.S.
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


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

“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
Madeleine Pohlmann

MADELEINE POHLMANN



Undergraduate Researcher

Currently pursuing a BS in Biomedical Sciences and a certificate in Biomedical Research and Development (graduating May 2018)


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) in Toxicology

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

Currently Post-doctoral researcher in the laboratory of Tim Phillips, Texas A&M University
Received her DABT certification (American Board of Toxicology), 2016
Alex Salazar

ALEX SALAZAR



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

Immunotoxicology of iron cyclophanes

Currently finishing Ph.D., University of Sonora, Hermosillo Mexico

CONNELLY SEARS



Undergraduate Researcher
Stacie Seelye

STACIE SEELYE



M.S. Student and Resident in Comparative Medicine

Phylogeny of chimeric antigen receptors

B.S. Microbiology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins CO
M.B.A. Colorado State University, Ft. Collins CO
D.V.M., Colorado State University, Ft. Collins CO
M.S. Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

Currently staff veterinarian at Charles River Labs in Reno, NV.
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
Kehan Vohra

KEHAN VOHRA



Undergraduate Researcher
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

M.S. in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics at the University of Maryland, College Park MD, 2014

Currently teaching Biology at Lonestar College in Houston
Heather Weir

HEATHER WEIR



Summer Researcher (2014)

Now attending PA school at UTMB Galveston
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
Matt Young

MATT YOUNG



Aquatic Science, Biotechnology and Advanced Biotechnology Teacher A&M Consolidated High School and AAI Summer Research Fellow

Mucosal immunity in fishes, pedagogical techniques for immunology in high school

B.S. Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station TX

Currently at Emergency Services Training Institute in College Station, TX

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