Department Alumni

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology has a strong history of providing outstanding training environments for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists. Many of our trainees have gone on to positions at prestigious educational or commercial institutions. The following list provides information about alumni who have trained in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

AlumniRoleYear of GraduationMentorCurrent Position/
Neal Alcalay PhD Student  2008 Gregory Vanden Heuvel UT Southwestern Medical Center
Anastasiia Aleksandrova  PhD Student Brenda Rongish
Melinda Arnett PhD Student  2007 Doug Wright Vanderbilt University
Shachi Bhatt PhD Student Paul Trainor Stowers Institute 
Sara Billings MA Student   Hiroshi Nishimune Stanford Univ. School of Medicine, Research Assistant
Rachel Buckley PhD Student  2008 Robb Krumlauf  
Naomi Butler MD/PhD Student 2015 (PhD) Paul Trainor KUMC, Medical Student
Shuyi Chen PhD Student  2007 Ting Xie  
Jie Chen, MD. Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow  2008-2012 Hiroshi Nishimune  Residency, the Neuropathology fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis
Rajani Choudhuri, Ph.D. Res. Asst. Prof. 1999-2001 Nancy Berman Staff Fellow National Cancer Institute
Gwenaelle Clarke, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow  2011-2012 Hiroshi Nishimune  Private Corporation
Jennifer (Crane) Dennis PhD Student 2008 Paul Trainor South West Missouri University, Faculty
Mary-Lee Dequeant PhD Student 2006 Olivier Pourquie
Raul Diaz PhD Student 2012 Paul Trainor La Sierra University, CA
Lisa Felzien, Ph.D. Res. Asst. Prof. 1998-1999 Robert Klein/ Nancy Berman Asst. Prof. Rockhusrt Univ. Kansas City, MO
Paul Freeburg, Ph.D. PhD Student 2000-2004 Dale Abrahamson Postdoctoral Fellow,
Dept. of Medicine,
Children's Hospital and
Harvard Medical School, Boston
Ashleigh Fritz PhD Student 2014 Matt Gibson
Rohan Gandhi PhD Student 2006 Doug Wright Vertex Pharma, Inc.
Jean Graham, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow 1980-1981 Hazel Murphy /Nancy Berman
Simon Grant, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow 1985-1987 Nancy Berman Professor of Optometry London UK
City University London
Anna Groover PhD Student 2014 Douglas Wright Bio Med Valley Discoveries
Caleb Grote PhD/MD Student 2015 Douglas Wright KUMC, Medical Student
Brianne Guillford PhD Student  2015 Douglas Wright Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Dale Hogan, Ph.D. PhD Student 1988-1992 Nancy Berman Research Technician Galveston TX
Dave Hout PhD Student Ed Stephens Private Corporation
Megan (Dunn) Jack MD/PhD Student  2013 Doug Wright Univ. Kansas Med Center
J. Kelly Johnson, Ph.D. Res. Asst. Prof. 1994-1997 Nancy Berman Instructor Univ. Kansas Lawrence
Megan Johnson PhD Student 2008 Doug Wright Univ. Missouri Columbia
Natalie Katz MD/PhD Student 2014, PhD Doug Wright KUMC, Medical Student
Christina Kaiser PhD Student 2005 Dianne Durham Boston, MA
Hope Karnes-Nicely MD/PhD 2009 Dianne Durham Washington Univ. St. Louis, resident
Stefanie Kennon-McGill PhD Student 2014 Dianne Durham Washington University, St. Louis
Daniel Kirilly PhD Student 2006 Ting Xie Postdoctoral fellow, Singapore
Douglas R. Labar, M.D., Ph.D. MD/PhD Student 1977-1981 Hazel Murphy/ Nancy Berman Head, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Cornell Medical Center, New York
Caitlin Linscheid MD/PhD Student 2015, PhD Peggy Petroff KUMC, Medical Center
Dazhi Liu PhD Student Ting Xie
Chris Liverman MD/PhD 2008 Nancy Berman Univ. California San Francisco
Jinping Luo, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow William H. Kinsey
Xing Ma MD/PhD Student PhD (2014) Ting Xie KUMC, Medical Student
Ramsey McIntiner PhD Student Joan Hunt San Francisco
Takafumi Mizushige, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow  2007-2009 Hiroshi Nishimune  Utsunomiya University, Japan, Associate Prof.
Michelle Muessel, Ph.D. PhD Student 1998-2002 Robert Klein/ Nancy Berman Postdoctoral Fellow Research Triangle Park NC
Karra (Jones) Muller MD/PhD  2008 Doug Wright UCSD, Pathology, Resident
Binu Paul PhD  Student  2011 Gregory Vanden Heuvel Mayo Clinic, Postdoctoral fellow
Bertram R. Payne, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow 1979-1984 Nancy Berman was Prof. Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University - deceased
Helen E. Pearson, Ph.D. PhD Student 1980-1984 Hazel Murphy/ Nancy Berman Assoc. Prof. Temple Univ. Philadelphia
School of Medicine
Antoine Perchellet PhD Postdoctoral fellow Margaret Petroff
Erica D. Perryn PhD Student 2006 Charles D. Little Univ. Missouri Kansas City, Research associate
Angela Pierce PhD Student 2015 Julie Christianson
Veena Puri, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow 2002- Nancy Berman Postdoctoral fellow KUMC
Barry Robert, DVM, Ph.D.
Res. Asst. Prof. 1998-2001 Dale Abrahamson Asst Director,
Laboratory Animal Facilities
Univ. Missisissippi Sch Med
Robert Rogers, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow 2015-2017 Hiroshi Nishimune Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Assistant Prof.
Autumn Ruiz PhD Student 2010 Edward Stephens  
Paul A. Rupp, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow 1998-2003 Charlie Little Research Associate,
Stowers Medical Research Institute
Sally Salah PhD Student 2014 Katherine Swenson-Fields Postdoctoral Fellow, KUMC
Rajat Sandhir, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow 2003-2004 Nancy Berman Faculty, biochemistry Punjab University Chandigar India
Kimberly Schmitt PhD Student   Edward Stephens  
Lynette Sheffield, Ph.D. PhD Student 1992-1998 Nancy Berman Research Instructor Brooklyn NY
Elizabeth Taglauer MD/PhD Student 2009 Margaret Petroff  Pratt Pediatrics, Boston
Christopher Tanzie MD/PhD Student 2011 Ting Xie  
Michael Taylor, Ph.D.
PhD Student 1997-2004 Doug Wright Postdoctoral Fellow,
Dept. Physiology,
KU Med
Gregory Vanden Heuvel Associate Prof 2001-2012   Chair and Professor of Biology, Wheaton College
Lydia Vermeer Postdoctoral Fellow Nancy Berman Xenotech, Lenexa, KS
Su Wang PhD Student 2015 Ting Xie
Bryce Warren PhD Student 2014 Peggy Petroff
Kristin Watt PhD Student 2016 Paul Trainor Postdoctoral Fellow, Stowers Institute
Mary E. Wilkes, Ph.D. PhD Student 1983-1989 Nancy Berman Veterinarian Philadelphia area
Min Yao Ting Xie
Chi Yong, M.D. Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow 1996-2000 Nancy Berman Resident, Rehab. Medicine\
Veronica Zaga-Clavelina, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow Joan S. Hunt
Yi Zhou Ting Xie Postdoctoral Fellow, Stowers Institute

Last modified: Sep 21, 2017