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Senior and post-doctoral scientists

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Erika Esquivel

Research Associate,

 Lab Manager

Investigates the role of complement proteins during retina regeneration.

Modeling epigenetic modifications during

RPE reprograming

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Tracy Haynes

Research Associate, 

Teaching Professor

Courses Taught

Principles of Human Physiology (BIO 161)
Human Physiology (BIO 305)
Cell Biology (BIO 203)
Biotechnology in the 21st Century (BIO 101)

Raúl Perez-Estrada

Post Doctoral Scientist

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Jared Tangeman

Jared recently received in Ph.D studying ocular development & disease. Using the embryonic chicken, newt, and axolotl, he studies the epigenetic landscape governing the formation of ocular tissues, and how this landscape behaves in response to injury. Jared serves as the president of SACNAS at Miami University. Jared looks forward to pursuing his career at Johns Hopkins University this upcoming year. 

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Jared Tangeman

Jared recently received in Ph.D studying ocular development & disease. Using the embryonic chicken, newt, and axolotl, he studies the epigenetic landscape governing the formation of ocular tissues, and how this landscape behaves in response to injury. Jared serves as the president of SACNAS at Miami University. Jared looks forward to pursuing his career at Johns Hopkins University this upcoming year. 

Graduate student researchers

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Carlos Mario Charris Dominguez
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Stacy Bendezu

Stacy is an international scholar from Perú, she received her BSc. in Genetics and Biotechnology from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Perú), and her current focus in data science is Transcriptomics.
In addition to regenerative biology, outside of the lab, she enjoys travel and taking wildlife photography. She plans on pursuing further graduate studies in regeneration and wants to meet an axolotl in person!

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Sophie Ratvasky

Major: Biology (Undergrad class of '22)  

Sophie is studying the role of macrophages in lens regeneration in the Spanish newt.

Awards

  • Undergraduate Summer Scholars (2021)

  • DUOS (2021)

  • ARVO/SACNAS Eye and Vision Research Award

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unGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

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Katie Shuckmann

Katie is currently developing transgenic tools to induce lens regeneration in the Spanish newt.

Major: Biology, Psychology, Pre-Medical Studies

Awards:

  • Deans Scholars Award (2023)

  • Undergraduate Research Award (2023)

  • MIAMI Women Giving Circle Grant (2022)

Sofia Rebull

Major: Biology, Pre-Medical Studies, Chinese and Medical Sociology Minor

Awards:

  • Doctoral Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity (DUOS) (2022)

  • Society for Developmental Biology "Choose Development" Fellow (2023)

  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Grant (2023)

  • Miami University Career Center Internship Grant (2023)

  • Miami Family Fund Grant (2023)

  • Miami University Biology Department “William A. Browne IV Research Award” (2023)

  • Poster Presentation Award- ABRCMS Conference (2023)

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Joey Trapp

Major: Biology, Pre-Medical Studies

Awards:

  • Doctoral Undergraduate Opportunity Study (DUOS), (2023)

Lake Ernst

Lake is studying the role of the Bone Morphogenic Pathway on lens regeneration in the Spanish newt.

Major: Biology, Pre-Medical Studies

Awards:

  • Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award (2023)

  • Deans Scholars Award (2023)

  • Undergraduate Research Award (2023)

  • Beckman Scholars Program  (2022)

Abby Green

Abby is studying retinal regeneration in the Spanish newt.

Major: Chemistry, Biology,  Pre-Medical Studies

Awards:

  • C.O.L.O.R. Retreat Travel Scholarship (2023)

  • Deans Scholars Award (2023)

  • Undergraduate Research Award (2023)

  • Sharon Janosik Mitchell Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2022)

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Caroline Kennelly
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