Karl Petersen

Graduate Program: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Department
Co-advised by David D. Thomas 

Research Interests:
Myosin. What else?

Ashley Arthur

PhD candidate- Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics

MS candidate- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Research Interests:
Ashley is interested in how filopodia initiate from the cell cortex, and how MythFERM myosin in concert with VASP and other actin binding proteins facilitate filopodia initiation. She is also interested in building stochastic models of biological processes and she runs a ‘Girls Who Code’ Club at the University of MN. 


Hilary Bauer

Junior Scientist

Former Lab Members 

Graduate Students:

  • Stacy Buchholz, MBS - Microbiologist at Medtronic
  • Laura Breshears, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota
  • Sean Galdeen, PhD - Microimaging Specialist at Olympus
  • Jeff Baker, PhD - Senior Scientist in Product Development at BD Diagnostic Systems
  • Shunji Senda, PhD - Deputy General Manager at the Kanto Chemical Company
  • Kris Novak, PhD - Science Editor for Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Post Doctoral Fellows:

  • Shellie Kieke, PhD - Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Concordia University (St. Paul, MN)
  • Richard Tuxworth, PhD - Research Associate at the MRC Center for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College
  • Joe Kelleher, PhD - Senior Scientist at Novartis
  • Neal Gilksman, PhD - Senior Application Specialist at Molecular Devices
  • Michelle Peterson, PhD - Associate Professor at the Science and Mathematics Division in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Chi M. Fong, PhD, MBA - Healthcare Consultant 


  • Zoe Henrot, BS - Artistic Director and Company Dancer at Saint Paul Ballet Company
  • Chi M. Fong, PhD, MBA - Healthcare Consultant 
  • Allison MacLean, BS - Assistant Scientist at the University of Minnesota Biomedical Genomics Center
  • Hannah Irwin, BS - Junior Scientist at the University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design 
  • Nicholas Sander, BS, MS - Research Scientist at BioAmber Inc. 
  • Kemi Awoyinka, BS - Junior Scientist at the University of Minnesota GCD department
  • Daniel Johnsrud, MD - Internal Medicine Resident at Mayo Clinic
  • Sinziana Cornea, BS - Medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Anne Heun, MS - Genetic Counselor at Iowa Health in Des Moines, Iowa

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