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Department of Molecular Biology

University of Wyoming

Department #3944

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3300

Fax: (307) 766-5098

Email: mbiology@uwyo.edu

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David Fay

David S. Fay, PhD.

David was born in Brooklyn New York, but then grew up – or at least grew older – in a small town in semi-rural Vermont. After nearly flunking chemistry in high school, David became a chemistry major in college, which led to an interest in biochemistry, and ultimately to a Ph.D. in molecular biochemistry and biophysics. As a graduate student David studied the single-celled organism, budding yeast, where he learned to appreciate the power of genetics. As a postdoc David fell in love with multi-cellularity and development in the form of the nematode elegans. After a number of experimental dead ends, David eventually hit on a productive line of research that he brought with him to the University of Wyoming in 2001. Although the specific research areas for the lab have changed over the years, and now encompass much more cell biology and ‘omics-based’ approaches, David’s love for the worm and the wonderful community of C. elegans scientists has remained steady. David chose to become a faculty member at Wyoming because of the opportunity to do top-notch science in a friendly small-town environment with backdoor access to the wild west. David also does a good bit of service work for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Genetics Society of America, and the Wyoming INBRE, an NIH-funded program project grant that promotes and supports biomedical research throughout the state of Wyoming. David’s current research is supported by a 5-year (2020–2025) $2.7M NIH MIRA award from the NIH and by the Wyoming INBRE.

 


 

Phil Edeen

Phil T. Edeen, Lab Manager

Phil is a lab tech/manager for the Fay Lab in the Department of Molecular Biology. A Wyoming native, Phil graduated from University of Wyoming in 1992 and then moved to San Diego where he worked in a Drosophila lab at the Salk Institute for 8 years. In 2000 he transitioned into industry where he held a variety of roles in two different companies including, technician, lab manager, safety officer, facilities manager and operations manager.
 
Phil returned to Wyoming in 2015 and has been a member of the Fay Lab since 2018.

 

 


 

Braveen Joseph

Braveen B. Joseph, Post-Doc

Braveen is a postdoctoral associate in the Fay Laboratory in the Department of Molecular Biology, at the University of Wyoming. He studies the regulation of C. elegans molting by NIMA-family kinases.

In addition, he works for the Wyoming INBRE Bioinformatics Core to assist researchers and students at UW and Wyoming’s community colleges in bioinformatics-related training and research. Braveen also works within the Wyoming INBRE to train researchers on the newly purchased super-resolution Confocal microscope.

 

 


 

Shaonil Binti

Shaonil Binti, PhD Student

Shaonil spent her childhood in six different cities and went to ten different schools in Bangladesh. Her gypsy blood makes her want to label herself as a citizen of the earth. She got her B.S. in Biotech from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. She came to Wyoming in 2018 for graduate studies. She joined the Fay lab in May 2019.

Her research involves understanding how NEKL-2 and NEKL-3 promote molting in C. elegans. Now Shaonil is focused on how catp-1, a Na+/K+ pump expressed in the hypodermis is involved in the whole molting process. Right now, she is also exploring how dauer development affects the function of NEKLs.

 


 

Alexis Robison

Alexis (Lexi) Robison, Research Associate

Lexi was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona but travelled extensively throughout her childhood. Outside the lab, she likes to hike with her dog Nala, and is passionate about photography. She hopes to take some classes at UW soon and discover what she will earn a master’s degree in, either molecular biology or biotech.

She studied for 4 years at Colorado State University and graduated with my B.S. in Microbiology in May 2019.  During her undergrad, she worked for 3.5 years as an undergraduate research assistant under Claudia Rueckert, working with mosquitoes and chikungunya, dengue, Zika, and other viruses. She then worked for a year in Reno, Nevada as a laboratory technician/manager for Claudia, continuing to work with mosquitoes and viruses, as well as cell culture and molecular biological work. She joined the Fay lab in October 2020 as a research assistant, and has been training to work with the confocal microscope for imaging and the worm microinjector.

 

 


 

Rosa Melinda

Rosa V. Melinda, Undergraduate Researcher

Rosa was born and raised in Indonesia, then moved to Wyoming in 2018 to get her B.S. in Molecular Biology. Right now, she is a junior in the Molecular Biology department, with a minor in Chemistry. Deciding that she would love to do research, especially on genetics, she joined the Fay lab in August 2019. Rosa enjoys reading, watching dramas, and listening to music during my free time.

In the lab, she is working on the expression of several molting markers, such as mlt-10 and nas-37. She also looked on potential suppressor strains for the nekl-2, nekl-3 double mutant.

 


 

Ingelin Saestad

Ingelin Saestad, Undergraduate Researcher

Ingelin is from Egersund, a small town on the south-west coast of Norway. She moved to the states for college in 2016, and will graduate with her bachelors in Molecular Biology and a chemistry minor in May 2021. In her spare time Ingelin enjoys hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skate skiing.

 

In the lab, she has been working on learning lab procedures, and will soon work on a project involving CRISPR.

 

 


 

Past Wormaholics

 

John Yochem

Aaron M. Bender

 Mingxue Cui

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Department of Molecular Biology

University of Wyoming

Department #3944

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3300

Fax: (307) 766-5098

Email: mbiology@uwyo.edu

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