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2021 WY INBRE Undergraduate Summer Interns

 

Nataly Beacham

Hometown: Winder, GA

Major: Molecular Biology/Neuroscience/American Sign Language

Research Lab: Dr. Ana Clara Bobadilla, Pharmacy

 


Madison Blaeser

Hometown: Bennett, CO

Major: Animal Science/American Sign Language

Research Lab: Dr. Jennifer Malmberg, Veterinary Sciences


Daniel Carillo

Hometown: Mount Vernon, WA

Major: Microbiology

Research Lab: Dr. Guanglong He, Pharmacy

 

 


Madison Davis

Hometown: Waldhelm, Canada

Major: Microbiology

Research Lab: Dr. Elizabeth Case, Veterinary Sciences

 

 


Danielle Ernste

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Major: Physiology

Research Lab: Dr. Danielle Bruns, Kinesiology & Health Sciences

 

  


gareth flowersGareth Flowers

Hometown: Powell, WY

Major: Chemical Engineering

Research Lab: Dr. John Oakey, Chemical Engineering

I am in biomedical engineering research in the Dr. John Oakey lab and am also involved in collaborative research with the Dr. Jared Bushman Lab and Dr. Todd Schoberg labs. I completed my Associate's degree from Northwest College where I worked with Eric Atkinson using the ant microbiome to learn bioinformatics and with Michael Cuddy on the development of a descriptive study of lentic water quality in the Big Horn Basin.

I like being outside, pretty much any way I can do that- anything I can do with my dog. I used to enjoy UW football games and hanging out with my friends. I also spend a little time noodling on my guitar.

 


Jack Govaerts

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Molecular Biology

Research Lab: Dr. Dan Wall, Molecular Biology

  


Taylor HatcherTaylor Hatcher

Hometown: Casper, WY

Major: Biology

Research Lab: Dr. Michael Dillon, Zoology & Physiology

I am excited to be involved in research with Dr. Michael Dillon in the Zoology & Physiology Department. The Dillon lab research focuses on physiological ecology and climate and organism physiology of insects. At UW-Casper, I worked with Dr. Dagmara Motriuk-Smith on an intrinsically disordered protein, PopZ, before transferring to UW in fall 2020. I love insects, especially bees, and would like to have my own bee colony someday. My favorite hobbies include mountain biking, catching bugs, and jumping out of planes.

 

 

  


Luis Hernandez Paredes

Hometown: Cheyenne, WY

Major: Microbiology

Research Lab: Dr. Kerry Sondgeroth, Veterinary Sciences

 


Rafael Homer

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Major: Molecular Biology/Finance

Research Lab: Dr. David Fay, Molecular Biology


Ashleigh Huss and partnerAshleigh Huss

Hometown: Findlay, OH

Major: Physiology

Research Lab: Dr. Yun Li, Zoology & Physiology

I am a physiology major and am starting research in the Dr. Yun Li lab in Zoology  & Physiology. I am looking forward to furthering my understanding of biomedical research and work towards my interest in becoming a Physician Assistant.

I am a transfer student from LCCC-Cheyenne where I worked with Dr. Marie Yearling on the Toxoplasma gondii parasite and the effect it has on different microbiomes among genetically identical mice. I was born and raised in Ohio and have lived in Wyoming for just over 3 years. When not in school, I enjoy traveling to new places and honing my photography skills.

 

 

 

 

 


Elijah McCoy

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Major: Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Research Lab: Dr. Emily Schmitt, Kinesiology & Health Sciences

 


Isabella Mijares

Hometown: Pagosa Springs, CO

Major: Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

Research Lab: Dr. Mark Guiberson, Communication Disorders

 


Payton Peterson

Hometown: Greeley, CO

Major: Chemical Engineering

Research Lab: Dr. John Oakey, Chemical Engineering and Dr. Jared Bushman, Pharmacy

 


Brandon PhillipsBrandon Phillips

Hometown: Torrington, WY

Major: Zoology

Research Lab: Dr. Guanglong He, Pharmacy

I transferred to UW with my Associate's degree from Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) where I worked in the Chris Wenzel lab on soil microbiology. I am starting my research in the Dr. Gaunglong He lab in Pharmacy and will be focusing on the effects of E-cigarette solvents on rodent lungs.

My hobbies are anime, books, and video games, and any form of fun storytelling. 

 

 

 

 


Dipesh Pokharel

Hometown:Nepal

Major: Biomedical Science/Health & Psychology/Art History & Visual Culture

Research Lab: Dr. Ana Clara Bobadilla, Pharmacy

Dipesh is a RAIN/INBRE summer internship recipient from College of Idaho, Caldwell,ID

 


Steven PoyerSteven Poyer

Hometown: Rock Springs, WY

Major: Molecular Biology

Research Lab: Dr. Grant Bowman, Molecular Biology

I am a transfer student from Western Wyoming Community College where I worked with Dr. Joshua Holmes, exploring the interactions of intrinsically disordered proteins. We developed a functional assay that could demonstrate interactions between candidate proteins and the protein we were interested in, polar organizing protein Z (PopZ). At UW, I am excited about continuing this research in the Dr. Grant Bowman lab in Molecular Biology. I will also continue to collaborate with Dr. Holmes at WWCC. My plan is to continue research in a doctoral program, and my interest is in biotechnology.

 

 

 


ingelin saestadIngelin Sæstad

Hometown: Egersund, Norway

Major: Molecular Biology

Research Lab: UW Science Kitchen, Space Grant Consortium/INBRE

I am Ingelin Egeli Sæstad from Norway and did a lab rotation in the Dr. David Fay lab in Molecular Biology where we used a nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism. Before transferring to UW, I worked with Dr. John Chase at Casper College on community-associated antibiotic-resistant genes in the resistome. I will graduate in May 2021 with a molecular biology degree and begin my studies in Secondary Education at UW. I currently work in the UW Science Kitchen on K12 outreach.

My outside interests are hiking, biking, and kayaking.

 

 

 


abigail mariah savilleAbigail (Mariah) Saville

Hometown: Powell, WY

Major: Biology

Research Lab: Dr. Kerry Sondgeroth, Veterinary Sciences

I am a transfer student from Northwest College where I worked with Eric Atkinson in the field and lab. At UW, I would like to gain research experience that will help me towards my goal of entering graduate research and a career in marine biology. I am starting my research journey in the Dr. Kerry Sondgeroth lab in Veterinary Sciences.

Some of my hobbies are reading, drawing, swimming, and playing with my pets. I have a cat named Tori and a dog named Puffy.

 

 

 

 


 

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