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Current Members

Principal Investigator


Susan R. Wente

Professor| Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs| B.S. Biochemistry, University of Iowa| Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Cell and Developmental Biology| | |

Senior Personnel


T. Renee Dawson, Ph.D.

Senior Research Specialist| B.A. Biology, Berea College| Ph.D. Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Vanderbilt University

Personal Interests: playing with my pets, gardening, and checking out Nashville’s fantastic music venues.


Aaron Mason, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist| B.A. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Chemistry, Cornell College| Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Iowa


Manisha Sharma, Ph.D.

Research Instructor| B.S. Botany, University of Delhi| Ph.D. Biotechnology, University of South Wales

Personal Interests: My favorite things are adventures with my family and cooking.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Laura Glass, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow| B.Sc Pharmacology, University of Manchester| Ph.D. Institute of Cancer Research

Personal Interests: Sightseeing, concert-going and having all around good times with friends


Chris Lord, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow| B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor| Ph.D. Cell Biology, University of California at San Diego

Personal Interests: I’m an avid tennis player and TV junkie.

Undergraduate Researchers

Joshua Lin

Undergraduate researcher

    Ryan R. Smith

    Undergraduate Researcher, Cell and Developmental Biology