Lab  Personnel

Ashley W. Seifert (PI)

Associate Professor

awseifert@uky.edu

 

Corin Hacker

Research Technician

corin.hacker@uky.edu

 

Shishir Biswas

PhD Student

shishir.biswas@uky.edu

Collaborators

Malcolm Maden (pictured left in photo with Paul Martin). Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Florida. Malcolm served as my postdoctoral adviser, mentor, tennis partner, and is a renowned regeneration and developmental biologist. Malcolm and I collaborate intellectually on multiple aspects of regeneration.  Paul Martin was instrumental in helping us inform my early work with African spiny mice and conducts wound healing and regeneration research across a broad array of animals.

Spiny mouse consortium. With more biologists adopting spiny mice to study regeneration, reproduction and behavior, a spiny mouse community has begun taking shape. With a genome sequencing project complete, we continue to expand our molecular toolbox and look forward to a lifetime of productive collaborations. Pictured at right (counterclockwise from front left) David Thybert (EBI), me, Kerstin Bartscherer (Hubrect Institute), Peter Temple-Smith (Monash University), Goncalo, Shishir Biswas, Gustavo Tiscornia (Eugin). Not pictured, Aubrey Kelly (Emory), Noga Kronfeld-Schor (Tel Aviv Univ.)

Stephen G. Kiama Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi and Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, University of Nairobi. Dr. Kiama and I are collaborating (with Vanessa Ezenwa) on research that tests how biases in immunity impacts regeneration in African spiny mice. As a visiting professor in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology I advise graduate students with Dr. Kiama working on wound healing and regeneration in mammals. We are also working together to develop opportunities that can bridge the gap between biomedical research in East Africa and the United States.

Sarah Calve (pictured at left) Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Boulder. Dr. Calve and I share an interest in how the extracellular matrix can control cell behavior in the context of development, repair and regeneration. Sarah has been developing new methods to visualize the matrix in whole embryos and in  different injury paradigms.  We are currently exploring how the extracellular matrix may control the regenerative response in African spiny mice. 

Vanessa Ezenwa Associate Professor, Odum School of Ecology and the Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. Dr. Ezenwa and I collaborate (with Dr. Kiama) to examine how inflammation and immunity affect regenerative ability in wild populations of African spiny mice. 

The Nexus Biology Group (pictured at left). Ashley W. Seifert (developmental biologist), Adrian C. Stier (community ecologist), Matthew D. Smith (behavioral and evolutionary ecologist), Bret Pasch (physiological ecologist), Francois Michonneau (evolutionary biologist) and James R. Monaghan (molecular biologist). The Nexus Biology Group is a scientific working group committed to investigating biological systems utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. Our last collaboration examined how fundamental traits  affect appendage regeneration in salamanders. We are currently brainstorming our next project. Stay tuned.

Ajoy Aloysius

Postdoctoral Scholar

aaloysius@uky.edu

Joseph Ison

Undergraduate Researcher

 

Sruthi Purushothaman

PhD Student

sruthi.p@uky.edu

Sandeep Saxena

PhD Student

sandeepsxn85@gmail.com

Fatemah Safaee

MSc Student

safaee.fatemeh@gmail.com

Derek Cox

PhD Student

Derek.Cox@uky.edu

John Kimani

PhD Student

University of Nairobi

Joe Davis

Artist/Scientist

Honorary Lab Member

ALUMNI

Jennifer Simkin (postdoc 2015-18) - Current Position; Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center

Adam Cook (MSc 2013-15) - Current Position; Journeyman, Orlando Florida

Ally Blomgren

Undergraduate Researcher

 

Ebenezer Aryee

MSc Student

Ebenezer.Aryee@uky.edu

Thomas Gawriluk (postdoc 2014-18) - Current Position; Enepret Inc., Lexington Kentucky

Luc Dunoyer (PhD student 2014-19) - Current Position; Assistant Professor, Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, North Carolina