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Featured Alumni

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Karen E. Sears

Karen E. Sears - Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Karen Sears (Evolutionary Biology, 2003) is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois' School of Integrative Biology and Institute for Genomic Biology. Her research involves the developmental mechanisms that have influenced mammals' morphological diversification. Specifically, she seeks to understand how development has been modified to generate new morphologies, and the role that development plays in influencing why certain morphologies rather than others evolve, sometimes repeatedly. Her lab works with opossums, bats, horses, pigs and mice, and her work was featured in Extreme Mammals, a national touring exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History, and in the PBS series Your Inner Fish with our own Neil Shubin

Fabiola Rivas

Fabiola Rivas - Editor

Trends in Immunology

Fabiola Rivas received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Chicago in 2003. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she transitioned into scientific editing and publishing. She worked for eleven years as a scientific editor for Cell., then, in 2013, became editor of Trends in Immunology. In this role, she recently wrote the editorial ART and immunology, introducing the journal's October special issue inspired by the recent U of C Marion Koshland Symposium on The ART of Pathogen Handling (where ART stands for Avoidance-Resistance-Tolerance).

Fabiola is one of the panelists of our myChoice kick-off event: if you can, come and listen to her in person, and ask lots of questions about her career in science communication, on October 17 at 3:30 in BSLC 115.

Gerald Wyckoff

Gerald Wyckoff   - Associate Professor

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Gerald Wyckoff (Genetics, 2000) is an associate professor at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri - Kansas City, where he has been working since 2002.

One major focus of his research has been the creation of a relational database of genomic sequences and associated information, expression information, divergence information, protein function information, and positional information. He is currently involved in bioinformatically categorizing and annotating genes from a major macaque brain cDNA sequencing effort involving research groups from both Japan and the United States. In 2013, Gerald founded Zorilla Research, LLC, a company specializing in large scale data analysis and computational methods for drug discovery.

Zorilla Research, LLC