The University of Chicago

Featured Alumni

We are exceptionally proud of the diverse achievements of our alumni: if you are a previous student, we would be thrilled to hear from you! Send us your latest news to inspire our current and prospective students, and come back often to learn about your fellow alumni.

Kathleen E. Cullen

Kathleen E. Cullen - Professor

McGill University

Kathleen E. Cullen (Committee on Neurobiology, 1991) has been faculty in the Department of Physiology at McGill University since 1994, and William Dawson Chair in recognition of her work in Neuroscience since 2002.

Kathy's research expertise lies in understanding the coding strategies that the brain uses to create neural representations of self-motion. She studies how the brain combines information from the vestibular sensors with extra-vestibular cues (visual, touch, motor) to estimate self-motion to ensure accurate motor control and postural stability. To learn more, consult her webpage and read her Scholarpedia article

vestibular labyrinth a la Andy Warhol
Molly Duman Scheel

Molly Duman Scheel - Associate Professor

Indiana University School of Medicine

Molly Duman Scheel (Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, 1999) studies developmental genetics in mosquito vectors of human disease. In particular, Molly and her group are researching the dengue vector mosquito Aedes aegypti as an emerging model for the study of mosquito development (the full text of an article on this topic, published in Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, is available at PMC). Their efforts to characterize mosquito development may promote the elucidation of tools to target vector mosquitoes before they are disease-transmitting adults.

Aedes Aegypti
Michael Alfaro

Michael Alfaro - Associate Professor

University of California Los Angeles

Michael Alfaro (Evolutionary Biology, 2000) studies biodiversity and macroevolution of fishes and other vertebrates. He is currently engaged in reconstructing and analyzing a massive new phylogeny of all fishes to test when and how the spectacular radiation of vertebrates arose. Mike is developing new phylogenomic techniques based upon sequence capture of DNA ultra-conserved elements that enable the creation of phylogenetic data sets with thousands of loci across all major fish lineages. Want to learn more? Check out his lab's website, and enjoy the stunning images (Mike has an artistic background, and it shows!)

Fish phylogenetic tree