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Katherine W. Rogers, Ph.D.

Lead Investigator, Unit on Developmental Signaling
Phone: 301-451-2633

Katherine obtained a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wyoming, where she used C. elegans to study developmental genetics in Dr. David S. Fay’s lab. She then joined Alexander F. Schier’s lab at Harvard University for her Ph.D. work focusing on the role of the Nodal/Lefty activator/inhibitor system in germ layer patterning. For her postdoctoral research she joined Patrick Müller’s group at the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, where she examined signaling molecule movement and signaling interpretation in zebrafish embryos.  

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William K. Anderson, B.S.

Research Specialist, Unit on Developmental Signaling
Phone: 301-873-2942

Will obtained a B.S. in Marine Biology and in Aquaculture from the Florida Institute of Technology, where he studied fish and invertebrate biology and aquaculture. He then went on to work at NIH’s Shared Zebrafish Facility, where he performed husbandry, health management, and evaluative projects for the zebrafish colony there.

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Allison J. Saul, B.S.

Post-baccalaureate Fellow, Unit on Developmental Signaling

Allison obtained a B.S. in Molecular and Microbiology from the University of Wyoming, where she studied developmental genetics using C. elegans in Dr. David S. Fay’s lab. Using the sibling subtraction method as described in Joseph et al. 2018, she identified causal mutations that suppressed nekl-2;nekl-3 double mutants under the supervision of Phil Edeen. 

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Leanne E. Iannucci, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral researcher, Unit on Developmental Signaling

Leanne obtained a B.S. in Biological Engineering and M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University where she worked in Dr. Lawrence Bonassar’s lab developing a collagen-based tissue engineering platform to recreate the bony attachment site (enthesis) of the knee meniscus. She then joined Dr. Spencer Lake’s lab at Washington University in St. Louis for her Ph.D. work where she developed and validated a polarized light-based imaging modality for real-time evaluation of collagen structure in musculoskeletal soft tissues, like tendon and ligament.

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Selvaraj Velanganni, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral visiting fellow, Unit on Developmental Signaling

Selvaraj obtained a B.Sc. in CBZ (Chemistry, Botany, Zoology) and an M.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Mysore where he learned the basics of Genetics and Developmental Biology using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. He worked in Dr. Shyamala’s lab as well as Dr. Krishna’s lab on two different projects involving the model organism D. melanogaster. Then he joined Kirankumar’s lab at SRM Institute of Science and Technology for his Ph.D. in Genetic Engineering focusing on developing different strategies to enhance the CRISPR-Cas9 targeted mutagenesis in zebrafish.

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Catherine E. Rogers, B.S.

Graduate Student, Unit on Developmental Signaling, NIH – Johns Hopkins University Graduate Partnership Program

Catherine obtained a B.S. in Bioengineering from Stanford University. During her undergraduate studies, she researched planarian regeneration in Bo Wang’s lab and acorn worm body plan development in Chris Lowe’s lab. She then joined the Unit on Developmental Signaling as a postbac and began testing optogenetic signaling activators in zebrafish embryos. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the NIH-JHU GPP.


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Daria Lukasz, Ph.D.

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