People

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Kayly Lembke, PhD

Title/Position
President (2019-)
Kayly completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Scripps College in 2010. She then started her graduate training with Dr. David B. Morton at Oregon Health & Science University, where she studied the interaction of TDP-43, an ALS-associated protein, with type-II voltage-gated calcium channels in Drosophila melanogaster. She completed her Ph.D. in 2017 and, in 2018, became a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with Dr. Andy Frank in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Celine Baguenard, PhD

Title/Position
College of Engineering Representative (2013-2014)

Fan Bai, PhD

Title/Position
Attendee of UIPDA Organizational Meetings (2010-2011)

Katrina Bogan, PhD

Title/Position
Carver College of Medicine Representative (2012-2013)
Marie Breen

Marie E. Breen, PhD

Title/Position
President (2015-2016)

Lauren Bruno, PhD

Title/Position
Awards Committee Member (2019-)
Natalija Budimir

Natalija Budimir, PhD

Title/Position
Carver College of Medicine Representative (2016-2017)
Maggie Chorazy

Margaret (Maggie) Chorazy, MPH, PhD

Title/Position
President (2011-2012)
(Surrogate) College of Pharmacy Representative (2011-2012)
(Surrogate) College of Public Health Representative (2011-2012)
Lead Attendee of UIPDA Organizational Meetings (2010-2011)
Rachel Cole

Rachel Cole, PhD

Title/Position
Awards Committee Member (2019-)
Rachel Cole, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Narayanan Lab within the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2018 from the lab of Dr. Michelle Voss in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa. Rachel’s research focuses on changes in cognition that occur during healthy aging, as well as cognitive impairments that occur in certain age-related diseases like Parkinson’s disease. Rachel chairs the UIPDA Awards Committee. Outside of research, Rachel enjoys teaching Zumba fitness classes, playing with her cats, and exploring the Iowa City area.
Katie Corum

Katie Corum, PhD

Title/Position
College of Pharmacy Representative (2017-2018)
Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford, PhD

Title/Position
Vice-President (2013-2014)

Poppy Datta, PhD

Title/Position
Attendee of UIPDA Organizational Meetings (2010-2011)

Dima Decker, PhD

Title/Position
Attendee of UIPDA Organizational Meetings (2010-2011)
Kevin Dibbern

Kevin Dibbern, PhD

Title/Position
Awards Committee Member (2019-)

Nirmal Dutta, PhD

Title/Position
Attendee of UIPDA Organizational Meetings (2010-2011)

Anas Eid, PhD

Title/Position
Attendee of UIPDA Organizational Meetings (2010-2011)
Rebecca Fagan

Rebecca (Becky) Fagan, PhD

Title/Position
Co-President (2012-2013)
Secretary/Treasurer (2012-2013)
Carol Fischer

Carol Fischer, PhD

Title/Position
College of Dentistry Representative (2014-2015)
Shuhua Fu

Shuhua Fu, PhD

Title/Position
At-Large Representative (2017-2018)

Daniel D. Gall, PhD

Title/Position
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Representative (2012-2013)
Phillip Gander

Philip Gander, PhD

Title/Position
President (2013-2014)
Dina Garcia

Dina Garcia, PhD

Title/Position
Vice-President (2017-2018)
College of Dentistry Representative (2016-2017)
Gurman Gill

Gurman Gill, PhD

Title/Position
Secretary/Treasurer (2014-2015)
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Nicole Green, PhD

Title/Position
Vice-President (2019-)
Social Outreach Committee Member (2019-)
Professional Development Committee Member (2019-)
Nicole Green, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Tootle Lab in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the Carver College of Medicine. A lifelong Drosophila biologist, Nicole completed her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Kansas State University under the mentorship of Dr. Erika R. Geisbrecht. She currently is using the Drosophila ovary to understand the fundamental roles of prostaglandin signaling and nuclear actin in stem cell biology and is a proud member of the Flyowa community. Nicole is the Vice President of UIPDA, the Social Committee Chair/social media manager, and the postdoc rep for the UI Research Council. She is also very involved with the Genetics Society of America and serves on the GSA Education Committee. Outside of research, Nicole enjoys playing piano, maintaining her extensive houseplant collection, and trying to juggle her many book clubs.
Andrea Gutman

Annie Gutman, PhD

Title/Position
President (2016-2017)
Cara Hamann

Cara Hamann, PhD

Title/Position
President (2014-2015)
College of Public Health Representative (2013-2014)

Candis Hill, PhD

Title/Position
College of Education Representative (2014-2015)
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Andrew Jezewski

Andrew Jezewski, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Krysan Lab in the Stead Family Department Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. Andrew completed his Ph.D. work characterizing mechanisms of antimalarial drug resistance and investigating antiglycolytic therapies for the treatment of malaria under the mentorship of Audrey John at Washington University in Saint Louis. His current work aims to understand the role of carbon dioxide tolerance as a requirement for cryptococcal virulence. Andrew is the Chair of the UIPDA Policy and Advocacy Committee. Outside of research, Andrew enjoys tending to his greenhouse and garden, college football, biking, and being outdoors.
Lu Kang

Lu Kang, PhD

Title/Position
Carver College of Medicine Representative (2011-2012)
Attendee of UIPDA Organizational Meetings (2010-2011)

Kikikipa Kretzer, PhD

Title/Position
College of Nursing Representative (2012-2013)