Audrey L. Atkin:Lab Members

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Principal Investigator

Audrey L. Atkin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Graduate Students

Daniel Gutzmann
School of Biological Sciences, UNL Ph.D. program

Undergraduate Students

Gabe Conant
Biological Sciences at UNL

Brigid Toomey
Biological Sciences major at UNL

Lydia Storm
Biochemistry major at UNL

Research projects are available for undergraduate students who are willing to commit to making research their top priority after their courses. Interested students please contact Dr. Atkin by email. You should explain: (1) what you find interesting about the research done in the Atkin lab, and (2) your long term goals.

Young Nebraska Scholars

Hannah O'Neill
Southwest High School, Lincoln

Alumni (updates on your current status are welcome!!)

Former Post Doctoral Researchers
Bessie Kebaara, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Baylor University.
Euna (Esther) Choi, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology, Union University
Krista Patefield, Ph.D.

Former Graduate Students
Christina Shields, M.S. 2000. Transgenic, Omaha NE
Ryan Bell, M.S. 2000. Masters Swim Coach at LifeTime Athletic, Former Officer in the U.S. intelligence community and Microbiologist at the American Registry of Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
Rachel Taylor, M.S. 2002. Senior Technical Consultant at Siemens Healthcare.
Bessie Kebaara, Ph.D. 2002. Associate Professor, Baylor University.
Ann Hou, M.S. 2004. Biosite Inc., San Diego, CA
Melanie Langford, Ph.D. 2010. Associate Professor, Florida Southern College
Krista Patefield, Ph.D. 2016.
Jessica Hargarten, Ph.D. 2016.
Katie Meinders, Ph.D. 2023.

Former Undergraduate Students

Tara Nazarenus (formerly Hewitt) - B.S. University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Research Technician.
Natasha Burgert (formerly Mohlman) - M.D. University of Nebraska Medical College. Pediatrician.
Rebecca Cederberg - B. S. University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Research Analyst Physiology Technician.
Elena Prieto
Vita Vock - Ph.D. Neuroscience 2007 from the University of Texas at Austin. Now the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at George Mason University
Heather Jacobson - R.N. University of Nebraska Medical College.
Kristopher Abrahamson
Aaron Epps - M.A. University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Biological Systems Engineer and Facilities Manager.
Amanda Klemm (Formerly Forch) - Pharm.D. University of Nebraska Medical College. Pharmacist.
Alexis Haifley, Medicine
Ashley Drake (Formerly Jones) - M.D. University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dermatology Specialist.
Kate Stoysich - Owner/Farmer/Energy Manager, Midplains Produce; Crop Insurance Agent, Midplains Ad; Musician
Jaspreet Kaur, Dentistry
Audrey Tapprich - P.T. University of Nebraska Medical College. Physical Therapist.
Joseph Cheatle - M.D. University of Nebraska Medical College. Surgeon.
Jenny Heim - M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Resident in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health.
Marcus Kotalik
Rena Yamanaka - B.S. University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Rachel Uhrenholdt
Samuel Erb - M.S. University of Nebraska Medical College, Ph.D. Student in the Biopharmaceutical Sciences program at the University of Illinois.
Kingsley Okafor - M.D. University of Nebraska Medical College, Resident in Ophthalmology.
Chris Cummings - MD/Ph.D. Student at the University of Colorado.
Rachel Gubbels - PA-C. University of Nebraska Medical College. Certified Physicians Assistant.
Akim Faisal - REU Summer 2009. M.S. Mechanical Engineering Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Engineer.
Narmin Tahirova - Ph.D. Student Columbia University.
Benjamin Kotopka - REU Summer 2010, Ph.D. Student at Stanford University.
Jeff Bunker - MD/Ph.D. Student at University of Chicago.
Elizabeth Marta - REU Summer 2011, Biochemistry major, University of California, Davis.
Alexandro Marquez - REU Summer 2013, Post-Bachelor Student, University of California, San Diego.
Alyssa Baclig - REU Summer 2014, Undergraduate student at California State University, San Bernardino.
JaeRam Lee - B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Reid Johnson - Medical Laboratory Technician.
Lesly Garcia - Legal Assistant Burke Brown Law, LLC.
Aliya Kunikeeva - Research Analyst at NRC Health.
Garin Newcomb - Senior Design Engineer at EF Johnson Technologies, Inc.
Devin Larsen - Lay Student at Georgetown University Law Center.
Hannah O'Neill
Gunner Noordhoek
Anna Barent - MD Student at University of Nebraska Medical College.
Mahnoor Javaid - O.D./M.S. Student in a physiological optics/vision science dual degree program at the University of Houston College of Optometry.
Maryan Myhaylyshun - Student at University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Jessica Price
Arial Moats - Graduate Research Assistant at University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Prenav Ojha - Graduate Student at Brandeis University.
Makayla Champoux