Lab Alumni

Rachael Workman earned her Bachelors in Biology from West Virginia State University, Masters from Portland State in Oregon, and worked as a summer research assistant at Cornell and Oregon State Universities. After graduate school she farmed for a season in Maine, and is excited to be back in the lab as the tech for the Timp Lab. In her spare time she cares lovingly for her many plants, collects more books than she could ever hope to read in her lifetime and plays her euphonium (it’s like a small tuba, don’t feel bad, no one else has heard of it either).


Stephanie Hao was a Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering. Her work mainly involved infectious disease sequencing on the Illumina MiSeq and Oxford Nanopore MinION. She enjoys reading and experimenting with foods, and on rare occasions can be caught humming tunes from random musicals.


Allison Nice graduated from UCSC in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, then worked for a year in cell culture development at Genentech in South San Francisco. She worked as a lab tech in the Timp lab, while completing classes for her Master’s degree in Biotechnology. She has since returned to Genentech in California.


Alannah Lejeune graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She has no interests nor hobbies, but enjoys collecting rare and exotic animals and traveling by freight train to escape her problems (which are numerous and crippling). Her work primarily involved preparing bisulfite treated next generation sequencing libraries to examine differential methylation. In the future, she hopes to have a job, or failing that, a small speed boat. She now works in the Baron Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC.


MacIntosh (Tosh) Cornwell graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering. With the very little time he has that is not spent in lab or class, he enjoys playing basketball, binge watching Netflix, and occasionally sailing away on pirate adventures. He worked on a couple projects in lab, the first of which was based in image analysis where he was a part of the creation of a modular code that will be used to analyze fluorescently tagged images such as FISH data and quantify the location and amount of genetic material in the nucleus. He was also involved with the development of next generation sequencing techniques in lab and the creation and implementation of a novel ChIP process. After college he hopes to earn an MD/PhD and become a physician scientist who sees patients and has a lab of his own. He now works in the Brown Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

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Skyler Uhl graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology. His work in lab focuses on the production of proteins to be used for experiments in lab using mammalian cell lines. More recently, he has begun work on the use of ChIP to determine the binding locations of these proteins of interest along the human genome, as well as the effect of mutagenesis and methylation on the binding capacity of protein to these sites. In the future Skyler intends to pursue a PhD and career in research. He now works in the Rosenberg Lab at Rockefeller University in NYC.


Gabriel Deards graduated with a MSE in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. His experiments were designed to examine the binding affinity of endonucleases for DNA sequences in vitro. He has the memory of a dead trout, and is often mistaken for Harry Potter. Neither of these things bother him. In the future, people will still find him perplexing.


Amber Velasco graduated with her B.S. in BME in 2016.. Her work primarily focused on mutagenesis and developing ways to methylate desired regions of the genome in order to further study its effects on certain conditions. She plans on either going to graduate school for BME or pursuing an M.D. to eventually incorporate her work as a BME and help improve people’s quality of life.


Rohil Malpani is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. He was born and raised in Kolkata, India. He gained wet-lab experience in the Timp lab and working on ATAC-seq(assay for transposase-accessible chromatin using sequencing) to try and develop mapping for protein-DNA interactions in different cell types. Rohil is now a medical student at Yale and aspires to be a cardiologist in the future. He also wants to be involved in development of medical devices to make some use of his future BME degree.



Emily Borst is now a masters student in in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins from Westford, Massachusetts. When not studying or doing science, Emily enjoys watching all things Tina Fey-related, planning her next trip to Disney World, or chasing after diabetic children at her summer job as a diabetes camp counselor. Though, if that fails, she is more than ready to put her Biomedical Engineering degree to use and work for the Walt Disney Company.


Qinwen(Wendy) Huang is a sophmore majoring in Biomedical Engineering from Ningbo, China. She is starting off her computational analysis experience here and is working on ChIP-seq which determines methyl specificity of protein binding. In her spare time, she enjoys running and playing piano. She doesn’t really have a plan after college but she wants to use her BME degree to help improve people’s quality of life.