Meet the Lab

Toni R Pak, PhD

James R. DePauw Professor and Chair

Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Hobbies: Who has time for hobbies outside of lab?

Favorite quote: “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it” - Neil deGrasse Tyson


2003 -2007: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Robert Handa, Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)

2002: Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO) Advisors: Dr. G. Robert Lynch, Dr. Pei-San Tsai

1997: M.A. Secondary Science Education, University of Colorado (Boulder,CO)

1995: B.A. Environmental, Population, Organismic Biology, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)

Megan Linscott, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell and Molecular Physiology

Hometown: Independence, OH

Hobbies: Baking and board gaming

Research: Understanding miRNA regulation and epigenetics in the postmenopausal female brain.

Favorite quote: “Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done” - Robert Heinlein



2015: BS, Biology-Molecular/Cellular, Kent State University

2020: PhD, Physiology, Kent State University

Chun Kim, MS

PhD Candidate, Physiology Graduate Program

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Hobby: MLB - Atlanta Braves

Research: How do hormones affect miRNA degradation?

Favorite quote: "We are responsible not only for what we do but also for what we could have prevented." - Peter Singer



2012: BS, Philosophy and Bird Watching, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL)

2017: MS, Neuroscience, Loyola University Chicago

Sarah Flury, MS

PhD Candidate, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

Hometown: Deerfield, IL

Hobby: Tough Mudder, triathalons, biking

Research: Understanding alternative splicing of ERbeta in the brain post-menopause.

Favorite quote: "Science is magic that works." - Kurt Vonnegut



2015: BS, Biology, Bradley University

2018: MS, Micobiology and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago

Mengjie Zhang, MS, MBA

Research Technician, specializing in Mass Spectrometry

Hometown: Beijing, China

Hobbies: Tennis, exploring restaurants, travel

Project goal: Quantifying ER-beta phosphorylation levels in the aging brain by mass spectrometry.

Favorite quote: "If you have the desire and passion to do something, and it's within god's will, you will achieve it." - Nick Vujicic



2009: BS, Animal Science, South China Agricultural University (Guangzhou, China)

2012: MS, Cell and Molecular Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL)

2020: MBA, Loyola University Chicago

Brady Son, MS

M.D. candidate, Research Honors Program

Hometown: Cerritos, CA

Hobbies: Soccer, Basketball

Research project: Helping out with everything and anything!

Favorite quote: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." –Confucius



2016: BS, Human Biology, University of California San Diego

2018: MS, Medical Physiology, Loyola University Chicago