Meet the Lab

Toni R Pak, PhD

James R. DePauw Professor and Chair

Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology 

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Hobbies: skiing, reading, concerts

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)

Sarah Flury, MS

Lab Manager 

Hometown: Deerfield, IL

Hobby: Tough Mudder, triathalons, biking

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



2015: BS, Biology, Bradley University

2018: MS, Micobiology and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago

Mikayla Newby, BS

PhD student, Cell and Molecular Physiology Graduate Program

Hometown: Ramsey, MN

Hobby: reading, knitting, yoga

Research: Regulation of site-specific DNA methylation.

Favorite quote: "We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves" - Marie Curie



2020: BS, Neuroscience, University of St. Thomas

Yoldas Yildiz, MS

Ph.D. student, Cell and Molecular Physiology Graduate Program

Hometown: Hackney, London, UK

Hobbies: exploring Chicago, traveling, Social Justice

Research project: The Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Sex Differences in Alzheimer's Disease

Favorite quote: "Do you have a plan? I don't even have a pla." –Phoebe Buffay



2019: MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London

2019: BA; Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology. Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and Liberal Arts (CISLA) Scholar, Connecticut College

Angela Fan, BS

Ph.D. student, Cell and Molecular Physiology Graduate Program

Hometown: Hong Kong

Hobbies: eating, customized mechanical keyboards, going to the gym

Research project: Effects of adolescent binge drinking on RNA binding proteins in the brain

Favorite quote: "The only true wisdom is in knowing that you know nothing" – Socrates



2019: BS; Marine Biology, Northeastern University