Full List of Peifer Lab Undergraduate Research Students



Peter Compton (2019-present)

Madeline Lilich (2018-present)

Melissa Greene (2017-present)


Michael Casey 1999 (MD, UNC-Chapel Hill) Wake Nephrology Associates, PA, Raleigh NC

Kathy Smith 1992-1995 (Ph.D., Cell & Developmental Biology, Univ. of Virginia 2002, Doug DeSimone; postdoc Judy White) Principal Scientist, Arbovax

Melanie Nichols 1993-1995 Laboratory Technician IV at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Tina Singh (MD, ECU 1997) Assistant Professor of Opthamology, Duke University

Jessie McCary Gaeta (MD, Univ. of Maryland) Chief Medical Officer,Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University

Sanjay Pattani (MD, St. Georges University; Residency LSU) Assistant Medical Director Florida Hospital Waterman, Maitland FL

Denise Kearney (MD, UT Southwestern School of Medicine) The Center for Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Waterbury CT

Nancy McGreal (MD, Univ. of Maryland; Residency in Med-Peds, UCSD;Gastroenerology Fellow, Univ. of Chicago) Asst. Professor, Depts. of Medicine and Pediatrics, Duke University Med School.

Jason Blanton (Ph.D., Princeton, 2002) U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

Nam Vo (MD, UNC-CH, 2001; Residency in Internal Medicine, UNC-CH) Mountain Kidney & Hypertension Asheville, NC

Tiernan Mennen (Peace Corps, Guatemala; J.D.. Cornell; Senior Project Manager, Open Society Justice Initiative) Vice President, Governance and Rights at Abt Associates, and Founder and CEO, Haki Legal Empowerment Network

Clare Duffy (M.S., Molecular Biology,Univ. of Colorado-Boulder; M.A.Sports Administration, UNC) Business Office, UNC Athletics Department

Joel Stein 1995-1998 (M.D./Ph.D., Penn;Fellowship in Radiology, MGH, Boston; NeuroRadiology Fellow, U Penn) Assistant Professor of Radiology, U Penn.

Mary Teachey (MS, Physiological Sciences, Univ. of Arizona, 2001; Research Specialist, Dept. of Physiology, Univ. of Arizona) Personal Trainer, Tucson  J (Jewish Community Center)

Cozumel Southern Pruette 1997-8 (MD, Southern Illinois University 2005; Residency and fellowship, Johns Hopkins) Asst. Professor, Pediatric Nephrology Johns Hopkins

Annette Baas (Ph.D., University of Utrecht 2004) Department of Medical Genetics, University Medical Center Utrecht

Yara Audeh Park (MD, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham 2004) Associate Professor, Pathology, UNC-Chapel Hill

David Roberts (Ph.D., UNC-CH 2004;Post-doc, UNC-CH) Associate Professor, Biology, Franklin and Marshall College

Kendra Zeiter (B.S. Chemistry, Ohio Northern University, 1998)

Andrew Baltus (Ph.D. MIT; Postdoc, Walsh Lab, Harvard Medical School)  Associate Director of Scientific Outreach, Addgene.

Chanda Bell-Lamarque (MD, UNC-CH 2004; Residency. Anesthesiology ,University of Maryland ).  Anesthesiologist, Providence Hospital, Wash DC

Kody Jones (MS, University of Hawaii, JD Franklin Pierce Law Center) Patent Attorney, Syngenta

Karen Imgrund Deak (Ph. D. University of Chicago 2008;Science Advisor and Patent Agent, Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal LLP) Director of Network Engagement and University of Norte Dame

Seema Bhotika (M.D, Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2004) Acute Care Kernodle Clinic, Burlington NC

Jennifer Rayner (B.S., NCCU; Ph.D. in Environ. Sciences & Engineering, UNC-CH. 2006) Toxicologist, SRC Inc.

Christina Tuskey Lockwood (Ph.D. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison 2007) Assoc. Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Washington University

Gwynn Dillard Morris 1997-2000 (Ph. D. in Developmental Psychology, NCSU 2007;Postdoc NCSU) Associate Professor of Psychology, Meredith College

Kim Maners (B.S., UNC-CH)

Harold Davis III (B.S., Winthrop University, 2003) Weatherization Assistant Manager at North Carlina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Kea Parker (M.D., Univ. of Miami; Resident Family Medicine, University of New Mexico) Instructor of Family Medicine and Physician, Family Medicine, OHSU.

Charles Anderson 1998-2001 (Ph.D. at Stanford; Postdoctoral Fellow, Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley).  Associate Professor, Penn State University.

Emily Crafton Moorfield (MS, Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins, 2005; Ph.D.  Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest University 2012; SPIRE postdoctoral fellow with Kay Lund UNC). Teaching Assistant Professor UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Meredith Price 1999-2002 (MS,  University of Oregon).  Imaris Business Manage,  Bitplane Scientific Software, Oxford Instruments

Mark Dodson  (MD/Ph.D, UCLA, 2009/2011) Asst Professor,  Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicin,  Intermountain Medical Center

Laura Koontz 2001-2004 (Ph.D. , Johns Hopkins, 2011; Science Policy Fellow with the American Society for Human Genetics, working with US Rep. Louise Slaughter; Director of Policy, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance)  Currently Personalized Medicine Staff, Food and Drug Administration

Gene Bain 2001-2004 (M.D., UNC-CH; Residency in Dermatology, SUNY-Buffalo; Mohs micrographic surgery fellow, NYU) Bain Dermatology, Raleigh NC

Carrie Tapley 2004-2005 (B.S., UNC-CH)

Jamie Mahaffey 2002-2006 (Ph.D., 2013, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)  Postdoc, Mark Philips Lab, NYU

Melissa Burt 2006 (completed degree at UNC-CH)

Rachel Hauser 2003-2007 (Teach for America, 2007-2008) Medical School, Univ. of Maryland

Daniel Willner (2006-2007)  (MPH, UNC, 2001.  MD, UNC-CH 2013) Chief Resident, Emergency Medicine.  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA

Daniel Schneider 2006-2007 (MD,UNC-CH 2011)  Resident, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale AZ

Lindsay Foley 2006-2007 (MD, UNC-CH; Resident, Medical University of SC)  Physician, Mt. Pleasant OB/GYN

Doug Meardon 2006-2008. (Research Technician, UNC-CH; MD George Washington University 2013)  Resident, Carolina Healthcare System.

Kevin Straughn 2008 (BS, UNC-CH)  PharmD program at UNC

Hannah Yin 2007-2009 . (MD, MPH, UNC School of Medicine and Public Health, 2013/2014).  Resident in Medicine and Pediatrics, UNC-CH.

Jon Waldmann 2009-2010 (MD,University of Michigan, 2017)  Family Medicine Resident, UNC-CH

Ranjan Banerjee 2008-2010  (MD, UNC-CH) Med-peds Resident, USC School of Medicine

Mira Pronobis 2008-2010 (Diplome Thesis, University of Karlsruhe; Ph. D. Genetics and Molecular Biology, UNC-CH, 2016)  Postdoc, Poss lab, Duke University

Colby Allred 2008-2010 (B.S., UNC-CH, 2010. Research Technician, Ron Falk lab, UNC-CH).  Currently Medical Student at UNC-CH

Jess Little (2009-2010, 2012). MD, University of Virginia, 2017.  Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Andrea Brady (2009). B.S., UNC-CH, 2012.  J.D. University of Virginia School of Law, 2016.   Attorney at Crowley Fleck, Helena MT

Sheryl Payne (2010). PharmD, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (2015)  MICU Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Rodrigo Guillen (2010-2011). (B.S., UNC-CH 2010. Post-Baccalaureate Program, NIH).  IGP Ph.D. Program at Vanderbilt.

Yuanyuan Wei (Summer 2011) Completing Degree at National University of Singapore

Elise Stephenson (2009-2011) MD, UNC-CH 2017.  Resident in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt.

Frank Mu (2010-2012) (MD, Wake Forest University)  Emergency Medicine Resident, Wake Forest SOM

Malia Cali (2011-2012)  Medical Student, LSU.

Devin Gibbs (Summer 2013) MD, UNC-CH 2017.  Resident, Psychiatry University of Maryland

Natalie McKeon (2011-2013) Georgetown Special Masters Program in Physiology.  Currently Lab Technician, UNC Medical School

Gabe Abud (Summer 2013, from Wooster College)  Software Developer, Marrick Medical

Kunal Patel (2012-2013)  BS, UNC-CH 2015.  Medical Student at UNC-CH

Rachel Moser (2013-2014) Research Technician, Hirsch Lab, UNC Gene Therapy Center

Zach Blom (2012-2014; MD East Carolina University 2018)  Family Medicine Resident, Univ. of Virginia.

Vlad Yefremov (2014)  Completing degree at UNC.

Natalie Deuitch (2013-2015)  Postbac Program, Kastner Lab, Center for Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Genetics, NIH.  Currently:  MS Program in Genetic Counseling Student at Stanford University School of Medicine

Xenia Lim (Summer 2015 from Singapore) PhD Program, Osaka University School of Frontier Biosciences), Prof Toshie Kai’s lab

Lauren Bauer (2014-2016)

John Cuningham (2012-2016) BS, UNC-CH 2015.  Medical Student at UNC-CH

Xinyi Wang (Summer 2016 from Singapore) PhD student, Duke University

Vinya Posham (2015-2016) Business Operations Associate at BGB Group

Cherrel Manley (2016-2017)  PhD Program in Epidemiology, UNC-CH

Alison Bonner (2015-2018)  Medical Scribe, UNC School of Medicine.

Halle Ronk (2016-2018)  Medical Student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


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