Lab Members

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Current Members

Annika Thorpe

Annika Thorpe

Research Scientist I
Lab Manager
annika.thorpe@hci.utah.edu

Annika received her BS degree in biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, where she characterized novel probes for fluorescence lifetime measurements in kinase assay systems. While working towards her MS degree in molecular biology at the University of Vienna in Austria, she interned in the Angus-Hill Lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute, where she focused on environmental enrichment studies as a treatment option for colon tumor mice and the isolation and characterization of a novel colon stem cell in mice. Since joining the Stewart Lab, Annika has been involved in generating zebrafish pediatric brain tumor models and in identifying mechanisms controlling neural crest EMT during development as well as keeping the lab organized.

Annika is from Germany and enjoys road biking, bird watching, and painting.

Mattie Casey

Mattie Casey

Postdoctoral Researcher
mattie.casey@hci.utah.edu

Mattie received her BA in biochemistry and molecular biology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. In 2020, she completed her PhD in oncological sciences at the University of Utah where she studied pediatric cancer and LSD1 in zebrafish development and hematopoiesis. Mattie is currently developing pediatric brain tumor models in zebrafish. She enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and spending time with her dogs.

Allison S. Mackey

Allison S. Mackey

Graduate Student
allison.mackey@hci.utah.edu

Allison attended the University of South Carolina Aiken, where she received a BS in biology, with a concentration in molecular biology, as an honors graduate. During her undergraduate years, her research involved investigation of how we can use transposable elements as gene discovery tools in zebrafish. In the Stewart Lab, her graduate work focuses on elucidating downstream effector genes of the transcription factor Foxd3 in the process of neural crest development and EMT in zebrafish.

Allison was born and raised in South Carolina. When she’s not in lab, Allison enjoys crafting, reading, and adventuring with her husband.

June Lee

June Lee

Lab Technician
Fish Facility Manager
june.lee@hci.utah.edu

June received her BA in biology with an environmental and organismal emphasis at the University of Utah. During her time at the U, she interned with HawkWatch International, analyzing camera trap data on bald and golden eagles, and the Natural History Museum of Utah in the vertebrate zoology wet room collections. June currently works as the fish facility manager at Huntsman Cancer Institute, where she maintains the zebrafish colonies of three labs, Stewart, Cairns, and Evason. She also manages several undergraduate students who help keep the facility in top condition.

In her downtime, June likes to watch movies, take photos with friends, and ride her longboard.

Alexandra Call

Alexandra Call

Lab Aide
alexandra.call@hci.utah.edu

Alexandra is a freshman at the University of Utah studying cello performance and biology. In the lab, she assists with the maintenance of the fish facility.

In her free time, Alexandra enjoys being outside and jamming out to '70s music.

Former Members

Priya Chan

Priya Chan

Position in the lab: Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Oncology

Where are they now: Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Fellow/Instructor at the Children's Hospital Colorado

Mya Scheib

Mya Scheib

Position in the Lab: Lab Technician

Where are the now: Graduate Student in the Bioscience PhD program at the University of Utah

Garrett Nickum

Garrett Nickum

Position in the Lab: Lab Technician/ Fish Facility Manager

Where are they now: Aquatic invasive species team, Lake Havasu, Arizona

Rodney Stewart
Rodney Stewart, PhD
Principal Investigator
rodney.stewart@hci.utah.edu
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