Andrea McCue joined the Slotkin lab in 2010. Her research focused on deciphering the mechanism of small RNA production in Arabidopsis, as well as the proteins required for small RNA-directed DNA methylation. Andrea was the lead author of publications in PLoS Genetics, Journal of Experimental Botany, Trends in Genetics, RNA Biology and The EMBO Journal. In addition, Andrea was a co-author on publications in Genetics and Plant Physiology. Andrea received the Presidential Fellowship from Ohio State as well as a fellowship from the Ohio State Center for RNA Biology. Andrea was awarded the Ohio State Graduate School’s Louise B Vetter Award for Excellence in Research. Andrea is now a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the lab of Shiv Grewal.
Monica Crary was jointly advised by Paul Fuerst and Greg Booton. Her thesis examined the phylogeny of Acanthamoeba found in recent outbreaks of ocular keratitis. Her work demonstrated that Acanthamoeba could harbor numerous bacterial pathogens, including Legionella. Monica was awarded a research grant from Prevent Blindness Ohio to support her research, and presented at both national and international meetings. In 2011 she received a special teaching award for the Molecular Genetics Department to recognize her role in the design and implementation of MG500. Monica is currently a Senior Scientist at Alcon in the R&D safety microbiology vision care group, where she is working to protect contact wearers from Acanthamoeba infections.
Sara Cline completed her thesis in the lab of Patrice Hamel. She utilized a variety of genetic and biochemical techniques to examine novel genes that are required for assembly of photosynthetic complexes. Sara had a strong interest in combining her research career with teaching, and chose to teach at several levels during her time in the Department. She was awarded a Critical Difference for Women Professional Development Grant in 2007, and a Marianna Russell technology grant in 2008. She also received a University Graduate teaching award in 2012. After a one year visiting position at Eckerd College, Sara joined the faculty at Athens State University as an Assistant professor, allowing her to combine her loves of research and teaching.
Onur Egriboz completed his thesis degree research in the lab of Jim Hopper. Onur mastered and applied a wide array of experimental approaches entailing yeast genetics/molecular genetics, recombinant DNA, protein purification and spinning disk confocal fluorescence microscopy to investigate molecular and cell-biological mechanistic elements of the GAL gene transcriptional switch in Saccharomyces cereivisiae. His work culminated in the discovery that one of the GAL gene switch regulators, Gal3, overcomes the action of another, Gal80, by competing with Gal80 self-association. As well, his work revealed Gal80 intranuclear clusters and Gal80 association with membrane lipids, two features that together with Gal3's action on Gal80 provide the underpinnings of completely novel hypothesis concerning how Gal80 might regulate the the transcriptional activator, Gal4. Onur is currently a post doctoral researcher focusing on the tumor microenvironment in the laboratory of Dr. Gustavo Leone of the Human Cancer Genetics Program and Departments of Molecular Genetics and Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics of the Ohio State University.
Maurisa Riley completed her thesis work in the lab of Susan Cole. She undertook projects examining the functions of the Notch signaling pathway during embryonic development. In collaboration with scientists at Children's hospital, she showed that missense mutations in the Notch receptor could affect Notch signaling and predispose embryos to develop congenital defects of the left side of the heart. She also completed a project showing that miRNAs could function in the post-transcriptional regulation of the Notch pathway during embryonic segmentation. During her time at OSU, Maurisa was supported by fellowships from the American Heart Association and from the Pelotonia foundation. She received first place for her presentations at the Scott Falkenthal Graduate Colloquium in 2011 and 2009, and in the Hayes Graduate forum in 2010. After completing an ACS-funded postdoc with Gigi Lozano at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Maurisa joined The Boston Consulting Group in 2015 as a consultant.