Lab Members

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Wezley Griffin

Durham, North Carolina
Wezley is Post-Doctoral Fellow in cell biology at Baylor University.  He received his B.S. in Biology from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  He went on to the University of Arkansas for Medical sciences where he earned his Ph.D in the lab of Dr. Kevin Raney.  His research interests are mainly centered on DNA structure, replication, and repair.  Wezley is attracted to life science research because he enjoys the mystery of experimentation.  Wezley enjoys reading, cycling, science fiction and super hero movies, as well as board and video games.  A fun fact about Wezley is that he has three dachshunds (Ernie, Femto, and Gibbs).


Doctoral Graduate Students

Kelsey Johnson

kelseyDurham, North Carolina
Kelsey is a doctoral student in the Taube Lab. A graduate from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, Kelsey enjoys biological research because of the ability to infinitely question and delve deeper into a topic.  She is interested in breast cancer migration and metastasis because of the reversal of the “normal” phenotype and how the cancer cell seemingly defies great odds to colonize and thrive in secondary tissues.

Keighley Reisenauer


Madison, Wisconsin
Keighley is a doctoral student in the Taube Lab.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a BS in Genetics and a second degree in Spanish.  She realized her Junior year of High School that she loved Biology, specifically genetics.  She discovered her love for research when she was accepted to a competitive undergrad research program where.  Later she changed to a lab that more closely aligned with her interests and worked there for three years to complete her senior thesis.  Keighley also loves cheese, dances tap and swing, loves to travel, and is fluent in Spanish.

Aadil Sheikh (’18)

Toronto, Canada
Aadil is a co-mentored doctoral student at Baylor University.  He received an MA in Health Professions and BS in Biology at Baylor as well.  Aadil’s interest in research began after a summer research program he participated in in High School.  He is drawn to research because he wanted to be apart of the process that helps discover new knowledge to better understand the world we live in. Fun facts about Aadil include: he likes to rock climb, he can speak French and Hindi, and he loves to travel as well as watch martial arts movies.


Undergraduate Students

Beatriz Castillo-Rodriguez (’18)

Manzanillo, Cuba
Beatriz is a Biology major, Sociology minor here at Baylor University.  Her interest in research stems from there being more questions than answers.  She likes the challenge of trying to figure things out that no one else has been able to so far.  Fun facts about Beatriz is that she loves foreign movies, coffee, and random trivia.

Bradlee Hall (’18)

Dumas, Texas
Bradlee is a senior here at Baylor who is getting his degree in Bioinformatics.  A super awesome fun fact about Bradlee is that he builds displays for Texas’ Lego Organization TexLUG.  He is interested in research because he believes that using the tools of empiricism and logic to gain a better understanding of the world we inhabit is a noble pursuit with the potential to better the lives of many.

Alec Ingros (’20)

Beaver, Pennsylvania

Alec is a Biology major with minors in Biochemistry and Public Health at Baylor University. He began research his freshman year because there are so many questions that the scientific community can’t answer. After a wonderful experience, Alec wanted to continue bench research, but wanted to join a lab specialized in cancer because of how fast the field changes. In his free time, Alec enjoys playing soccer, hiking, or watching movies.

Emily Lin (’19)

Temple, Texasemily

Emily is a Nutrition Sciences major with a minor in Biology here at Baylor University.  She became interested in research because she believes there is no better way to learn about the world around us than to ask questions.  In Emily’s eyes, research allows her to take what she learns in the classroom and apply it in the Taube lab.  Fun facts about Emily is that she loves to eat, cook, and workout!

Joelle Kim (’21)

Huntsville, AL

Joelle is a Science Research Fellow concentrating in biochemistry and genetics and is also completing the pre-medicine and honors programs. She is an aspiring medical researcher and thinks that research is amazing in its continuous efforts to find clarity in the unknown, while using what is known to foster understanding and develop technologies that push the limits of human innovation and betterment. Through her passions in research and meaningful conversation, Joelle pursues truth in science, philosophy, and her faith in Christ, both in knowledge and in practical application. In her free time, Joelle loves to travel, read, and seek out local coffee shops.

Samantha Peña (’19)

Mission, Texas
Samantha is aiming to become an ophthalmologist, studying Biology with a minor in Business Administration.  Her freshman year at Baylor, Samantha began to view research as another language that you need to immerse yourself into to understand, that is when she became interested in research and has enjoyed becoming more knowledgeable in the topic since.  Samantha also enjoys musical theatre, dancing and is a Student Missionary on Baylor Campus.

Clayton Smith (’19)

claytonHouston, Texas
Clayton is a Biology major with two minors in Biochemistry and Mathematics.  He is interested in research because while the science community has answered so many of life’s questions, there is so much we have yet to know.  Clayton was also in band for four years and continues to play the drums.  He is also in the Honors college and wishes to pursue a bench research project for his senior thesis.  He also loves The Office.

Timothy Tateossian (’20)

Houston, Texas
Timothy is a University Scholars major at Baylor University with a concentration in Biology (not Pre- med).  He has been interested in research ever since his sophomore year of high school because it has allowed him to gain knowledge that not just anyone gets to know.  Fun facts about Timothy includes that he is trilingual in English, French, and Korean and he enjoys writing reviews on TripAdvisor.


Taube Lab Alumni

Dustin Jaoude MA (’18)


Houston, Texas
Dustin graduated with his MA in Health Professions and is currently a student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He believes that research is the best way you can expand your mind because of the unlimited knowledge to be explored.  Dustin is also a proud Lebanese.

Taylor Nesbit BS (’18)


Bastrop, Texas
Taylor graduated in the Spring of 2018 with a degree in Medical Humanities and is currently a medical student.  His interest for research was cultivated during a summer internship at MD Anderson during his high school years.  He is captivated by the scrupulous scientific method implicated in research and the pursuit of greater knowledge to surpass disease in order to better mankind.  Taylor also enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and backpacking.

Tim Philip BS (’18)


Frisco, Texas
Tim graduated in the Spring of 2018 with a BS in Biology and participated in the MiniPharma collaborative group. He is currently a student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Collin Campion (’18)

collinHouston, Texas
Collin is a senior Biology major here at Baylor who assisted in the beginning phases of the lab. He participated in drug screens with efficacy against miR-203.

Daniel Goyco BS (’17)

danielPonce, Puerto Rico
Daniel graduated in the Spring of 2017 and participated in isolating and characterizing outer membrane vesicles from E. coli. He is currently a medical student at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

Tom Niu BS (’17)


Tom graduated in the Spring of 2017 and worked to profile changes in expression of lncRNAs induced by EMT. He is currently a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine.

Hunter Graham BS (’16)


Hunter graduated in the Spring of 2016 and is currently a medical student at Texas A&M College of Medicine.