Lab Members

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Wezley Griffin

Bryant, Arkansas

Wezley is Post-Doctoral Fellow in cell biology at Baylor University.  He received his BSci 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.

Doctoral Graduate Students

Kelsey Johnson

Durham, North Carolina

Kelsey is a doctoral student in the Taube Lab. A graduate from the University of South Florida with a BSci in Cell and Molecular Biology, Kelsey 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. Kelsey is pursuing the study of KDM6A and the role of dormancy in breast cancer.

Keighley Reisenauer

Muskego, Wisconsin

Keighley is a doctoral student in the Taube Lab.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a BSci in Genetics, a second degree in Spanish, and Honors in Research. Keighley became interested in breast cancer metastasis for its role in disease progression and treatment evasion. Her project focuses on small-molecule inhibition of EMT-driven cancer stem cells, and how that inhibits chemoresistance and metastatic outgrowth.

Learn more on her personal website.

Aadil Sheikh

Toronto, Canada

Aadil is a co-mentored doctoral student under the primary mentorship of Dr. Leigh Greathouse.  He received an MA in Health Professions and BSci in Biology, both also from Baylor.  Aadil works on outer membrane vesicles and signaling in colon cancer

Shuxuan Song

Hohhot, China

Shuxuan is a doctoral student in the Taube Lab. She received a MS in Internal Medicine from Guangzhou Medical University and a BSsci in Clinical Medicine from Hainan Medical University. Shuxuan has a long career of working with cancer patients, leading to her passion for research focused on finding novel therapeutics targeting metastasis.

Undergraduate Students

Clayton Smith (’19)

Houston, Texas

Clayton is a Biology major with two minors in Biochemistry and Mathematics.  He is also in the Honors college and is working on a copper chelation project for his senior thesis. Clayton has also won first place in Group Projects at the May 2018 URSA (Undergraduate Research Scholars Awards) week for poster, completed with Beatriz Castillo Rodriguez.

Emily Lin (’19)

Temple, Texas

Emily is a Nutrition Sciences major with a minor in Biology here at Baylor University.  Emily researches with the OMV project and works closely with Dr. Greathouse. Her work focuses on examining the relationships of outer membrane vesicles on EMT in colorectal cancer.

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 and now works with the MiniPharma collaboration.

Joelle Kim (’21)

Huntsville, Alabama

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 with hopes to leverage her experiences in the Taube Lab in the medical field. Joelle joined the lab through the B-TRUE program in 2018 and now works closely with Kelsey on regulators of histone methylation.

Lab Alumni

Samantha Peña (’19)

Mission, TX
Sam worked in the Taube Lab 2016-18 on the miR-203 project.

Beatriz Castillo-Rodriguez BS (’18)

Manzanillo, Cuba
Beatriz graduated in the Summer of 2018 with a B.S. in Biology. Beatriz joined the lab through the B-TRUE program in the summer of 2017 and worked on the miR-203 and copper projects.

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 worked in the Taube Lab both in his time as an undergrad and during his Masters, focusing on TLR signaling.

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. Taylor worked in the Taube Lab from 2015-2018 on a variety of projects.

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 during his time with the Taube Lab. He is currently a student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Collin Campion BS (’18)

Houston, Texas
Collin graduated with a Biology degree and was one of the original members who assisted in the beginning phases of the lab. He participated in drug screens with efficacy against miR-203.

Daniel Goyco BS (’17)

Ponce, 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.