Post-Doctoral Fellows

Santhalakshmi Ranganathan




Santha is a Post-Doctoral Associate with Master’s in Biotechnology from
Bharathidhasan University, India and PhD in Cancer biology from University of
Madras, India. She has been passionate about cancer research. Santha’s research
interest focuses on the molecular mechanism of chemotherapeutic resistance in breast cancer and potential therapeutic approaches to overcome resistance.

Doctoral Students

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 BSc in Biology, both also from Baylor.  Aadil works on outer membrane vesicles and signaling in colon cancer.

Haleigh Svakek

Austin, Texas


Haleigh is a doctoral student with a BSc in Neurobiology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Health from Lamar University. While obtaining her master’s degree, Haleigh worked with Myriad Genetics manufacturing and standardizing multiplex assays for rapid, multiple protein identification and quantification. Haleigh’s research interests focus on potential novel treatments for metastatic breast cancer.

Charli Worth


Charli is a doctoral student with a BA in Biochemistry from the University of San Diego. She worked at the Microarray Core and Next Generation Sequencing Core at The Scripps Research Institute optimizing library creation protocols and manufacturing and testing glycan microarrays. Charli’s research interests focus on EMT and metastasis.

UnderGraduate Students

Alysia Martinez (’23)


Greenville, Texas


Alysia is a Pre-Med Cell & Molecular Biology major, minoring in Biochemistry and Music. She is interested in understanding the roles that micro-RNAs have in regulation of EMT and metastasis. Alysia currently works on the Outer Membrane Vesicles project at the Taube lab. She aspires to obtain her MD-PhD in order to peruse basic science and clinical breast cancer research.

Arvind Muruganantham (’23)

Fremont, California


Arvind is a biochemistry major on the pre-med track, aspiring to be a physician-scientist. He is heavily interested in the translational sciences, specifically in regards to cancer treatment. Arvind currently works on the CTCF project at the Taube Lab and has had previous research experience at Harvard Medical School, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the UCSF Diabetes Center.

Samantha Davis (’24)

Sacramento , California


Samantha is a Health Science Studies major minoring in Biology on the pre-med track. She aspires to be a physician and medical researcher. Samantha is currently working on the small molecules project.

Michelle Pujol (’24)


Mexico City


Michelle is a health science studies major on the Pre-OT track. She aspires to go to Occupational Therapy school and pursue a clinical career as a pediatric occupational therapist. Michelle has a passion for assisting and consulting children through chemotherapy and cancer diagnosis.

Alagu Subramanian (’24)


San Ramon, California


Alagu is a University Scholar concentrating in biology and medical humanities, completing both the pre-medicine and honors programs. He is an aspiring medical researcher and physician with interest in novel therapeutic discovery. Alagu currently works on the small molecules project and has had previous research experience with antibody drug discovery. He is part of the MiniPharma collaboration.

Jenna Tobin (’24)


San Francisco, California


Jenna is a Health Science Studies major, with minors in Biology and Biochemistry on the pre-med track. She has previous research experience in Child Psychology and Public Health, and is continuing her research experience at the Taube Lab.

Lab Alumni

Sheridan mikhail bsc ('22)

Columbus, Ohio

Sheridan graduated 2022 as a Biology Major. She worked on the epigenetics project and heavily supported the lab’s immunohistochemistry efforts. She is attending graduate school.

Saawan patel bba ('22)

Houston, Texas

Saawan graduated 2022 as a Business Fellows major. He worked on the small molecules project and was part of the MiniPharma Collaboration. He is attending the Perelman School of Medicine.

Provas Das, PHD

Kolkata, India

Provas worked as a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Taube Lab. His work focused on the regulation of cancer progression and possible therapeutic approaches. Provas has taken a postdoctoral position at Rutgers

Kelsey Johnson, PHD

Durham, North Carolina

Kelsey worked as a Doctoral student in the Taube Lab where she earned her PhD in 2021. Her work focused on uncovering the role of chromatin accessibility in EMT, working on the CTCF project. Kelsey has taken a position with Johnson & Johnson.

Keighley Reisenauer, PHD

Muskego, WI

Keighley worked as a Doctoral student in the Taube Lab where she earned her PhD in 2021. Her work focused on small-molecule inhibition of EMT-driven cancer stem cells, and how that inhibits chemoresistance and metastatic outgrowth. Stay up to date with Keighley on her website.

Shuxuan Song, MS

Hohhot, China

Shuxuan worked as a Masters student in the Taube Lab where she earned her degree in 2021. Her work focused on the using synthetic microRNA mimics to suppress EMT.

Joelle Kim srf ('21)

Huntsville, AL

Joelle graduated in the Spring of 2021 as a Science Research Fellow concentrated in biochemistry and genetics. She worked on regulators of histone methylation during her time with the Taube Lab. She received a Fulbright Scholarship and is continuing her academic study as an aspiring medical researcher in Sydney, Australia.

Alec Ingros BSc ('20)

Beaver, PA

Alec graduated with a Biology major and minors in Biochemistry and Public Health He began researching his freshman year and was a member and lead of the Biological Group for the MiniPharma collaboration.

Giovanny Gonzalez BSc ('20)

Houston, TX

Giovanny graduated with his Biology major and minors in Biochemistry and Religion and heavily supported the CTCF project.

Wesley Griffin, PhD

Bryant, AK

Wesley worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Taube and Trakselis labs at Baylor University from 2017-19., working on the miR-203 project.

Rebecca Modisette BSc ('19)

Lufkin, TX

Rebecca worked on the miRNA in TNBC project, resulting in a publication. She finished her final semester researching Anthropology, aligning with her career interests.

Clayton Smith BSc ('19)

Houston, TX

Clayton graduated with Honors in Biology, having won URSA and Top Graduating Senior awards. Clayton introduced a novel copper chelation project and leaves the Taube lab to work as a research scientist with the DoD.

Emily Lin BSc ('19)

Temple, TX

Emily had been with the the Taube Lab for nearly her entire Baylor career and earned several awards along the way. She has worked on  the OMV project, as well as others.

Samantha Peña BSc ('19)

Mission, TX

Sam worked in the Taube Lab 2016-18 on the miR-203 project..  She graduated to pursue a Masters at the Ohio State University.

Beatriz Castillo-Rodriguez BSc ('18)

Manzanilla, Cuba

Beatriz graduated in the Summer of 2018 with a B.S. in Biology before enrolling in medical school at BCM. 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, TX

Dustin graduated with his MA in Health Professions and enrolled 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 BSc ('18)

Bastrop, TX

Taylor graduated in the Spring of 2018 with a degree in Medical Humanities and is pursuing medical school. Taylor worked in the Taube Lab from 2015-2018 on a variety of projects.

Tim Phillips BSc ('18)

Frisco, TX

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 enrolled at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Collin Campion BSc ('18)

Houston, TX

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 BSc ('17)

Ponce, Puerto Rico

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

Tom Niu BSc ('17)

Houston, TX

Tom graduated in the Spring of 2017 and worked to profile changes in expression of lncRNAs induced by EMT. He worked as a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine before pursuing a Master’s in Finance.

Hunter Graham BSC ('16)

Hunter graduated in the Spring of 2016, and earned her doctorate in medicine from Texas A&M College of Medicine.