Post-Doctoral Fellows

Provas Das

Kolkata, India


Provas is Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Taube Lab at Baylor University. He earned his BSc in Physiology from the University of Burdwan, MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Presidency Collage, University of Calcutta, and his PhD from the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in Nonmuscle Myosin II under the guiadance of Siddhartha S Jana. Provas is interested in the regulation of cancer progression and possible therapeutic approaches.

Doctoral Graduate Students

Kelsey Johnson

Durham, North Carolina


Kelsey is a doctoral student with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of South Florida.  Her research is centered on uncovering the role of chromatin accessibility in the context of epithelial-to-mesenchymal plasticity and understanding how chromatin organizing proteins such as CTCF mediate this process–especially in partial-epithelial/mesenchymal states and metastasis.

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.

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.

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.

UnderGraduate Students

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.

Giovanny Gonzalez (’20)

Houston, TX


Giovanny is a Biology major with minors in Biochemistry and Religion at Baylor University. He began researching with the Taube lab the summer before his junior year and is involved in the cell line verification project. He has aspirations to attend medical school to pursue cardiothoracic surgery.

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.

Sheridan Mikhail (’22)

Columbus, Ohio


Sheridan is a Biology major, minoring in Economics. Her main interests lie in exploring epigenetic research.

Saawan Patel (’22)

Houston, Texas


Saawan is a Biology major, with pre-med ambitions. His interest lie in gaining experience so that he may continue doing research in a clinical setting. Saawan joins the Taube lab with experience from MD Anderson’s cytogenetics department under Dr. Multani and Dr. Pathak. He is part of the MiniPharma collaboration.

Shunyu Yao (’22)

Nanjing, Jiangsu, China


Shunyu is a Biology major joining the Taube lab with previous research experience at Nanjing University with Dr. Bing Wang and Dr. Shizhong Zheng in the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine working on immune system regulation in hepatic (liver) cells. He is also a member of Baylor’s chapter of the National Honor Society Alpha Lambda Delta.

Meagan McMann (’23)

Boerne, Texas


Meagan is a Biochemistry major with a minor in Spanish in the Honors College and has pre-med interests. She is a member of the MiniPharma research team. She plans to attend Medical School pursuing orthopedic surgery.

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.

Lab Alumni

Wesley Griffin, PhD

Bryant, Arkansas

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, Texas

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

Clayton Smith BSc ('19)

Houston, Texas

Clayton graduated with Honors in Biology, having won URSA and Top Graduating Senior awards. Clayton introduced a novel copper chelation project and now will be working as a research scientist with the DoD.

Emily Lin BSc ('19)

Temple, Texas

Emily has 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, Texas

Sam worked in the Taube Lab 2016-18 on the miR-203 project..  She is pursuing 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. 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 BSc ('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 Phillips BSc ('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 BSc ('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 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 is currently a medical student at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

Tom Niu BSc ('17)

Houston, Texas

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

Hunter Graham BSC ('16)

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

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