Heather completed her undergraduate training at the University of Southern California. She was a lab aide in Dr. Lorraine Turcotte’s lab, and fell in love with research the first time she developed a Western blot (even though it did not show anything useful). Heather moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for her graduate and postdoctoral training. She obtained her PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology in the lab of Dr. Geraldine Guasch. For her postdoc, Heather joined the lab of Dr. Jim Wells, where she developed her interest in enteroendocrine cells as the center of intestinal physiology and metabolism. She chose to study the gut and metabolism because of her love of food.

Anne Marie completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Forensics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After getting her scientific start by volunteering at a pig breeding center, she knew that biology was the path for her. During her sophomore year at Xavier, she began working in Jim Wells’ lab as a lab aide at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with Heather as her mentor. From her years at the lab, she has developed an interest in enteroendocrine cells and broader intestinal research. Anne Marie moved to North Carolina and is the Lab Manager for the McCauley Lab.

Hailey is an undergraduate student completing her degree in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. She has previously participated in research looking at the protective effects of increased endocannabinoid signaling against HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. She has now joined the McCauley lab to further her interests in the broad impact of enteroendocrine cells on intestinal health.

Jennifer is third year PhD student in the Cell Biology and Physiology department at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). She completed her undergraduate training at Wellesley College where she took a developmental biology class as a junior and immediately knew she needed to do research. She was an undergraduate researcher in Adam Martin’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying embryonic shape change and morphogenesis in Drosophila and completed an honors thesis. She was a research technician at MIT and Boston College before starting her PhD at UNC-CH. Her thesis research in the McCauley lab studies how enteroendocrine cells regulate intestinal functions within organoid and mouse models. In her free time, she is a passionate advocate and volunteer for scientific outreach to minority communities. She is interested in a career in translational science and has been a research intern at companies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute.

Taevon is an aspiring physician studying Nutrition, Health, and Society in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill with a minor in Spanish. He strives to make an impact on society by using his knowledge and experience to enact change and help those who need it the most.

Meghan is a first year PhD student aiming to join the Cell Biology and Physiology curriculum. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Nothern Michigan University and spent her post-grad years as a postbaccalaureate cancer research fellow at the NIH and a research assistant at Georgetown University. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Molecular & Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan, later spending time there as a research assistant studying how intestinal villi develop and can be recapitulated in human intestinal organoids, which led her to the McCauley Lab upon entering UNC-CH. Outside of lab, she loves escaping the stress of graduate school through reading sci-fi/fantasy novels and exploring the food scene around North Carolina.

Zachary is an undergraduate student completing his degree in Biomedical Engineering. He’s previously participated in research that evaluated synovial fluid from ACL reconstruction patients after PRP injections using a co-culture system. He’s now joined the McCauley lab to further his interests in regenerative medicine, and get a better understanding of how enteroendocrine cells can be used in tissue engineering and intestinal research.