About Us

From space missions to minuscule microbes, we cover STEM research at the University of Colorado Boulder and beyond.

Jaimee is a PhD candidate in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.  She works in the lab of Dr. Rui Yi, where she studies the molecular mechanisms governing skin and hair follicle development in mice. Her scientific interests include non-coding RNAs and developmental biology.  She enjoys hiking, fishing, and dressing up her pitbull. Connect with her @JaimeeHoefert.




Roni Dengler, Editor in Chief
Roni is a PhD candidate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Her work in Dr. Leslie Leinwand's lab investigates the conundrum of what a muscle protein is doing in the brain. Outside the lab, Roni revels in sunrise runs, dead-of-night painting sessions, and brilliant old-time fiddling. Connect with her @RoniDengler.





Alison Gilchrist, Editor in Chief
Alison is a PhD candidate in the MCDB department. She is most interested in developmental genetics and host-pathogen interactions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and trying to convince people that vegetarian food can be good too. Until she has a cat of her own she can be found invading the personal space of other people's cats.








Aggie is a PhD student in the Department of Integrative Physiology & the Center for Neuroscience. She studies how exercise can enhance brain function and improve mental health in Dr. Monika Fleshner’s lab. When she’s not doing science or writing about it, she enjoys alternating outdoor adventures with Netflix marathons and eating brunch-related food. Connect @aggie_mika 



Amanda Grennell, Senior Editor
Amanda is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. She works with Dr. Gordana Dukovic using ultrafast lasers to study the heck out of a system that can turn sunlight into fuel. Amanda also has strong interest in science policy & advocacy, and is a co-director of the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP) at CU. Outside of academia, Amanda loves fly fishing, Tom Robbins novels, good friends & good beer. Connect @amandagrennell.






Nate Crossette, Staff Writer
Nate Crossette graduated from Muhlenberg College in2013 with a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, and the University of Cambridge in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Physics. As a physics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, Nate worked in Loren Hough’s biophysics lab studying the protein-facilitated transport of macromolecules into and out of the cell nucleus. He also has devoted much of his time to teaching physics as a graduate teaching assistant, and is interested in communicating science to both scientists and non-scientists. 


Ryan Harp, Staff Writer
Ryan is a PhD student in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department. He works in the Oceans and Climate Lab under Dr. Kris Karnauskas analyzing the interaction between climate change and crime. His scientific interests include the effects of climate change on society as well as science communication and policy. When not staring at his computer code from the lab, he enjoys exploring the mountains of Colorado via hiking and skiing.






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Former Science Buffs:


Kathy is a recent PhD graduate from physics at JILA. There she led a research project in the group of Drs. Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn using tabletop ultrafast coherent x-rays to study how heat flow and acoustic dynamics are altered by nanoscale dimensions. This project explored one aspect of her scientific curiosity – namely how powerful lasers can reveal the fundamental physics of materials; she also maintains a dabbling interest in cosmology and astrophysics, as well as new technologies for renewable energy and the growing Internet of Things. Outside the scientific realm, Kathy is an avid fan of ice hockey, making music and exploring the natural world by hiking, biking and sailing.


Joan (Jo-ahn) is a recent graduate student from the Biochemistry department working under Dr. Robert Batey. His research focused on RNA structural biology and the use of RNA for synthetic biology applications. He enjoys conversations about society’s perceptions of science and how they shape the political and economic landscape.  When he is not holding a micropippete, you can find him holding a drumstick to play the caixa, a fly-flishing rod or one of Colorado’s delicious microbrews.


Emily Pugach
Emily is a graduate from the department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She studied the role of sex hormone signaling in gender differences in cardiac biology in Leslie Leinwand's lab. Other scientific interests include stem cell and cancer biology. In her spare time Emily enjoys skiing, running, and traveling. She is currently pursuing post-doctoral work at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego. 





Bridget Menasche, Staff Writer
Bridget is a PhD candidate in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She works in Dr. Jingshi Shen’s lab, where she studies factors that contribute to T cell resistance and sensitivity of cancer cells. Her scientific interests include membrane trafficking, cell interactions, and the crazy diversity of life. When not in lab she can be found reading, cooking, and making paintings of birds.



Jenna Ryder, Staff Writer
Jenna is an undergraduate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. Her scientific interests include virology, evolutionary biology, and geology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, fencing, playing bass guitar, and forcing her Tolkien obsession on her peers





Siddharth Shukla, Staff Writer
Siddharth (Sid) is a PhD candidate in Biochemistry. He works in the lab of Dr. Roy Parker, where he is studying the RNA turnover mechanisms in hypo-RNP assembly diseases. His scientific interests include anything related to RNA and the fundamental aspects of gene expression & regulation. In his spare time, he enjoys running, tennis, soccer and reading. 

Robyn Capobianco, Staff Writer
Robyn is a PhD student in Integrative Physiology. She works under Dr. Roger Enoka in the Neurophysiology of Movement Laboratory where she is investigating flexibility, yoga, and movement patterns in people with sacroiliac joint pain. Her scientific interests include all things related to human movement. Outside of the lab, she enjoys yoga, trail running, cycling, and rock climbing with her family. 


Vishnuu Mallik, Staff Writer
Vishnuu is an M.S. student in Aerospace Engineering Sciences focusing in Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation. He is interested in working on the development of the next generation of manned space vehicles and high-speed aircraft. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading, and flying remote controlled model airplanes. 


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