Ellie De Leon
Master's Student, 2016-2018
Ellie graduated with a B.A. in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied the aggregation of small heat shock proteins with Dr. Kathryn A McMenimen. During this time Ellie was exposed to aging research, and became interested in the disproportionate risk of diabetes in the elderly. Understanding the mechanism of insulin secretion and its relation to aging is what drew Ellie to the Merrins lab, where she was funded by the Biotechnology Training Program. Ellie received her Masters degree from the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) at UW-Madison in 2018, having published a first-author paper in Scientific Reports and a collaborative publication in Endocrinology. Ellie is currently a middle school teacher in rural Pennsylvania.
Dr. Trillian Gregg
Graduate student in Biophysics, 2014-2017
Trilly received her B.A. from Bard college in Cellular Biophysics working under Professor Sandy Simon and Professor Michael Tibbetts, before joining the Program in Biophysics at UW-Madison. Working in the Merrins lab, Trilly received her Ph.D. in Biophysics in 2017, and did a short postdoc in the Merrins lab before moving to Amsterdam to take a position at Lumicks, where she designs instrumentation for dynamic single-molecule analyses. During her PhD research, Trilly published 2 first-author papers, in Diabetes and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and contributed 5 additional collaborative publications.
Research Technician, 2014-2017
Brian graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and worked for 5 years as a research technician at the University of Minnesota. Brian helped start the Merrins Lab, and published three co-author papers in Diabetes, Cell Reports, and J. Physiology. Brian fell in love with the graduate student next door (yes, really!), and moved to sunny southern California. He is now working with Dr. Smita Iyer at UC Davis, and has moved from mice to primate research.
Research Technician, 2014-2016
Che received his B.A. in Physics from Oberlin College. He then joined the Merrins lab as an associate research specialist for two years and worked primarily on patch-clamp electrophysiology and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) in pancreatic islets. Currently, he is attending graduate school at the University of Cambridge, UK and is part of the Laser Analytics Group building fast, automated FLIM microscopes and using them to study neurodegeneration in C. elegans. Che is from Nepal and loves traveling around Europe in his spare time.