Kristen (Hager) Butler, BA’04, received a degree in dental hygiene from Prairie State College in 2008. She married her college sweetheart, Jared Butler, BSEduc’04. They live in the Chicago area and have two sons, a six-year old and a two-year old. Butler works part-time now, but plans to work full-time once both boys are in school.
Nathan Feirer, PhD’17, accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health. He works with Professor David Andes, M.D., who is chief of the Division of Infectious Disease. Feirer works on biofilm formation in pathogenic yeast in the Andes lab.
Jessica L. Hite, PhD’16, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Biological Sciences. She is a member of Assistant Professor Clay Cressler’s laboratory.
In June 2016, Lambda Legal Skadden Fellow Kara N. Ingelhart, BA’12, was named a Windy City Times “30 Under 30” honoree. The honor is awarded to thirty LGBTQ individuals and their allies 30 years of age or younger who have made substantial contributions to the LGBTQ community in the Chicago area. Ingelhart was awarded the Lambda Legal Skadden Fellowship, a prestigious award that allows graduating law students to provide legal services to the poor and underprivileged, in December 2014. The Skadden Fellowship Program, described as “a legal Peace Corps” by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 and provides recent law school graduates with a salary and benefits for two years. Ingelhart’s project focused on helping LGBT youth deal with legal issues.
Jamie L. Kostyun, PhD’17, accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont. Kostyun will be working in Jill Preston’s lab, where they investigate the genetic and developmental basis of trait evolution and adaptation.
Erkin Kuru, BS’16, was recognized with the University Graduate School’s Distinguished Ph.D. Dissertation Award this year for his dissertation, “Fresh Approaches for Decorating Peptidoglycan Cell Walls Advance Fundamental Knowledge about Bacterial Growth.” His research was co-advised by Yves Brun (Biology) and Michael VanNieuwenhze (Chemistry). Kuru is now a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in George Church’s laboratory.
Fredrick J. Lee, PhD’16, is a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts University’s Department of Biology. He is a member of Benjamin Wolfe’s lab, where he researches the role of microbiomes in shaping development and regeneration of their hosts.
Brittany A. Niccum, PhD'16, is a postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University. Niccum is a member of Assistant Professor Benjamin Wolfe's laboratory where she works on the causes and consequences of diversification within microbiomes.
In July 2015, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation named three IU graduates among its class of Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows. The 49 fellows included Thomas A. Sheppard, BS’15, Sarah K. Cukrowicz, BFA/BS’13, and Caitlynn Richardson, BA’15. The highly competitive program recruits recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools. Each fellow receives $30,000 to complete a specially designed master’s degree program. In return, fellows commit to teach for three years in urban and rural Indiana schools that most need strong STEM teachers.
Marta Shocket, PhD’16, is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University in the Department of Biology. She is a member of Assistant Professor Erin Mordecai’s laboratory, where Shocket studies how temperature impacts the transmission of mosquito- and fly-vectored diseases.
Mo Siddiq, BS' 12, continues his research career as an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Chicago as a part of Joe Thornton's laboratory. In the last year and a half, he married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Munroe, and was a lead author of a study that demonstrated, for the first time, that ancient genes can be put into modern animals to directly learn about what happened during evolution. For this project, which was published in the Jan. 2017 issue of Nature Ecology & Evolution, Siddiq collaborated with former Department of Biology faculty member, Kristi Montooth, with whom his research career began here at IU.
Delawrence J. Sykes, PhD’17, accepted an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. He will be working in the lab of Dr. Jacek Debiec investigating the neural mechanisms of memory reconsolidation and fear learning in rats. Sykes hopes to learn more about maternal transmission of fear and the impact of early trauma on adult behavior. Through this fellowship, he is teaching this fall at Wayne County Community College of Detroit.
James K. Yi, BS’07, MD’11, is a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state. He has been a flight surgeon for more than three years but in 2016 became the flight surgeon for VQ-1, the Navy’s only Fleet Air Reconnaissance squadron. He entered an anesthesiology residency in July 2016 at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.