Lab Members

Katherine McJunkin
Acting Section Chief
Katie did her Ph.D. training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory with Scott Lowe (currently MSKCC). She moved to C. elegans and Worcester, Massachusetts to do her postdoc with Victor Ambros as UMass Medical School. She began her independent research program at NIH in 2017, and is having fun leading a team of young scientists.
Lars Benner
Lars Benner
Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
Lars graduated from University of Tampa with a degree in Molecular Biology and is currently a post-baccalaureate research fellow in the lab. He is studying the regulation of Argonaute proteins during development and genetic interactions of the sex determination pathway with microRNAs.
Bridget Donnelly
Bridget Donnelly
Graduate Student, NIH-JHU Graduate Partnership Program
Bridget is a Ph.D. student through the NIH-Johns Hopkins Graduate Partnership Program. She comes to us with a Biochemistry degree from Allegheny College and a Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins. Her project focuses on the understanding the how the mir-35 family of microRNAs is regulated.
Acadia Grimme
Acadia Grimme
Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
Acadia graduated from University of Delaware in 2018 with a degree in Biology. During her post-baccalaureate fellowship, she is studying the mir-51 family of microRNAs using forward genetic screens and deep sequencing.
Katherine Prothro
Katherine Prothro
Post-Baccalaureate Fellow
Katie graduated from Wake Forest University in 2017 with a degree in Biology. She is working as a post-baccalaureate research fellow in the lab. She is investigating the role of tailing in microRNA turnover in C. elegans.
Bing Yang
Bing Yang
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bing received her Ph.D. in Biology from Syracuse University where she worked with Eleanor Maine studying the interplay between H3K9 dimethylation, DNA repair and small RNAs in C. elegans. Prior to her graduate work, Bing received her undergraduate degree from Wuhan University in Hubei, China. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Bing is working on defining the microRNA binding sites that are essential for development in C. elegans, taking innovative CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing approaches.