Jen Gutzman, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Jen’s scientific career has migrated back and forth between Massachusetts and Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she was also a Division I field hockey player (Roll UMass). She then received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology. Following graduate school, she moved to Boston where she worked as a postdoc at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical research. It was during her postdoc that she fell in love with development and the zebrafish model system. When not in the lab or teaching, you can try to keep up with her as she chases her three boys from one soccer game to the next.
Elizabeth (Libby) Falat, Ph.D. Candidate
Libby grew up in Visalia, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular biology from California State University – Long Beach. Following graduation, she completed a yearlong internship through the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine at UC – Irvine researching stem cells and Huntington’s Disease. Libby is currently interested in understanding the role of the basement membrane in brain morphogenesis. When not in lab, she enjoys writing, traveling, and binge watching Netflix.
Laura Rolfs, Ph.D. Candidate
Laura grew up in Mequon, Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Laura is currently interested in the lab’s projects related to MYH9-Related Disease and understanding the role of non-muscle myosin IIA in development. In her free time she loves to spend time outdoors hiking or camping with friends.
Ryan Garde, M.S. Student
Ryan is from Monroe, WI. While completing his undergraduate studies in Cell & Molecular Biology at UW-Milwaukee, he joined the Gutzman lab for research experience and slowly became a full time member. In this time, he was “brainwashed” by Dr. Gutzman to continue his research and return to the lab in pursuit of a Master’s degree. Ryan has contributed to the lab’s myosin and wnt5b projects, but his thesis work utilized the adult zebrafish in testing the potential for protein hydrogels as therapeutics for intestinal disease. When not in the lab, Ryan is an avid sneaker collector and enjoys watching sports (Packers, Bucks, Brewers), traveling, and HBO.
Michelle Kasdorf, M.S. Student (Non-Thesis)
Claire Burkard, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Former Graduate Students
Mike Visetsouk, Ph.D.
Nathan Meinhardt, M.S.
Srishti Sahu, M.S.
Luke Spychalla, M.S.
Former Undergraduate Researchers
Jennifer Wendlick, B.S.
Westin Knigge, B.S.
Thomas Stancato, B.S.
Ana-Maria Raicu, B.S.
Leah Hennes, B.S.
Former Research Associates
Molly Nellen, B.S.
Samuel Thompson, B.S.
Constance Kwas, M.S.