After graduating from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biology, Dr. Hanlon attended the University of California, San Francisco to obtain a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her extensive molecular training in league with her interests in chromosome biology led Dr. Hanlon to pursue the unknown biology of B chromosomes in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster during her postdoctoral studies at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Dr. Hanlon’s work has launched the field of B chromosome biology in D. melanogaster and exposed exciting new directions about how these chromosomes move, form, and evolve. The Hanlon Lab will continue to explore the B chromosomes using both classic genetic and modern genomic approaches.
Kaylah attended the University of Northern Colorado for her undergraduate career, where she studied Cellular and Molecular Biology. During her time at the University of Northern Colorado, she studied cell pathway interactions in the adult stem cell niche in the testes of Drosophila melanogaster. Kaylah joined the lab in Spring 2021 and is interested in the meiotic drive of the B chromosomes.
Michelle obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees from CUNY Queens College, studying Biochemistry. During her time at Queens College, she studied interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) in S. cerevisiae. ICLs are among the most toxic forms of DNA damage. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as a research assistant at The College of New Jersey focusing on RNA splicing and RNA processing in S. cerevisiae. Michelle joined the lab in Spring 2022 and is interested in the dynamics of the B chromosomes during the meiotic divisions in females.
Shania earned her undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where she focused her Biology studies in Molecular and Cell Biology. Shania was a part of the Bryanstev Lab where she led and presented her work on intranuclear protein trafficking in Drosophila melanogaster. After entering into the Molecular and Cell Biology Ph.D. program at UConn, Shania joined the Hanlon lab in Spring 2023 and is interested in studying the composition and origin of the B chromosomes to understand more about the birth of new chromosomes and how genomes evolve.
Hanlon Lab Alumni
Current Position: graduate student, Duke University, entering class of 2022
Paulo graduated as a Molecular and Cell Biology major who joined the Hanlon Lab in the summer of 2021 as a McNair Summer Scholar. In the Hanlon Lab, Paulo investigated how the presence of B chromosomes influences gene expression in the male germline in Drosophila melanogaster by performing RNA-seq experiments on testes extracted from males that do or do not carry B chromosomes.