Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Program Alumni

    Graduates of the Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation have gone on to careers in academia, industry, law, computer science and government.

    Many have achieved postdoctoral fellowships in some of the top research laboratories in the country and advanced to faculty positions at leading universities and undergraduate colleges.

    Program graduates also have reached leadership positions in business and the growing biomedical technology industry.

    Featured Alumni

    photo of TJ Plageman.

    TJ Plageman

    I highly value the rigorous training I received from the Molecular and Developmental Biology graduate program and regard it as a major factor for my career advancement. Not only was I surrounded by fantastic mentors, including my graduate advisor Katherine Yutzey, but I also was immersed in an environment that was extremely collaborative, academic, and technologically advanced. During my training, I became interested in the developmental biology of the eye and used it as a basis for my qualifying exam. After graduating, this experience led me to take a post-doctoral position at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Richard Lang’s lab where I identified major mechanisms that contribute to the morphogenesis of the embryonic ocular lens. I have recently taken a position in the College of Optometry at The Ohio State University as an assistant professor where I plan to lead a research group to continue studying mechanisms of embryonic eye development.

  • Where are they now?

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    + Learn more about where our alumni are currently working.


    Year Graduated


    Current Position

    William Au


    Shirley Soukup

    Associate Dean, Shantou University Medical College, China

    Thomas Kunkel


    Ralph Meyer

    Principle Investigator, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

    Thomas Koerner


    Ralph Meyer

    Director of Research Information Management, American Cancer Society

    Donna King


    Jerry Lingrel

    Director of Regional Medical and Research Specialsts, Pfizer, Inc.

    Melanie Bruno


    Roger Ganschow

    Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs & Quality, Kendle International Inc.

    Stephen Small


    Richard Akeson

    Chair & Professor of Biology, New York University

    John McNeish


    Steve Potter

    Executive Director of Regenerative Medicine, Pfizer, Inc.

    Satbir Kaur


    Steve Potter

    Global Alliance Director, Hoffmann-La Roche

    Karen Acuff-Smith


    Charles Vorhees

    Scientist, Procter & Gamble

    Robert Bohinski


    Jeff Whitsett

    Neurosurgeon, Mayfield Clinic

    Mary Beth Thomas


    Dan Wiginton

    Vice President for Centers for Innovation Program, North Carolina Biotechnology Center

    Claudia Henemyre-Harris


    Edith Markoff

    Major in the Medical Service Corps, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

    LaRonda Morford


    Charles Vorhees

    Research Advisor, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Company

    Thomas Reed


    Muthu Periasamy

    Founder & Chief Science Officer, Intrexon Inc.

    Peng Jin


    Greg Grabowski

    Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, Emory University

    Juliana Johnson


    Tim Weaver

    Staff Scientist in the Translational Research Institute, Scripps Florida

    Brenna Carey


    Jeff Whitsett

    Project Manager, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Paul Reynolds


    Jeff Whitsett

    Assistant Professor of Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University

    Shawna Hottinger


    Jeff Robbins

    Scientific Writer, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

    Curtis Grace


    Charles Vorhees

    Study Director in Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Covance

    Monique Morrison


    Susa Wells

    Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stewart Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah

    Bo Zhou


    Xinhua Lin

    Postdoctoral Researcher of Cell & Developmental Biology, University of California, San Diego

    Nikki Glenn


    Saulius Sumanas

    Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

  • Contact Us

    For more information about the Molecular and Developmental Biology Program at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati, email or call 513-636-4545. You can also apply online at our application page.