Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Juli Uhl

    Juli Uhl.Undergraduate Institution:  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

    After completion of a master’s degree at Iowa State University, I was ready to continue my education by studying for a PhD.  During my search for graduate schools, I was advised by a professor at Iowa State to consider Cincinnati Children’s.  After looking at a number of programs, I chose Children’s for graduate school primarily because of the wide variety of research topics studied in the many labs.  After three years, I find that the department is very supportive; it is easy to find someone to help with a new procedure or offer to share reagents.

    Cincinnati is a great place to live; it has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment, dining, etc. while maintaining a small-town feel.  I have found the people here to be very welcoming and kind.  Overall, the combination of a great research program and a great city has made me certain that I made the right decision in choosing Children’s.


    Bryantsev, A.L, Duong, S., Brunetti, T.M., Chechenova, M.B., Lovato, T.L., Nelson, C. Shaw, E., Uhl, J.D., Gebelein, B., and Cripps, R.M., Extradenticle and Homothorax Control Adult Muscle Fiber Identity in Drosophila. Developmental Cell. Sep 11;23(3):664-73. 2012.

    Pun, R.Y.K., Rolle, I.J., LaSarge, C.L., Hosford, B.E., Rosen, J.M., Uhl, J.D., Schmeltzer, S.N., Faulkner, C., Bronson, S.L., Murphy, B.L., Richards, D.A., Holland, K.D., and Danzer, S.C., Excessive Activation of mTOR in Postnatally Generated Granule Cells Is Sufficient to Cause Epilepsy. Neuron. Sept 20; 75 (6):1022-1034. 2012.

    Wong, K. S., Rehn, K., Palencia-Desai, S., Kohli, V., Hunter, W., Uhl, J. D., Rost, M. S. and Sumanas, S. Hedgehog Signaling is Required for Differentiation of Endocardial Progenitors in Zebrafish. Developmental Biology. Jan 15;361(2):377-91. 2012.

    McGrail, M., Hatler, J. M., Kuang, X., Liao, H. K., Nannapaneni, K., Watt, K. E., Uhl, J. D., Largaespada, D. A., Vollbrecht, E., Scheetz, T. E., Dupuy A. J., Hostetter J. M., Essner J. J. Somatic mutagenesis with a Sleeping Beauty transposon system leads to solid tumor formation in zebrafish. PLoS One. Apr 21;6(4):e18826. 2011.

    Uhl, J.D. T.A. Cook, and B. Gebelein.  Comparing anterior and posterior Hox complex formation reveals guidelines for predicting cis-regulatory elements. Developmental Biology.  Jul 1; 343(1-2):154-66. 2010.