I'm an assistant professor within the Divisions of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and Developmental Biology. I'm also a member of the Center for Stem Cell & Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM). I received a bachelor's degree in biomedical science from Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan). I earned a PhD in molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), where I studied cell fate selection in the intestinal epithelium using mouse models with Dr. Linda Samuelson. I did my postdoctoral training at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) with Dr. Thaddeus Stappenbeck, where my research was focused on Crohn’s disease pathogenesis mechanisms and developed a culture system for human intestinal epithelial cells. I joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2018 and continue to study Crohn’s disease and intestinal stem cells. Outside the lab, I can be found doing the NYT crossword or tending plants in the community garden.
I received my bachelor's degree in molecular and cellular biology from Vanderbilt University in 2010, followed by my MD/PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 2019. My thesis work with Dr. Mark Jackson, PhD, focused on characterizing a novel family of oncogenes in an aggressive form of breast cancer. After graduation, I moved to Cincinnati to complete a residency in pediatrics. I'm now a clinical fellow in pediatric gastroenterology. In the lab, I'm working to identify ultrastructural brush border changes in patients with Crohn’s Disease. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, dog, and two cats, and visiting Disney theme parks.
I earned a PhD in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2023. I began working at Cincinnati Children's and joined the VanDussen Lab in 2023. In the lab, I study intestinal brush border gene mutations using both mouse and spheroid epithelial cell models. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, fishkeeping, doing puzzles, and playing board games and card games with my husband, Brian.
I received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Wright State University in 2020. I joined the VanDussen Lab in 2020. In the lab I manage the mouse colonies. My research project is focused on understanding the consequences of a defective brush border on intestinal epithelial cells using mice with genetic mutations, fed a high fat diet, or exposed to intestinal injuries. In my leisure time, I'm an adventure enthusiast (roller coasters and more). I also enjoy cooking new recipes.
I'm an undergraduate student studying medical sciences at the University of Cincinnati. I joined the VanDussen lab in 2023. Currently, my research project is focused on understanding the consequences of dysfunctional intestinal epithelial brush border on intestinal injury outcomes. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing sports, and spending time outdoors.
I'm a PhD candidate in the molecular and developmental biology program. I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio State University in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in biology, and a minor in Spanish. I joined the VanDussen Lab in 2020. My research project is focused on understanding the impact of a master lipid sensing pathway in the intestine using novel conditional mouse models. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends, running, and playing rec sports.
I received my master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Wright State University in 1998. I've worked at Cincinnati Children's since 2001 and joined the VanDussen Lab in 2020. In the lab, my focus is on developing new methodologies, culturing intestinal spheroid epithelial cells with mature brush borders, and helping lab members learn new techniques. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outdoors taking wildlife photographs, hiking, and skiing.