Dr. Anthony J. Saviola
Anthony graduated with his PhD from the University of Northern Colorado in spring 2015, and he received both the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence (PhD student) and the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation. His dissertation explored several aspects of the biological roles of disintegrins in venoms and their potential as anti-cancer therapeutics contributing to rational drug design. He also conducted proteomic analyses of rattlesnake and colubrid snake venoms and published the proteome of the Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) from Colorado. He was a postdoctoral research scientist at Cornell Medical School in New York City and was working in a cancer research laboratory where he honed many molecular techniques and coauthored several papers. Anthony is currently a postdoctoral research scientist in the lab of Dr. John Yates at the Scripps Institute in San Diego, CA.
Cassie Modahl is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from UNC with her PhD in 2016, receiving the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence (PhD). She specializes in RNA-seq, differential gene expression, de novo transcriptome assembly and proteomics. She is now a postdoctoral research fellow in the lab of Dr. R.M. Kini at the National University of Singapore, and is working on several projects involving bioinformatics related to mosquito-borne viral diseases. However, she also still works on venomous snake transcriptomics, proteomics and genomics. Cassie has an interest in integrated ‘omic’ methods to tackle research questions, with a focus on research questions involving molecular adaptation in predator-prey and vector-pathogen systems. When not doing research, Cassie enjoys traveling around southeast Asia and long distance running.
Dr. Cassandra M. Modahl
Brenda K. Jones
Brenda Jones completed her Masters degree on the venom phenotype of the White-lipped Island Pitviper, Trimeresurus insularis, in 2015. She is currently working at HTG Molecular Diagnostics in Tucson AZ as a Corporate Applications Specialist.
Chris Rex completed his Masters degree at UNC in 2013; he is currently a math teacher at Fort Wayne Community Schools in Indiana.