Selected Witman Lab Alumni

Previous Graduate Students

K. Kevin Pfister
Thesis title: The outer arm dynein ATPases of Chlamydomonas
Ph.D. received: January, 1984 (Department of Biology, Princeton University)
Present position: Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA

Diane Casey
Thesis title: Molecular structure of the outer dynein arm docking complex
NIH Predoctoral Fellow: September, 2000 to August, 2003
NSF-Japan Monbusho Summer Program: June, 2001 to August, 2001
Award: Dean’s Award, UMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Ph.D. received: May, 2003 (Department of Cell Biology, UMMS)
Present position: Visiting Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases Division, Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA.

Maureen Blomberg-Wirschell 
Graduate student: March, 1999 – February, 2004 (Witman lab)
Thesis title: Chlamydomonas reinhardtii ODA5
Ph.D. received: February, 2004
Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.

Yuqing Hou
Graduate student: June, 2001 – February 2007 (Witman lab)
Thesis title: Genetic analysis of intraflagellar transport
Award: Zelda Haidak Memorial Scholar, Dept. Cell Biology, UMMS 2003-2004
Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, UMMS

Previous Postdoctoral Trainees

Dr. Stephen M. Penningroth
NIH Postdoctoral Trainee: April, 1977 July, 1978
Present Position: Executive Director, Community Science Institute, Inc., Trumansburg, NY, and Consultant, Cornell University

Dr. Cerli Rocha Gattass
Visiting Research Fellow: December, 1977 December, 1980
Present Position: Tenured faculty member, Institute of Biophysics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr. Charlotte K. Omoto
Postdoctoral Fellow: October, 1979 September, 1980
NIH NRSA Fellow: October, 1979 September, 1980
Present position: Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA

Dr. Sumio Ishijima
Postdoctoral Fellow: April, 1984 - March 1986
Present position: Tenured faculty member, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Timothy Otter
Postdoctoral Fellow: August, 1983 August, 1986
NIH NRSA Fellow: August, 1983 - December, 1984
NIH NIRA: April, 1985 - August 1986
Recent academic position: Buchanan Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Albertson College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID
Current position: Vice President for Life Sciences, Crowley David Research, Eagle, ID

Dr. Harold J. Hoops
Postdoctoral Fellow: June, 1982 August, 1987
NIH NRSA Fellow: June, 1982 May, 1985
NIH NIRA: June, 1985 August, 1987
Present position: James and Julia Lockhart Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

Dr. Jean Luc Gatti
Postdoctoral Fellow: January, 1987 - April, 1989
Present position: Charge de Recherche (Tenured Research Scientist), Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Reproduction, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Monnaie, France

Dr. Anthony G. Moss
Postdoctoral Fellow: June, 1986 - September, 1992
NIH NRSA Fellow: March, 1988 - February, 1990
Present position: Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Dr. Stephen M. King
Postdoctoral Fellow: March, 1983 - October, 1993
Present position: Professor, Department of Molecular, Microbial and Structural Biology, University of Connecticut Health Science Center, Farmington, CT

Dr. Cynthia J. Horst
Postdoctoral Fellow: September, 1989 - June, 1994
NIH NRSA Fellow: May, 1991 - April, 1993
Present position: Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Biology, and
former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Carroll College, Waskesha, WI

Dr. Anthony Koutoulis
Postdoctoral Fellow: March, 1994 to January, 1996
Present position: Associate Professor and Head, School of Plant Science, Department of Plant Science, University of Tasmania, Australia

Dr. Curtis G. Wilkerson
Postdoctoral Fellow: July, 1989 to March 1998
Present position: Associate Professor in Systems Biology and Director of Proteomics Facility, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Gregory J. Pazour
Postdoctoral Fellow: August, 1991 to July, 1997
NIH NRSA Fellow: April, 1992 to March, 1995
Instructor of Cell Biology: July, 1997 to July, 1999
Research Assistant Prof. of Cell Biology: July, 1999 to June, 2002
Present position: Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Dr. Jovenal San Agustin
Postdoctoral Fellow: September, 1989 to April, 1998
Instructor of Cell Biology: April, 1998 – June, 2006
Present position: Instructor, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Dr. Karl Lechtreck 
Postdoctoral Fellow: October, 2004 to January, 2006 
Research Assistant Prof. of Cell Biology: February, 2006 to July, 2011 
Present position: Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Dr. Antonio Castillo-Flores
Postdoctoral Fellow: January, 2008 – August, 2011
Present position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School