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  • Vaishnavi Balaji

    Vaishnavi Balaji

    Vaishnavi grew up in Nashik, India and has a Bachelor of Technology in Genetic Engineering from SRMIST, Kattankulathur. She graduated with her Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of New Haven in December 2022. During her Masters, Vaishnavi studied the developmental role of autism risk gene adnp, in a zebrafish model. In her free time, she likes watching anime and reading classic literature.

  • Alexia Barcus

    Alexia Barcus

    Alexia graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S in Biology & Biotechnology and a minor in Biochemistry. She joined the Thyme Lab after graduating in May 2023 and is excited to gain experience in neurobiological research and work with zebrafish. Outside of the lab, Alexia spends her time reading, listening to music, and trying new coffee shops around the area.

  • Mary Shay Capps

    Mary Shay Capps


    Mary Shay Capps is a graduate of the UAB Genetics and Genomic Sciences BS program. Following her undergraduate degree, she joined the MS Program in Multidisciplinary Biomedical Science (MBS), working in the Thyme lab, and graduated in December 2021. She has since joined the Thyme lab as a Researcher III.

  • Ari Ginsparg

    Ari Ginsparg

    Graduate Student

    Graduate Student; GBS Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Theme

    B.S.: Missouri University of Science and Technology; Chemistry and Bioinformatics Minors

    I joined the Thyme Lab in March, 2020. For my thesis project, I have developed a drug discovery algorithm to the Rosetta protein modeling suite and am working to validate the predictive accuracy of the algorithm. I have a mixed background in prior work, ranging from detecting environmental DNA from Missouri streams, writing algorithms to detect structural variants, and care and husbandry for dozens of arthropod species. 

  • Jacqueline Martinez

    Jacqueline Martinez

  • Anna Moyer

    Anna Moyer


    Ph.D.: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Roger Reeves’ lab

    B.S., M.S.: The University of Alabama

    Anna Moyer graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in September 2021. She is interested in gene-dosage effects in aneuploidy with a focus on how overexpression of chromosome 21 genes contributes to abnormal neurodevelopment in people with Down syndrome. She joined the Thyme lab in February 2022 and is currently exploring how misexpression of chromatin regulators affects Sonic hedgehog signaling. Her research interests are inspired by her brother Sam, who has Down syndrome, and she also maintains a website of visual recipes to teach basic cooking skills to people with intellectual disabilities. In her free time, you can find Anna knitting, drinking tea, and watching the Food Network with her cats, Matilda and Pierogi.

  • Jack Yuanwei Cheng

    Jack Yuanwei Cheng

    Graduate Student
    Jack graduated from Brandeis University with B.S. in Biology and a minor in Journalism. During his time at Brandeis, Jack studied endosomal trafficking at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Currently, Jack is exploring the role of mitochondria dynamics in early zebrafish brain development. Outside of work, Jack enjoys photography and cooking.