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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

Jason M. Brown, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bachelor of Science in Genetics, The University of Georgia
Ph.D. in Cellular Biology, The University of Georgia 
Regulation of genes encoding flagellar proteins; generation and analysis of Chlamydomonas motility mutants

Junya Awata, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chiba University, Japan
Master of Science in Biology, Chiba University, Japan
Ph.D. in Plant Physiology and Biophysics, Chiba University, Japan 
Elucidation of protein functions in the cilium

Tomohiro Kubo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bachelor of Science in Biology, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Master of Science in Biology, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Ph.D. in Biology, The University of Tokyo, Japan 
The role of tubulin polyglutamylation in cilia/flagella