Our Lab

Brooke ann Napier, Phd

Principal Investigator


Favorite Podcasts

Radiolab (especially the CRISPR episode)
Fresh Air
2 Dope Queens
The Daily (New York Times)



Doctor of Philosophy, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, 2008-2013, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Bachelor of Arts, Neuroscience, 2003-2007, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

James Hickman, MS

Lab Manager


Favorite Podcasts

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
Judge John Hodgman
The Adventure Zone



Master of Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2016-2017, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences, 2009-2013, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Jesse Corcoran

Post-bac Researcher, Biology Major

Favorite Podcasts

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Pod Save America
Waking Up Podcast
Stuff You Should Know



Bachelor of Science, Biological Science (Concentration: Cell and Molecular Biology), 2014-2016, California State University - East Bay, Hayward, CA

Damon Williams, RN

Post-bac Researcher, Psyciatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP)


Undergraduate Researcher, Biology Major

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Favorite Podcasts

I don't podcast; I read the X-Men.  All of the X-Men.  No, really, *all* of the X-Men.  I started with the first issue- from 1963- and I have been working my way through the entire series, including guest appearances and side books and *all* of it.  I'm now halfway through 1991.  If you want to talk about how you can watch a society's values and social norms change through comics, I can wax on about this for days.


Biology Student, 2017-Present (Expected Graduation: Summer 2019), Portland State University, Portland,OR

Associate of Science (Highest Honors), 2013-2017, Portland Community College, Portland, OR