Our Lab

Brooke ann Napier, Phd

Principal Investigator


Favorite Podcasts

Radiolab (especially the CRISPR episode)
This Podcast Will Kill You
My Favorite Murderer
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, BS

Graduate Researcher, PhD Biology

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

Jasmine Freeman

Undergraduate Researcher, Biology Major


Favorite Podcasts

The Black Tapes
Hello From the Magic Tavern
Stuff You Should Know
Hidden Brain


Biology Student (BUILD EXITO Scholar), 2018- Present, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Associate of Arts, 2017, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Jerod Femino, BS

Graduate Researcher, M.S. Biology

Favorite Podcasts

Friends at the Table
Alice Isn't Dead
Waypoint Radio


Master of Science - Biology Candidate, 2018- Present, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2014-2018, University of Tulsa, Tulsa OK