MEET THE LAB



Anne Carlson, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and worked with Bertil Hille and Donner Babcock studying the preparation of sperm for fertilization. For my postdoctoral studies, I focused ion channel structure and function in the laboratory of William Zagotta.  I am now interested in the earliest signaling events of fertilization as well as the regulation of Ca2+-activated Cl- channels.


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Katie Wozniak

Graduate Student

Katie graduated from Duquesne University in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Her undergraduate research focused on optimizing methods for robotic liquid handling systems utilized by the Division of Laboratory Sciences at the CDC. Her current research focuses on understanding the first moments of zygote development, with hopes of using this information to design novel contraceptives. Katie has been awarded both the Mellon Fellowship and the Margaret A. Oweida Fellowship to support her graduate studies and a Larry Ewing Trainee Travel Fellowship from the Society for the Study of Reproduction.


Wase Tembo

Graduate Student

Wase graduated from Lake Forest College in 2015 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Biology. Her undergraduate research focused on the role of alpha synuclein mutations in Parkinson’s disease pathology using yeast as a model. Her current research focuses on understanding how acidic phospholipids, such as PIP2, regulate gating of the Ca2+-activated Cl- channel TMEM16a. Wase has been awarded an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship to support her graduate studies.


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Rachel Bainbridge

Graduate Student

Rachel graduated from West Virginia University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Psychology. Her undergraduate research focused on plant response to abiotic stressors. Her current research focuses on uncovering the cascade of events that occurs when the sperm meets the egg. 


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Meghan Hanson

Undergraduate Researcher

Meghan is a sophomore at Pitt and joined the lab fall of 2017. Together with Kavya and Madelyn, Meghan is studying the role that extracellular ions may play in fertilization and early embryonic development in Xenopus laevis.



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Kavya Pasumarthy

Undergraduate Researcher

Kavya is a sophomore at Pitt and joined the lab spring of 2018. Together with Meghan and Madelyn, Kavya is examining the role of extracellular ions in Xenopus laevis fertilization and early embryonic development.



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Madelyn Czekalski

Undergraduate Researcher

Madelyn is a sophomore at Pitt and joined the lab summer of 2018. Together with Kavya and Meghan, Madelyn is examining the role of extracellular ions in Xenopus laevis fertilization and early embryonic development. Madelyn is currently funded by a HHMI summer research fellowship.