Since 1999, the Molecular Biology Graduate Program has been funded by a T32 Training Grant from NIGMS. Thanks to NIH funding each year, we award ten T32 pre-doctoral fellowships.


Meet the MOLB T32 Awardees for 2021-2022

MOLB Chloe Barrington

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina Asheville in 2014, PRA at Duke from 2015-2017

Research: Working in the Rissland Lab discovering how translational elongation speed affects mRNA degradation and protein output.

Lab: Olivia Rissland



MOLB Arely Diaz

Undergraduate: University of Texas at El Paso, NIH BUILDing SCHOLAR Fellow, BS in Microbiology

Research: I am working on characterizing how specific RNA-binding proteins, through their RNA-modifying functions, regulate RNAs in the Drosophila fat body to promote metabolic differences. My work will elucidate how male and female metabolism is established and regulated at the molecular level.

Lab: Tania Reis



Kaiah Fields

Undergraduate: BS in Biochemistry, Azusa Pacific University

Research: Understanding the function of Eya proteins in tumor associated immune populations. 

Lab: Heide Ford



Annika Gustafson

Undergraduate:  BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder

Research: My research focuses on the differential regulation of SIX1 in normal muscle development and the pediatric cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma. 

Lab: Heide Ford

MOLB Hei-Yong Lo

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis, BA 2015

Research: I study the localization of RNAs to the centrosome. What RNAs are present there? What mechanisms do they employ to get there? What happens when they become mislocalized? I am excited to understand how centrosomal RNAs affect normal and abnormal cell-division.

Lab: Matt Taliaferro


Alyssa Margolis

Undergrad: BS, Microbiology, Colorado State University 2015


Lab: Andres Vazquez-Torres


MOLB Catherine Nicholas

Undergraduate: CU Boulder 2011-2015 BA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. After, I worked at miRagen Therapeutics in Boulder 2015-2019. 

Research: Now I'm jointly in Jay Hesselberth's (MOLB/BMG/RBI) and Mia Smith's (IMMU/BDC) labs. My brief research description would be: Using nucleic acid-protein conjugates as molecular trackers.

Lab: Jay Hesselberth



Devi Rao

Undergraduate: BA, University of Colorado Boulder, 2012

Research: Using Giardia as a model organism to understand the evolution of translation.

Lab: Olivia Rissland

Dylan Sarbaugh

Undergraduate: BS, Biotechnology, City University of New York, City College, 2017

Research: Understanding the role of Chd4 in the development and function of pancreatic beta cells.

Lab: Lori Sussel

MOLB Luuli Tran

Undergraduate: BS in Neuroscience from Indiana University

Research: Understanding the gene regulatory networks that drive neural progenitors in the dorsal forebrain towards an oligodendrocyte fate.

Lab: Santos Franco