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Gern Lab

Meet the Team

  • Mehnaz  Halima

    Mehnaz Halima

    Research Scientist I

    Mehnaz is a recent graduate with a BA in biology from New York University. During that time, she worked in Dr. Duncan Smith’s lab studying ribonucleotide excision repair in yeast. She is currently working as a research technician at the Gern Lab, while preparing to pursue medical school.

  • Molly  Kanagy

    Molly Kanagy

    Graduate Student

    Molly is a graduate student in the Pathobiology program through the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Whitman College and spent time working in Dr. Justin Taylor’s lab at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center before beginning her graduate education. Her research interests are in exploring in host immune factors which contribute to distinct pulmonary pathology and progression in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections. In her free time Molly enjoys trying-out different recipes, working in her garden, and exploring new trails.

  • Mari  Morikawa

    Mari Morikawa

    Student Helper

    Mari is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington and plans to graduate with a BS in biology (physiology) and a minor in bioethics. She first joined Dr. Kevin Urdahl's lab in 2021 through the UW TB Scholars Program and is excited to continue in the Gern lab.

  • Sylvia  Stull, BS

    Sylvia Stull, BS

    Lab Manager (Research Scientist II)

    Sylvia is a career laboratory scientist. After earning her BS in biology from the University of Washington, she began her career working in husbandry and spent many years working with multiple labs at Fred Hutch Cancer Center, including an extended period working in an immunology lab. Outside of the lab, Sylvia enjoys volunteering at the zoo and is an avid world traveler.

  • Riley Zielinski

    Riley Zielinski

    Graduate Student

    Riley is a current graduate student in the Pathobiology program. She completed her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College, where her senior thesis was advised by Dr. Ronan Carroll. She is additionally an alumna of the DAAD RISE exchange program, in which she completed a research project with Dr. Frank Mockenhaupt in Berlin, Germany. Her current research interests include exploring factors that contribute to Mycobacterium tuberculosis lesion structure and pathology. In her free time, she is an avid reader and embroiderer.

Former Lab Members

Josepha Klas headshot.jpgJosepha Klas (Research Scientist I)

Current: Graduate Student, University of Copenhagen Biochemistry Program