Current Members

Michael Welte, Ph.D. – Principal Investigator

Academic info

Queer scientist

TAGC 2024 Interview

Journal of Undergraduate Research Interview

Fun Fact: Michael currently owns 55 fly-themed t shirts and wears one almost everyday.


Pakinee Phromsiri – Graduate Student

“I want to know how development is affected when histone variant H2Av is improperly regulated.”

Fun Fact: Pakinee’s hobbies include baking treats for the lab and making our lovely fly t-shirts.




Roger White – Graduate Student

“I am studying the mechanism of fatty acid uptake and the regulation of fatty acid trafficking.”

Fun Fact: Roger has both played and coached American football.




Alicia Shipley – Graduate Student

“I am working to elucidate the dynamics of histone variant H2Av exchange on lipid droplets.”

Fun Fact: Alicia is the lab’s provider of daily Dad Jokes.





Minhao Chen- Graduate Student 

“I am studying the mechanisms of lipid droplet formation and regulation in ovaries under stress.”

Fun Fact: Minhao doesn’t like anything that tastes sweet.




Naduni De Silva- Graduate Student 

“I study the mechanism of Importin 9 in H2Av chaperoning.”

Fun Fact: Nadi is a die-hard fan of K-pop groups BTS, GOT7, and Monstax.





Noah Reger- Graduate Student 


“I am studying the role of the histone variant H2Av in developmental timing.”

Fun Fact: Noah’s favorite literary work is Faust by Goethe.




Brian Jencik – Laboratory Technician


Fun Fact: Brian has 18 siblings.





Caleb Borick- Undergraduate Researcher 


Fun Fact: Caleb schedules his sleep in 90-minute increments to avoid waking up during deep sleep periods.




Somes Jacobson- Undergraduate Researcher 

“I am studying the developmental effects of heat shock factors on Drosophila wing discs.”

Fun Fact: Somes grew up on an urban farm.




Brendan Mahaney- Undergraduate Researcher 



Fun Fact: Brendan has broken his wrist three times in the same spot.



Justin Anderson- Undergraduate Researcher







Rohan Nanduri- Undergraduate Researcher







Zoe Stanley- Undergraduate Researcher 



Fun Fact: Zoe has an identical twin




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