Graduate Students

Ellie Juarez

Ellie Juarez

Ellie is from Monterrey, Mexico and grew up in Brownsville Texas. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from The University of Texas at Brownsville in 2010. She came to Portland in the fall of 2011 and joined the PMCB program at OHSU. She is currently a graduate student in the Molecular and Medical Genetics Department and is a member of the McCullough-Lloyd lab. Her current work focuses on the importance of chromatin remodeling for the processing of DNA-protein crosslinks induced by formaldehyde exposure. When not in lab she loves to explore new cuisines and restaurants in and around the Pacific Northwest, and attend all sorts of sporting events.

Asia Mitchell

Asia Mitchell

Asia Mitchell graduated in 2008 from Chatham University, in Pittsburgh, PA, with a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry, and subsequently, in 2009, completed a Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. She came to OHSU soon after to work in the lab of Dr. Amanda Vinson, and then began her graduate studies, in 2011, through the Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences at OHSU. In June of 2012, Asia joined the lab of Paul Spellman, Ph.D. and is pursuing a degree in Molecular and Medical Genetics. She is currently working on elucidating receptor tyrosine kinase signaling disruption in luminal and basal subtypes of breast cancer. Ultimately, Asia would like to develop a research career focused on personalize or precision medicine within academia.

Nichole Owen

Nichole Owen

Nichole Owen is originally from Alameda, CA but moved to Washington during high school. She received two Bachelors of Science degrees in Genetics and Cell Biology and Microbiology from Washington State University in 2010.  She is currently a graduate student in the Molecular and Medical Genetics Department and is a member of the Olson lab. Her current work focuses on understanding the basis of genome instability in Fanconi anemia and Bloom syndrome. While not a popular life choice in Portland, she is a die-hard Sounders fan, and enjoys most other sports.

John Powers

John Powers

John Powers was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. He received his Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in chemistry and molecular biology from Washington State University in 2011. He is currently a graduate student in the Molecular and Medical Genetics Department. As a member of Dr. Hiroyuki Nakai's lab, his current work focuses on the development of novel adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors and AAV vector mediated approaches for ocular diseases. His main project aims to identify optimal neuroprotection and gene therapy approaches for inherited eye diseases. When not in lab, John enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Lizzy Sunderhaus

Lizzy Sunderhaus

Lizzy is a native of Cincinnati, OH, and she recently graduated from Cedar Crest College with her BS degree in 2012 as valedictorian of her class.  While there, she pursued a major in Genetic Engineering with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in Forensic Science.  Lizzy was also a student athlete playing basketball and being awarded a Second Team Capital One Academic All-American in Division III, a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and the Jostens Trophy.  She came to OHSU straight from undergraduate through the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences.  In April of 2013, Lizzy joined Doris Kretzschmar’s lab, and she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Molecular and Medical Genetics.  She is currently working with Drosophila melanogaster to determine the significance of circadian rhythm genes influencing neurodegeneration in the Alzheimer’s disease fly models.  Ultimately, Lizzy would like to develop a research career that involves clinical diagnostics and teaching at a college level.