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Autumn Fletcher

Autumn Fletcher

Autumn is a native of the Pacific Northwest.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Western Washington University in 2003.   In between getting her B.S. and beginning the doctoral Program in Molecular & Cellular Biosciences at OHSU in 2007, she gained research experience by working at OHSU in the labs of Dr. Sumeet Chugh, and Dr. Daniel Marks.   In 2008, she joined the lab of Dr. Melanie Gillingham as a graduate research assistant and began working on the development of a retinal cell culture model of a fatty acid oxidation (FAO) disorder, long-chain 3-hydroxyacylCoA dehydrogenase deficiency (LCHADD).  Autumn is also a student in the Human Investigations Program at OHSU, and aims to graduate with a Masters in Clinical Research around the same time she hopes to finish her PhD dissertation.  Ultimately, she would like to use the skills she develops during these programs organizing and performing clinical research studies while teaching at a college level.

Read Autumn's post on the OHSU StudentSpeak Blog,"No scientist is an island"


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 started at OHSU in the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences in 2010.  In March of 2011, she decided to perform her doctoral research in the lab of Dr. Susan B. Olson while working towards a degree in Molecular and Medical Genetics.  Nichole is currently working on Fanconi anemia – a recessive disorder that, among other things, results in genomic instability and a strong predisposition to cancer.  Her work focuses on radials - aberrant chromosome structures that are a hallmark of Fanconi anemia.  She is investigating 1) LIG4 and ERCC1, two proteins that may be responsible for radial formation, and 2) the timing and localization of proteins implicated in radial formation to individual radial structures.  Nichole is an ARCS scholar and is interested in pursuing a career in translational medicine.

Nichole has been featured on the School of Medicine News site because of her work to help unravel the mystery of a rare blood disorder passed from parents to their children. Full Article


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.