Current Members

Aaron Turkewitz

Aaron Turkewitz
Ciliate Guy

Aaron is a professor in the department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Committee on Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology, as well as the Committee on Microbiology. He supervises the lab including the orchids and succulents. You can find his CV here.

Contact: apturkew

Daniela Sparvoli

Daniela Sparvoli
Postdoc Extraordinaire

Daniela joined the lab in 2014, but she has worked with ciliates beginning with her graduate education at the University of Camerino, Italy. Her current research focuses on the mechanisms of mucocyst formation in T. thermophila.

Contact: dsparvoli

Lev Tsypin

Lev Tsypin
Benevolent spectre

Lev joined the lab in 2014, as a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago. His research focused on the bioinformatic inference of gene functions in T. thermophila and developing reverse genetics tools for the diatom Seminavis robusta.

Contact: ltsypin

Join our group!

We are looking for motivated graduate students and postdocs who share our interests in membrane trafficking, evolutionary cell biology, and genetics. If you are interested, please contact Aaron.

Former Members and Their Current Positions

Harsimran Kaur

Santosh Kumar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dept. of Cell Biology, Yale University (with Michael Koelle)

Cassandra Kontur

PhD Student

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Yale University (laboratory of Antonio Giraldez)

Joseph Briguglio

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dept of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin at Madison (with Ed Chapman)

Scott Nelson

PhD Student

Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign (laboratory of Jim Miller)

Lydia Bright

Assistant Professor

Abdur Rahaman


National Institute of Scientific Education and Research, Bhubaneswar, India

Niels Bradshaw

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard University (with Richard Losick)

Nels Elde

Assistant Professor

Dept of Human Genetics, University of Utah
Mario Capecchi Endowed Chair in Genetics

Grant Bowman

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Molecular Biology, Univ. of Wyoming

Andrew Cowan

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Surgery, University of New Mexico Albuquerque
Director of Otolaryngology Research
Co-director of Robotic Surgery

Kyle Edwards

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Oceanography, University of Hawai’I at Manoa

John Verbsky


Alex Haddad

MossRehab Therapy Department

Graduate of Drexel University’s DPT program 2010
Orthopedic Resident, Arcadia University

N. Doane Chilcoat

Director of Applied Technology Systems (ATS), Pioneer Hi-Bred

Sharon Melia (Grogan)

 Veterinary doctor, Grayslake, IL