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Rachel Roberts-Galbraith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Cellular Biology

Rachel grew up in rural Kentucky, where she collected planarians with her dad.  She earned a B.S. from Emory University, majoring in biology and minoring in religion.  She then completed her doctoral training at Vanderbilt University, working with Kathleen Gould to study cytokinesis in fission yeast.  Next, she moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and switched gears from fission yeast to fissioning worms.  Her postdoctoral research, in the lab of Phillip Newmark, focused on regeneration of the brain in Schmidtea mediterranea (our model planarian). Rachel was supported by the National Science Foundation during her graduate studies and by the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research during her postdoctoral fellowship.

In August 2017, Rachel launched her new laboratory in the Department of Cellular Biology at the University of Georgia (faculty website here).  She is a member of the Developmental Biology Alliance, the Regenerative Bioscience Center, and the Biomedical & Health Sciences Institute, where she is affiliated with the Neuroscience Program.  She accepts graduate students through the Integrated Life Sciences program.  

email: robertsgalbraith at uga.edu

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britessia smith

Research Technician

Originally from Athens, Georgia, Britessia returned to her hometown after receiving her B.S. in Neuroscience from Agnes Scott College. In addition to being a Research Technician at the University of Georgia, she is also a part-time student working toward her second degree in computer science. In her free time she enjoys drawing, meditating, building furniture and spending time with family.


Bidushi (Tulip) Chandra

Graduate Student, Cellular Biology

Tulip is a Cellular Biology graduate student from Johns Creek, GA. She received her Bachelor's in Genetics (minor in Public Health) from University of Georgia. She chose to attend graduate school based on her interest in signaling pathways (which began during her undergraduate research experience in the Eggenschwiler lab) and her experience as part of UGA's iGEM synthetic biology research team.  Outside of lab, Tulip enjoys reading, photography, painting, and traveling. 

email: bc11341 at uga.edu


jennifer jenkins

Graduate Student, Cellular Biology

Jennifer is a Cellular Biology graduate student from Saint Simons Island, GA. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from the College of Coastal Georgia, majoring in Biological Sciences with a Coastal Ecology concentration. Her inspiration to attend graduate school stemmed from a summer undergraduate research program at Georgia Southern University, where she performed organic synthesis experiments. Jen was a theater kid in high school, so she likes to support the arts in her free time. However, she is also happy with a good football game/tailgate.

email: jennifer.jenkins at uga.edu


Garrett Medley

Graduate Student, Cellular Biology

Garrett is a Cellular Biology graduate student from Dacula, Georgia. He received his bachelors degree in biology from Georgia College & State University in 2018. Garrett’s initial research interests began in the Karen Lab - a virology lab at GCSU. There he worked on identifying the localization patterns of specific proteins during adenovirus infection. In Garrett’s spare time, he enjoys hiking and camping at state and national parks with his family.

email: garrett.medley at uga.edu


Yamini chavan

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Cellular Biology

Yamini is a third-year undergraduate from Milton, GA and a cellular biology major. She plans to attend medical school to be an ob/gyn after graduation. Outside of the lab, she is a musician and plays the keyboard, flute, and alto saxophone. 

email: yamini.chavan25 at uga.edu


Princess Dikko

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Cellular Biology

Princess is a third-year cellular biology student from Marietta, GA with a minor in Japanese. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue research and apply to graduate school. Outside of the lab, she can be found playing guitar, painting, and hanging out with friends.

email: psd50775 at uga.edu


Jada Summerville 

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Cellular Biology

Jada was born in Italy and raised in Virginia before moving to Georgia.  She is a third-year cellular biology major who plans to become an epidemiologist after attending medical school.  She spends most of her free time writing and reading comics or novels.

email: jada.summerville25 at uga.edu

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Lauren thompson

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Cellular Biology

Lauren is a third-year cellular biology student from Evans, Georgia. After she graduates, she hopes to attend medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors doing things such as hiking and kayaking.

email: let61146 at uga.edu

Previous lab members

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Alicia May

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Biology

Alicia is a third-year biology major from Dublin, GA. She hopes to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. She enjoys shopping, singing, playing soccer and volleyball, and traveling.  Alicia completed laboratory research in Summer/Fall 2018 and was supported by Peach Tree LSAMP. She presented her work on planarian glia in 2019 at the Emerging Researchers National conference.

email: am47157 at uga.edu


Mark (Christian) Adams

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Biology

Christian is a third-year Cognitive Science major from Peachtree Corners, GA. Christian completed laboratory research in Spring 2018 and was supported by CURO.

Former rotation students:

Kathy Bui - Fall 2018
Jeremy Burton - Fall 2018
Benjamin Luttinen - Fall 2018
Christina Sabin - Fall 2018
Theresa Melendez - Fall 2017