Rachel Roberts-Galbraith, PhD

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).  

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

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.


jennifer jenkins

Graduate Student, Cellular Biology

Jennifer is a Cellular Biology graduate student who has a Bachelor's Degree from the College of Coastal Georgia.  She majored in Biological Sciences with a Coastal Ecology concentration. In her free time, she enjoys sports (both playing and watching) and fine arts (specifically theatre).

email: jennifer.jenkins at uga.edu



Yamini chavan

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Cellular Biology

Yamini is a second-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 second-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

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Alicia May

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Biology

Alicia is a second-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. 

email: am47157 at uga.edu

Jada Summerville 

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Biology


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Lauren thompson

Undergraduate (Class of 2020), Cellular Biology

Lauren is a second-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.

Previous lab members

Mark (Christian) Adams: Undergraduate Research Spring 2018

now Hiring!

Please contact us if you are interested in a position in the Roberts-Galbraith laboratory.

Post-doctoral candidates: Please send your CV, representative publications, and names/contact information for 3 letters of reference.

Graduate students and prospective graduate students:  Most prospective graduate students should apply to UGA through the Integrated Life Sciences program.  Students interested in rotating in the Roberts-Galbraith laboratory should contact Rachel (see above) to arrange a meeting to discuss the lab and our current research interests.

Undergraduate students:  We are currently not taking additional students, but we will be taking 2 new students into the laboratory for Summer 2019.  We give priority to 1st/2nd year students who are interested in committing to a research opportunity for at least 3 semesters (which could include summer term).  Interested students should email Rachel (see above) to describe your interest and future plans.  Please include a CV/résumé.  Interested students should also check out the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities for additional information about getting course credit or receiving a research assistantship/summer fellowship.