Meet the Creators of @GradSlack

Brae Bigge


I’m Brae Bigge! I graduated last year from Wichita State University with a BS in Biochemistry-Chemistry, and I just finished my first year as a graduate student at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I’m still rotating to decide my research focus, but I’m very interested in protein biochemistry. I was awarded the Self Graduate Fellowship this year, which allows me to develop professionally while working towards my career goals and my personal goals of creating a STEM-related outreach program for students in rural communities. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, hiking and staying active, watching Netflix, and reading.

Rosalyn Henn

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Hi I’m Rosalyn Henn!

I graduated in 2015 from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and a minor in Business Administration. I have just completed my first year of graduate school at the University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Cancer Biology, where I have both Dr. Danny Welch and Dr. Devin Koestler as my Co-PIs. I am interested in utilizing Next-Gen sequencing technologies to help better understand and direct studies in the field of  Cancer Biology. I was chosen as a 2017 University of Kansas Chancellor’s Fellow, which allowed me to meet other motivated graduate students across the University of Kansas’s campus. Outside of the lab (and time at the computer!), I enjoy running, yoga, and experiencing all that Kansas City has to offer!

Brittany Jack


My name is Brittany Jack, and I recently finished my first year in graduate school at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I joined the Avasthi Lab in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department. We study the kinetics and regulation of cilia assembly using Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as our model organism. My project centers around actin redundancy in Chlamydomonas and its role in cilia assembly. I was awarded an NSF graduate research fellowship as an undergraduate in March of 2017. I graduated from Rockhurst University in May 2017 with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  As part of my NSF fellowship, I am involved in creating/providing undergraduate research opportunities to students at Rockhurst University.  When I am not in the lab I enjoy going to the movies, being a pet parent, and spending time with family and friends.

Thanks for joining us! Brae, Rosalyn and Brittany



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