Dr. Rubinstein received his PhD from Cornell University in 2008. He has extensive experience in genetics applied towards a diverse array of research topics, including neuroscience, behavior, reproduction, and bioinformatics. He has always sought to generate tools to best address important research questions. Dr. Rubinstein was most recently a member of a team led by Profs. Melissa Harrison, Kate O'Connor-Giles, and Jill Wildonger, and this group was the first to publish the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in Drosophila. In this team, he helped generate a dozen genome-edited flies and built a website to assistant CRISPR/Cas9 project design.
Kathy received her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1989 and her M.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1991 where she first learned to manipulate mammalian embryos. She worked in Transgenic Animal Facility (TAF) from 1991-2005, returned to TAF in 2010 and has been the Facility Manager since 2013. In 2010, Kathy trained in the lab of Dr. Tadao Serikawa in Kyoto, Japan to learn rat embryo and sperm techniques such as cryopreservation and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injections. In 2014, she participated in the CARD-RPCI Sperm and Embryo Cryopreservation Course at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY and in 2016, she attended the International Society for Transgenic Technology meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.
Brent received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2012. He then continued on to complete his M.S. in Biochemistry at Iowa State University in 2015. Brent trained in the lab of Tom Bobik where he learned genetic recombineering methods. Brent joined GEAM in October 2016 and manages animal and cell genotyping and generates cell lines using the latest of CRIPSR/Cas9 gene editing technology.
Megan received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate degree she worked in labs focusing on genetics and animal metabolism. She joined GEAM in July of 2018. She manipulates mouse embryos, is responsible for embryo transfers and manages our rat colonies.
Hilary received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2015. While there, she worked as an undergraduate assistant in Dr. Martha Gillette’s Clockworks Lab. She joined the GEAM in November 2018 and is responsible for IVF as well as sperm and embryo cryopreservation.
Bekah is the newest addition to our team. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May, 2019 with a B.S. in zoology and conservation biology.
Conrad is currently in his Senoir year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is pursuing her B.S. in Genetics. Conrad began working at GEAM in the spring of 2018.