Lab Alumni

Hai Vo, Ph.D. was born and raised in Georgia and attended Georgia State earning his B.S. His dissertation research focused on understanding the role of klotho at the synapse. Hai has won multiple awards to fund his graduate work and related travel, most recently he was awarded the Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award. He defended his thesis in March 2019 and is now a on staff at Discovery BioMed in Birmingham, AL.

Molly Strickland hails from Montgomery, AL and is an Undergraduate Neuroscience Program major in the lab to complete her honors thesis work. Molly is interested in clinical psychology and serves as a Peer-Coach for UAB. Her work in the lab has been focused on identifying synaptic proteins that interact with klotho. Molly is also part of UAB’s A Capella team, a skill that served her well in developing an award winning music video about her research.

Will McLean, a native of Birmingham, AL, is a graduate of the UAB Honors College and Undergraduate Neuroscience Program having completed his honors thesis work with Dr. Scott Wilson. He worked in the King lab as part of a dual assignment technician for the Wilson and King labs at UAB. Will is the mouse Tsar taking amazing care of the mouse colony that is critical for our research discoveries. Will is also the go-to confocal microscopy master and the man tasked with anything involving computer programming.

Tate Pollock was a hurricane Katrina refugee when his family settled in Birmingham. He is was a member of the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program at UAB, graduating in 2019. Tate’s thesis work in the lab was focused on understanding the effect of FGF-23 deficiency on normal brain function. Tate is also a long-boarder and rapper. One of those skills depleted the lab of first aid supplies, the other led to development of an award winning music video about his work in the lab. Tate joins the University of Miami’s graduate school in 2019.

Melissa Garcia joined the lab through the UAB PREP program which provides a year of research training and professional development for under-represented groups. Melissa particularly developed methods for the lab to allow us to understand klotho’s effect on seizure susceptibility. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in UAB’s GBS program. Melissa remains the undisputed champion of the King lab’s highly competitive “who’s got crabs” lab game (115 days).

Ann Laszczyk, Ph.D., holds the King lab record for most consonants in a last name. She grew up in Michigan and graduated with her BS from Central Michigan University. She joined the UAB GBS theme CMDB and subsequently became the first graduate student in the King lab. Ann’s work focused on characterizing the effect of klotho deficiency and overexpression on adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus. Ann graduated with her Ph.D. in 2017 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michgan.

Dailey Nettles was a undergraduate neuroscience major at UAB and completed her thesis work with us conducting the first evaluation of the FGF-23 deficient mouse brain. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Stephanie Fox is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a lab technician with the King lab before beginning her Ph.D. work at UAB. She is now a member of the Cowell lab and well on her way to completing her Ph.D.

Astha Maltare was a lab technician for the King lab and how holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy.

Stephen Mehi set the bar pretty high when as the first undergraduate student, he also became the King lab’s first, first author. Stephen graduated with an honors degree in Biomedical Engineering is now in the biotech industry in CA.

Sarah Baine joined the lab during a gap year to gain some research experience. She is now a nurse for UAB/Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

Dominique Tull was our first summer student AND first award winner. As a McNair Scholar he spent time in the lab conducting summer research and was awarded for that work at the UAB summer EXPO. Dominique now holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Ashley Adamson was a student at Jacksonville State University (no the one in Alabama). She arrived to the lab through the UAB Summer Program in Neuroscience. As a new BS holding graduate she is now pursuing additional professional development working for Dr. Jeremy Herskowitz at UAB.

Kayla Bishop is a Howard University graduate. She spent a year in the King lab thanks to the UAB PREP program which seeks to support students who are under-represented in science. Kayla attended Wayne State University and is now a medical researcher in Texas.

Jessica Froula came to the King lab through the Summer Program in Neuroscience and then just didn’t leave, choosing to continue working with us to complete her honors thesis for Birmingham Southern University. Jessica was then a technician for 2 years in the Volpicelli-Daley lab at UAB. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.

Katie Swint was a member of the undergraduate neuroscience program when she joined the lab to complete her honors thesis research. She is now in medical school at UAB.

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