LAB MEMBERS

Ariel Bazzini

Assistant Investigator

Ariel Bazzini, Ph.D., cannot recall a time when he did not play soccer during his childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I started kicking the ball as soon as I learned how to walk,” he says. “Like most kids in Argentina, I dreamed of playing for the national team.” At the age of 15, he began having another dream -- about becoming a scientist. His interest in science was sparked by his middle school biology teacher’s lectures about the Human Genome Project. “I love genes and studying how they work, and how their functions impact life,” says Bazzini, who received a Ph.D. in molecular biology in 2007 at the University of Buenos Aires. For his doctoral dissertation, he studied plant genetics in the laboratory of Sebastian Asurmendi, Ph.D., at the Institute of Biotechnology in Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). Prior to joining Stowers as an assistant investigator in 2016, Dr. Bazzini was a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently an associate research scientist in the laboratory of Antonio J. Giraldez, Ph.D., in the Department of Genetics at Yale University. Dr. Bazzini’s current focus on the regulation of gene expression in vertebrates originated during his time at Yale, but with the Institute’s physical resources and the expertise of the scientific staff, he has the flexibility to choose the most fitting model organism, from self-generating flatworms to zebrafish to mice, for his particular research questions. And he looks forward to jumping into projects he has yet to imagine. You may contact him at arb@stowers.org.

Michelle DeVore

Research Technician II

Michelle DeVore is a Research Technician in the Bazzini Lab who came to the Institute from KU Medical Center, where she studied molecular biotechnology and clinical laboratory science. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t passionate about all aspects of science—from cosmology to medicine—but she’s especially interested in the processes which define life and make one cell different from the next. She is very excited to be a part of the Bazzini Lab where she has the opportunity to be involved in diverse and fascinating research. She enjoys working at the Stowers Institute because there are so many different resources and an immense number of opportunities to learn from scientists and experts across a variety of fields. Michelle has two brilliant teenage daughters and three dogs at home, as well as a wonderful family who have been incredibly supportive of her desire to pursue a career in science. Outside of family and the lab, her greatest loves are nature and animals of all kinds. You may contact her at mdv@stowers.org.

Jacqelyn Hand

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jacqelyn Hand grew up in the Kansas City area and received her undergraduate and master’s degree from Kansas State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from West Virginia University, and as life would have it, she found herself back in Kansas City as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Bazzini Lab. “Working in the Bazzini Lab is fantastic. I love studying codon optimality; it’s just beginning to be uncovered and it turns out that it is a basic fundamental process.” In her spare time, Jackie enjoys at-home benchwork (cooking) and culturing flora (gardening). You may contact Jackie at jhd@stowers.org.

Santiago Medina

Undergrad Researcher

Santiago Medina is an undergraduate student in genomics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He first joined the Zeitlinger Lab as a Summer Scholar and began working on transcriptional regulation. After completing another internship at the Zeitlinger Lab, Santiago decided to join the Bazzini Lab where he is finishing his undergraduate thesis. These experiences raised Santiago’s interest in computational biology. He aims to answer biological problems about translational regulation using computational and statistical methods. He enjoys horseback riding, writing code, and reading books. You may contact him at smedina@stowers.org.

Shivani Sharma

Research Technician I

Shivani Sharma was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She studied zoology for a year at Miranda House, Delhi University, but her passion for Neuroscience research brought her to America. She completed her undergraduate from Northwest Missouri State University where she worked on chemistry research projects involving instruments like ICP-OES and LC-MS. In 2016, she joined the Stowers Institute as a Summer Scholar, working with Inducible Gal4 system in Drosophila to develop transgenic lines. She also worked with CRISPR to modify some of the translation factors. The experience was so rewarding that upon graduation, she returned to the Stowers Institute as a Research Technician for the Bazzini Lab. She is fascinated by the work she’s doing with RNA and plans to continue in this field for many years. You may contact Shivani at sis@stowers.org.

Bonny Moseley

Senior Administrative Assistant

Bonny Moseley is the senior administrative assistant for the Bazzini Lab. She has always lived in the Kansas City area. She received a BA in English from Truman State University and before coming to the Stowers Institute, she spent several years in retail management. She’s delighted to use her skills supporting critical research happening in labs like Dr. Bazzini’s. At home, Bonny supports two teenagers and two dogs, and when she’s not working, she’s knitting. You may contact her at bnm@stowers.org.

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