Research Technician II



I’ve been a technician at the Stowers Institute since 2005.  My first years were spent supporting many of the research labs from within the Tissue Culture Core.  There I worked with mouse ES cells, generated mutant lines, and performed cryopreservation and IVF. In 2012 my interests shifted more toward research, and I joined the Gibson lab, where I now work with the sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis. My primary goals are to establish transgenic lines and support the expansion of this research model in our lab.  I rely primarily on CRISPR/Cas9-mediated homologous recombination for targeting and am interested in adapting recombination methods well established in model organisms to Nematostella.





B.A.  Biology, William Jewell College (2005)





Cell-Cycle-Coupled Oscillations in Apical Polarity and Intercellular Contact Maintain Order in Embryonic Epithelia.

Ragkousi, K., Marr, K., McKinney, S., Ellington, L., Gibson, M.C.

Current Biology. 2017;27(9): 1381-86.



Prevention of the neurocristopathy Treacher Collins syndrome through inhibition of p53 function.

Jones, N.C., Lynn, M.L., Gaudenz, K., Sakai, D., Aoto, K., Rey, J.P., Glynn, E.F., Ellington, L., Du, C., Dixon, J., Dixon, M.J., and Trainor, P.A.

Nature Medicine. 2008. 14(2): 125-33.






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