Former Lab Members

Nicole Nuckolls

Nicole Nuckolls grew up visiting Kansas City and fell in love with the city. Because of this, she chose Rockhurst University for her undergraduate degree. While at Rockhurst, she developed a passion for biology and research. Thankfully, there was a world-class research institute right next door to Rockhurst: the Stowers Institute! She completed undergraduate research in Dr. Scott Hawley’s lab at the Institute, working on female meiosis. She became fascinated with the process of meiosis, a fascination that continued to grow in the lab of Dr. Sarah Zanders. She enjoyed studying meiosis in the light of genetic conflict, and completed her Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute in August 2020. Her next step is working as a post-doc at the university of Colorado in Julia Cooper's lab, studying fission yeast telomeres and centromeres. You may contact Nicole at


The wtf4 meiotic driver utilizes controlled protein aggregation to generate selective cell death.
Nuckolls NL, Mok AC, Lange JJ, Yi K, Kandola TS, Hunn AM, McCroskey S, Snyder JL, Bravo Núñez MA, . McClain ML, McKinney SA, Wood C, Halfmann R, and . Zanders SE.  2020. [In publication].

wtf genes are prolific dual poison-antidote meiotic driver.
Nuckolls N.L., Bravo Núñez M.A., Eickbush M.T., Young J.M., Lange J.J., Yu J.S., Smith G.R., Jaspersen S.L., Malik H.S., Zanders S.E. eLife.2017; 6:e26033