Lab Alumni

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
-Walt Disney

Axel Shum

Research Technician - July 2012 to June 2013

“Dr. Zeitlinger is both a remarkable researcher and an inspiring teacher, and I think the Stowers Institute is very lucky to have her. What I learned in her lab at Stowers transformed the way I interpret scientific literature, approach complex problems, and work in a collaborative environment. It was an incredible experience that I remember fondly, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her team.”

Axel is currently in his 2nd Year of Residency at Medical College of Wisconsin.

Bjoern Gaertner

Predoctoral Researcher - May 2008 to March 2013

“My doctoral training in the Zeitlinger lab has given me the unique opportunity and freedom to leverage my expertise in chromatin biology and perform cutting-edge research in the competitive field of gene regulation. I feel that during my time in the lab I have grown immensely as a scientist, and I’m truly thankful to all lab members for being fantastic colleagues, mentors, and friends.”

Bjoern is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sander Lab at the University of California-San Diego


Jeff Johnston

Research Specialist - July 2009 to September 2016

“Being a part of the Zeitlinger Lab and the Stowers Institute for over seven years was an exceptional experience. Not only did I learn an entirely new set of valuable scientific skills, but the dedication, professionalism and scientific curiosity of the dozens of colleagues with whom I worked made my time there uniquely rewarding.”

Jeff is currently a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Children's Mercy Hospital.



Kai Chen

Predoctoral Student - May 2008 to June 2013

“Five years as graduate student in Zeitlinger lab shaped me the way of thinking developmental question in genomic way, and I benefit a lot from what I learnt in such free and supportive environment in Stowers.”

Kai is currently a Professor at the Institute of Primate Translational Medicine, Kunming University of Science and Technology in China.


Malini Natarajan

Postdoctoral Research Associate - August 2011 to August 2016

Malini is currently an Investigator at Brown University.



Nina Koenecke

Predoctoral Researcher - May 2010 to May 2015


Nina is currently a Molecular Biologist living in Germany..

Qiye He

Postdoctoral Researcher - May 2008 to May 2014

“This is the most inspiring place that I ever have been to. We always have an open and stimulating atmosphere in the lab about science and research. This is also where I have learned so much about genomics and system biology. It will open new avenues for me in my current explorations in neurosciences.”


Qiye is currently a Senior Manager of Research and Development at Singlera Genomics in Shanghai City, China.

Robin Fropf

Postdoctoral Researcher - December 2015 to April 2017


Robin is currently a Reseach Scientist at NanoString Technolgies, Inc., in Seattle, Washington.

Sergio Garcia-Moreno Alcantara

Predoctoral Researcher - 2016 to 2021.



Wanqing Shao

Predoctoral Researcher - September 2012 to September 2018
Undergraduate Researcher - July 2011 to May 2012

“It was an honor to be able to work at the Zeitlinger lab as a graduate student. It is such an exceptional place to do science, and the mentorship given by Julia truly inspired and shaped me towards being an independent researcher. I’m also grateful for all the guidance and support provided by the Zeitlinger lab members, they helped make my PhD journey such an amazing experience”

Wanqing is currently a Postdoctoral Reseach Associate at Washington University in St. Louis.

Vivekanandan Ramalingam

Postgraduate Researcher – January 2020 – October 2020
Predoctoral Researcher – August 2013 – December 2019
Stowers Summer Scholar – May 2011 – August 2011

“Grad school takes a big portion of someones life. I am glad that I got to spend it in Julia’s lab. Insightful Julia, ever helpful Malini and Nina, amazing Sara, master Jeff, partner in crime Sergio, forever friend Khyati; what else can anyone ask for. In Julia’s lab, I had all the freedom and resources to pursue all questions of my interest; where imagination was the limit.”

Vivek is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Stanford University

Curtis Bacon

Postdoctoral Research Associate – April 2020 – April 2022

Curtis is currently a Research Scientist at Eurofins Viracor

Sabrina Krueger

Postdoctoral Research Associate - January 2018 to February 2023

Sabrina is currently a Scientific Training Officer at EMBL Heidelberg

Nilay Shah

Postdoctoral Research Associate - April 2019 to October 2022

Nilay is currently a Consulting Scientist for NCGM Global