About Us

Former Lab Members

Graduate Students

Joined LabDefendedNow at
Marie Schluterman Integrative Biology Jan 2005 Aug. 2009 Postdoctoral fellow,
UAMS, Little Rock, AR
Shanna Arnold Integrative Biology Jan 2005 Dec. 2009 Postdoctoral fellow,
Vanderbilt University
Lee Rivera Cell Regulation 2006 Nov. 2010 Postdoctoral fellow,
Laura Sullivan Cancer Biology March 2007 Aug. 2011 Consultant/analyst,
ClearView Healthcare Partners,
Newton, Mass.
Kristi Lynn Cancer Biology March 2007 July 2011 Postdoctoral fellow,


Now at
Amanda (Robinson) Kirane, M.D. General surgery resident July 2009- June 2012 4th year surgical resident,
Katherine Ostapoff, M.D. General surgery resident July 2010 – June 2012 4th year surgical resident,
Puja Gupta, M.D. Pediatric hematology/oncology fellow Aug. 2008 – July 2010 Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Christina Roland, M.D. General surgery resident July 2007 - June 2009 Fellow, Surgical Oncology,
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Sean Dineen, M.D. General surgery resident July 2006 – June 2008 Assistant Professor,
Department of Surgery
Adam W. Beck, M.D. General surgery resident July 2003 – June 2005 Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Florida
Shane E. Holloway, M.D. General surgery resident July 2002 – June 2004 Private practice
Amarillo, Texas
Grzegorz Korpanty, M.D., Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow Nov. 2003 – Feb. 2006 Clinical Fellow
Department of Medical Oncology
Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Sabeeha Muneer, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow Nov. 2002 – Dec. 2005 Science writer
Latha Shivakumar, Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellow Jan. 2005 – Dec. 2005 Science writer

SURF Students

NamePositionDatesNow at
Andrew Miller, M.D. Summer Student 2004 Received M.D. from Univeristy of Florida and is now a Fellow in Emergency Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital
Jessica Shih, Ph.D. Summer Student 2004 Received Ph.D. from Stanford in BME, and now works for Southwest Research Institution in San Antonio
Michelle Ward, B.S. Summer Student 2008 Received her B.S. at Princeton University
Jordan Braunfeld Summer Student 2010,2011 Starting Senior year at George Washington and will go to medical school, potentially here at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Courtney Goldstein Summer Student 2012 Currently in Brekken Lab, will begin her senior year at Austin College and will go to grad school potentially here at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

STAR Students

NamePositionDatesNow at
Traian Pop Summer Student 2013 Currently at Townview High School in the Talented and Gifted Program. Plans on attending the Naval Academy after graduation
Jessica Long Summer Student 2010 Currently at University of Texas in Austin, studying history.