Lab Members

Lab Members

Kelsey Maxwell

Kelsey Maxwell

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kelsey earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from The MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston, Texas. Her doctoral work, under Dr. John Hancock, focused on the spatial organization of Rac1, an important driver of cell migration and metastasis. Her B.S. is in Marine and Freshwater Biology from UT Austin.

 
Shah Jafri

Shah Jafri

SURISKD Fellow

Shah will be entering his fourth year at the University of Kansas. He is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in economics. Shah plans to attend medical school after completing his bachelor’s degree.

 
Chase Melick

Chase Melick

Graduate Student

Chase earned his B.S. in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego, where he focused on the role of Notch signaling in hematopoietic stem-cell specification. He worked briefly as a research technician, then went to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland, where he studied vertebrate vascular development. Chase is a graduate student in the Genetics, Development and Disease Program. In the Jewell laboratory, he is studying the crosstalk between mTORC1 and amino-acid metabolism.

 
Delong Meng

Delong Meng

Postdoctoral Fellow

Delong earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Fudan University, China, where he worked with Dr. Daru Lu. His graduate work focused on the role of several key genes in the pathogenesis of human glioma. As a postdoctoral fellow, his research focuses on the mechanisms through which the mTOR pathway senses amino acids.

 
Greg Urquhart

Greg Urquhart

Lab Manager/Technician

Greg is a joint lab manager/technician for the Jewell and Tagliabracci Labs. Greg has an AAS degree in biotechnology from Collin College. He has been at UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2001.

 
Huanyu Wang

Huanyu (Austin) Wang

Research Assistant

Huanyu earned his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Bradford in England. In 2017, he earned his M.S. in Pharmacology and Neuroscience from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where he explored structure-activity relationships of ligands to receptors.

 
Qianmei Yang

Qianmei Yang

Research Technician

Qianmei graduated from Anhui Agricultural University in China with a major in computer information management. In 2016, she started as a research technician in the Bezprozvanny lab, where she studied calcium signaling and neurodegenerative disorders. In the Jewell lab, she is working on amino-acid sensing mechanisms of mTORC1 pathway.