Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Specialists (Ph.D. level)

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  • Kyle Flippo, PhD, 2017-2022
    • Received a Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) award, 1/15/20 - 1/14/22
    • Currently an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa
  • Katie Markan, PhD, 2012-2017
    • Received an NIH/NIDDK F32 DK102347-01A1 Postdoctoral Fellowship - “A Novel Therapeutic Approach to Combat Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, “9/1/14 - 1/31/17 (Potthoff, Sponsor)
    • Received an American Heart Association (AHA) 15POST23100017 - “A Novel Therapeutic Approach to Combat Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome,” 1/1/15-12/31/16 (Declined on 12/2014 as received alternative funding) (Potthoff, Sponsor),
    • Currently a Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology, University of Iowa

Graduate Students

  • Magdalene Ameka, PhD (Molecular & Cell Biology), 2014-2017, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Lucas BonDurant, PhD (Molecular & Cell Biology), 2015-2018, Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, currently at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, MA
  • Sharon Jensen-Cody, PhD (Molecular Medicine), 2016-2020, Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, currently at Merck, South San Francisco, CA
  • Bolu Zhou, PhD (Neuroscience and Pharmacology), 2018-2022, currently at Ring Therapeutics, Boston MA
  • Sheps Kings-McAlpin (Molecular Medicine, MSTP), 2017-2021, currently finishing his MD 

Research Assistant Professor

  • Kathleen received her B.A. from Hope College in Holland, MI where she double majored in biology and psychology. She completed her PhD work in Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition at the University of Chicago before moving to Boston for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School focusing on adipose metabolism and exercise physiology. In 2012, Kathleen joined Dr. Potthoff’s lab as a postdoc. In 2016, became junior faculty in Department, establishing her research program focused on beige adipocyte development and effects of exercise on adipose tissue metabolism. Her hobbies include reading and writing and is an avid CrossFit athlete who enjoys training and coaching.