O'Donnell Lab Graduate Students
Ray (Wes) Bowman- 5th Year Graduate Student
Originally from Stoystown, PA
B.S. in Biology from Seton Hill University (2010)
Currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh
Joined the lab: March 2016 (Rotated December 2015)
Wes is the O'Donnell lab's first graduate student and his research will focus on defining how postranslational modifications regulate α-arrestin function. Specifically, Wes is working to define the ubiquitin-dependent interactome for α-arrestins as well as mapping α-arrestin phosphorylation changes using MS analyses. As part of his work in the O'Donnell lab, Wes will be helping to redesign the Cell and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Superlab (371W) to incorporate α-arrestin research. His future plans are to secure a professorship and continue his teaching career while starting his own lab to conduct research and train a new generation of scientists. When not in the lab, Wes enjoys exploring the outdoors, fanatically rooting for the Colts and Cavaliers, and enjoying time with his wife and son!
Natalie A. Hager- 4th Year Graduate Student
Originally from: Franklin, PA
B.S. in Biology from Juniata College (2016)
Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh
Joined the lab: April 2017 (Rotated September 2016)
Natalie is the O'Donnell lab's second graduate student, having joined the lab in April of 2017. Her research focuses on understanding α-arretin-mediated regulation of the mammalian potassium channels, Kir2.1. Kir2.1 is important for maintaining potassium homeostasis in cardiac cells. Natalie is working on transitioning her findings in yeast to a mammalian model with HEK293T cells and primary cardiomyocytes. Her future plans include working for a BioTech company. When not in the lab, Natalie enjoys watching The Office, reading, running, yoga, and playing bocce ball & basketball with her friends.