Moriarity Lab Team

Principal Investigator

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Branden Moriarity, PhD

Full Bio



Post-Doctoral Associates

  • Amy Molan, PhD

PhD Students

  • Kelsie Becklin
    • My research focuses primarily on generating new cancer models using induced pluripotent stem cells and genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9. My goal is that these models will provide an improved platform to screen cancer therapies prior to clinical testing and aid in the investigation of the genes and pathways that lead to cancer initiation, progression, and various drug responses. 
  • Kanut Laoharawee
    • I’m a 3rd Year graduate student in the Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics Program. My research focus on engineering primary human B lymphocytes (a.k.a. B cells) to create clinical products for treating human diseases. My long-term goal is to utilize our immune cells.

  • Emily Pomeroy
    • I am a third-year graduate student in the Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Program. My research involves engineering primary human NK cells with the goal of creating clinical products to treat human disease. My long-term goal is to become an independent investigator in the fields of immunology and genome engineering, with a focus on clinical translation. 
  • Branden Smeester
    • In my research, I aim to develop an understanding of the genes and pathways that control osteosarcomagenesis in order to provide new targets for therapeutic development and translation.


  • Sam Bingea
  • Samantha Lee
  • Madison Vignes
  • Kenta Yamamoto
    • I am a fourth year undergraduate student in the College of Biological Sciences, majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development. I am involved in a research project using "Base Editor" technology to edit hematopoietic stem cells, to correct disease-causing mutations. My long-term goal is to pursue medical research such as genome engineering or medicinal chemistry, as well as potentially practice medicine.

Research Staff

  • Micki Diers, Lab Manager
  • Matt Johnson
  • Mitchell Kluesner
  • Walker Lahr
  • Cara-lin Lonetree
    • Cara-lin joined the lab in November 2017 and is the lead technician on the T-cell base editor project. She has a BSc in Zoology from University of Wisconsin - Madison and an MSc in Cell & Gene Therapy from University College London. She eats a lot of chocolate and you can bring her some any time.

Administrative Team

  • Emerson Fuller, Administrative Assistant
  • Rebecca Godar, Administrative Support
  • Sandra Wagner, Lab Safety Manager