Michael S. Werner

Principle Investigator

Education and work experience:

  • Post-doc: The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology; Department of Integrative Evolutionary Biology (Tübingen, Germany)

  • PhD: Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

  • B.S.: Molecular Biology, Minor in Chemistry: Stetson University (DeLand, FL)

Tobias Loschko

Lab Specialist

Education and work experience:

  • Biotechnology technician at the Max Plank Institute for Developmental Biology in Ralf J. Sommer’s laboratory, Department of Integrative Evolutionary Biology (Tübingen, Germany).

  • Staatsschule für Gartenbau und Landwirtschaft (Hohenheim, Germany).


  • Comparative genomics and community curation further improve gene annotations in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus. Athanasouli M, Witte H, Weiler C, Loschko T, Eberhardt G, Sommer RJ, Rödelsperger C. BMC Genomics. 2020 Oct 12;21(1):708. doi: 10.1186/s12864-020-07100-0.

  • Werner, M. S., Sieriebriennikov, B., Prabh, N., Loschko, T., Lanz, C. & Sommer, R. J. (2018): Young genes have distinct gene structure, epigenetic profiles, and transcriptional regulation. Genome Research, 28, 1675-1687.

  • Werner, M., Sieriebriennikov, B., Loschko, T., Namdeo, S., Lenuzzi, M., Renahan, T., Dardiry, M., Raj, D. & Sommer, R. J. (2017): Environmental influence on Pristionchus pacificus mouth-form through different culture methods. Scientific Reports, 7: 7207.

Shelley Reich

PhD candidate

Education and work experience:

  • M.S.: Biology, Walla Walla University (Walla Walla, WA)

  • B.S.: Biology, Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)

*J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar, summa cum laude

  • Project Coordinator: North Fork John Day Watershed Council


  • Cooper JC, Lukacs A, Reich S, Schauer T, Imhof A, Phadnis N. Altered localization of hybrid incompatibility proteins in Drosophila. Molecular Biology and Evolution 36(8): 1783-1792. 2019.

Samantha (Sam) Nestel


  • University of Utah - Honors program

  • ACCESS student

Benjamin Natividad


  • University of Utah

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award

  • Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Club

  • University of Utah Model United Nations


Education and work experience:

  • Chicago Canine Academy (Chicago, IL)

  • Accomplishments: listed 'first dog in space'